Friday, May 24, 2013

2013 Summer Reading Activities | Grade 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Summer Reading Ideas | 2013 Summer Reading Activities Grade 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

The Great Robot Race: Summer Reading Assignment #1

Read the short wiki article below about DARPA'S Grand Challenge and then watch the PBS Nova program. Write a short summary of what you learned or found interesting and post it to the Reading Sage Blog. 

Extra Credit: Follow the links on the wiki article and or read one of the articles below and do an in-depth research paper about the DARPA challenge and share your findings and opinions with our readers.   

Reading Assignment Extensions |  Digital Presentations: 
Create a Digital Project and share the link and project on the Reading Sage Blog.  

 My Top 10 Digital Presentation Tools! 
  1. Spreaker Create an online podcast or radio show and share with your friends
  2. Vocaroo Online Voice Recorder Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to record and share voice messages, podcast over the internet with no sign up
  3. Glogster Express yourself with the ultimate Glog(TM) - graphic blog. Mix Web, Images, Text, Music and Video.
  4. Little Bird Tales: Capture the Voice of Childhood. We offer a fun,unique way to create,record and share stories online.
  5. Empressor Tell your story anyway you like. Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant. Empressr is the best and original browser based rich media presentation and storytelling tool.
  6. Prezi Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas
  7. Voki Voki is a FREE service that lets you: Create customized avatars. Add voice to your Voki avatars. Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
  8. VUVOX VUVOX allows you to create interactive slideshows and presentations from photos, video and music from Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and YouTube..
  9. Slideshare Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios
  10. Zoho Zoho offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration.

More Reading Opportunities!  STEM RULES!
  1. Stanley: The Robot that Won the DARPA Grand Challenge
  2. Winning the DARPA Grand Challenge with an AI Robot 
  3. Junior: The Stanford Entry in the Urban Challenge 
  4. Why We Compete in DARPA’s Urban ChallengeAutonomous Robot Race

PBS LINK DARPA Grand Challenge

The DARPA Grand Challenge is a prize competition for American driverless vehicles, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the most prominent research organization of the United States Department of Defense. Congress has authorized DARPA to award cash prizes to further DARPA's mission to sponsor revolutionary, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and military use. The initial DARPA Grand Challenge was created to spur the development of technologies needed to create the first fully autonomous ground vehicles capable of completing a substantial off-road course within a limited time. The third event, the DARPA Urban Challenge extended the initial Challenge to autonomous operation in a mock urban environment. The most recent Challenge, the 2012 DARPA Robotics Challenge, will focus on autonomous emergency-maintenance robots. Wiki 

More DARPA Robotics!

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