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%22We%E2%80%99re proud to introduce Sphero SPRK Edition. Designed to inspire tomorrow%E2%80%99s inventors and innovators%2C this new clear-shelled Sphero is accompanied by the release of a brand new app. Create and execute programs with visual blocks representing our own C-based coding language called OVAL%2C and then immediately see the connection between the program you created and how the guts of your Sphero work. It%E2%80%99s approachable%2C practical%2C and most importantly%2C SPRK is fun.%22

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%22This is a quick start guide to program%C2%A0your Sphero and%C2%A0Ollie robots with Tynker. Here are a few links to get you started with unboxing and pairing the devices with your tablet%3A%0A%0ASphero Kickstart Guide%0AOllie User Guide%0AIn addition%2C Sphero has a great support section on their website with more guides%2C tutorials%2C help and videos.%22

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Muvizu is an animation tool for hobbyists that%27s so easy to use its creators%2C Digimania%2C are increasingly targeting the classroom. The app can be used to create characters%2C sets and bring the whole performance to life with its character animation system. The software includes the following features%3A%0ACreate and customise 3D characters.%0AVirtual lights%2C cameras and special effects.%0AAutomatic lip-synching for any language.%0ALightning fast rendering for quick results.%0AMuvizu has recently added some powerful new tools with the launch of two new versions. Muvizu Play and Muvizu Play%2B both feature customisable characters and sets and automatic lip-synching%2C while lighting quick rendering and full HD output is one of many enhanced Play%2B features. A special educational version of Muvizu will be launched in September designed for K12 students and above.

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%22The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts the global market for battery storage will grow from %24US220 million %28%24302 million%29%C2%A0in 2014 to %24US18 billion by 2023. Ivor Frischknecht%2C chief executive of Australian Renewable Energy Agency%2C calls it an %22energy revolution%22. %22If batteries are cheap enough this value proposition will ensure that most homes have solar and storage within a few years%2C%22 he says. With the world%27s highest%C2%A0uptake of residential solar per capita%2C Australian demand for batteries that allow households to better match up the power generated from their rooftop panels with when they%C2%A0want to use it is primed to take off.%22

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%22Published on 3 Aug 2015%0AAmericans eat a lot of meat. We eat nearly twice as much as the average Norwegian and roughly nine times as much as the average Ghanaian. Why%E2%80%99s that%3F Well%2C our past informs our future %28and our present%29%2C so I called a meat historian%2C Maureen Ogle%2C to find out. Watch the video to find out more.%22

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%22%E2%80%9CMost of the people that I know who got into science and technology benefited from a set of informal experiences before they had much formal training%2C%E2%80%9D said Dale Dougherty%2C editor of Make Magazine and founder of Maker Faire on KQED%E2%80%99s Forum program. %E2%80%9CAnd I mean%2C like building rockets in the backyard%2C tinkering%2C playing with things. And that created the interest and motivation to pursue science.%E2%80%9D That spirit of play and discovery of knowledge is missing from much of formal education%2C Dougherty said. Students not only have no experience with making or the tools needed to build things%2C they%E2%80%99re often at a tactile deficit. %E2%80%9CSchools haven%E2%80%99t changed%2C but the students have%2C%E2%80%9D Dougherty said. %E2%80%9CThey don%E2%80%99t come with these experiences.%E2%80%9D%22

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%22PUT A COMPUTER on a sniper rifle%2C and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon%2C and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own%E2%80%94and a very different idea of the target.%22

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%22Nature Valley Canada recently sat down three generations of families and asked them one simple question%2C %E2%80%9CWhat did you like to do for fun as a kid%3F%E2%80%9D Take a moment to see how they responded%2C then grab your kids and go rediscover the joy of nature.%22

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%22Last week I presented three webinars on behalf of Simple K12 %28the recordings will be available later this week%29. The third of those webinars was all about Google Drive Add-ons and Chrome extensions for teachers. If you couldn%27t attend the live webinar%2C you can still grab the handout here or view it as embedded below.%22

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