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Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 3 Mike Parks
For part 3 of “Mouser’s STEAMy Summer” series, we will go through each step to build the circuit and program the Arduino MKR1000 for your ultraviolet (UV) monitor and alert project so that you and your young, aspiring engineer can protect your family when you’re out enjoying the sun.

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 2 Mike Parks
In part 1 of our STEAMy summer blog, we talked about the resources available for parents and kids to explore STEAM topics so that they can develop hands-on embedded electronics skills through project-based learning. Now in part 2, we will dive into designing and coding an UV monitor and alert buzzer.

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 1 of 3 Mike Parks
This STEAM-inspired three-article series will explore the available resources to assist you and your kids on a maker’s adventure and walk you through an embedded electronics project. We will cover the design, build, and code for the project as well as discuss how the data from the project can be useful to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla! Mouser Staff
Nikola Tesla: Genius or charlatan? Maybe a little bit of both, but there is no disputing that Nikola Tesla, who would 162 years old on July 10th if he were alive today, had a flair for showmanship and a major impact on the advancement of applied electrical technologies. But what if Tesla were still alive today at a time when many of his inventions and ideas have been developed beyond even his wildest imagination? We decided to find out what electrical engineers thought....

Book Review: The Manga Guide to Microprocessors John Blyler
Want to learn or brush up on basic computer-processor concepts through the entertaining guise of a manga tale? The Manga Guide to Microprocessors encourages learning by adding an engaging framework covering the intricate details of the hardware and software that make up the central processing unit (CPU), the brain of all things electronic.

Shaping Smarter Cities: Augmented Reality Engages K-12 Students, Improves Learning Jose Chavez
Augmented reality is challenging traditional K-12 teaching methods by simultaneously meeting visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles.

Shaping Smarter Cities: Thanks to Augmented Reality, Not All Statues Are Mute Mouser Staff
Using augmented reality, we can capture the words and verbal expression of historical characters, bring text to life, and create new interactive experiences.

Why Inventiveness is More Important Now Than Ever Steven Keeping
The buzzword “innovation” has become something of a mantra for the technology sector, designed to stimulate the out-of-the-box thinking needed to come up with winning products against ever tougher competition. But innovation is perhaps as wrong a mantra today as it was in the seventeenth century when, according to an article in The Atlantic, innovators were more likely to have their ears cut off and be thrown into jail than celebrated. What we need today, more than ever, is not innovation, but invention.

Making Art with Engineering Benjamin Miller
This past semester I took an embedded systems course where my lab partner and I had to design a video game system, from the game software to the controls. When we were finished, the breadboard we were working with was an absolute mess. I was perfectly happy with it simply working. My partner, however, insisted that we clean it up and 3D print an enclosure for it, like a true video game.

STEM Scouts: Boy Scouts of America’s New STEM Initiative (That’s for Girls Too!) Mike Parks
Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. The STEM Movement, along with the Maker Movement, have been transformative forces in our modern society. Both have rekindled a spirit of “can do” optimism and excitement for exploring the unknown that has lain dormant for many of us. The Maker Movement has retaught us that getting your hands dirty and having a do-it-yourself mentality is not just pragmatic or thrifty, it is also just plain fun.

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