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Building and Coding Modules

STEM building and coding modules in action.

With over 8 million jobs in STEM, educators are preparing the future workforce at an early age. With rapid advances in technology driving much of the changes in our world, the more comfortable students are with technology today, the better they will function in the world of tomorrow. Starting kids in the right direction is easy with many toys and games geared towards STEM learning.

Encore Data Products has many options for your classroom. Whether you’re looking to combat classroom distractions, or incorporate STEM education into your curriculum we have the right products for you.

Our new Building and Coding Modules can help you spice up your curriculum and get your students excited about a career in STEM.

Students will learn:

  • Circuitry knowledge
  • Hardware operation and control
  • Software programming and coding
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving.

These modules are perfect for kids aged 5 years and up.

If you’re looking for programmable education these modules have the capability and can be modified for younger ages to work without programming. This is a skill that will carry over into a future career in computer programming. The filed is growing at a rapid rate and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 22% increase in careers in programming by 2022. With programming languages evolving, there are many options for students to practice and become experts in the field.

Filled with tons of benefits for your student’s future, STEM is taking over the learning sphere. It exposes students to the creative learning process and allows them to grow through questioning their process and trying new ways of thinking. By allowing your students to apply their learning to build new technology they come to the best solutions. These STEM lessons work a different part of the brain and help your students develop new skills.

STEAM SNIPS™ includes 73 different components. /Each can work with every other module in the set. All that is needed is imagination, inspiration, and curiosity to build an infinite number of combinations of electronics products. These modules will become a favorite of your students and bring fun to your classroom. We make it easy for teachers to stoke the flames of curiosity that open up the world of science, technology, engineering, creativity coding and inventing to their students.

Want to snag a set for your classroom? Get them here: https://www.encoredataproducts.com/robotics-smart-construction/steam-snips-kit-electronic-building-and-coding-modules/

FREE LESSON PLANS and TEACHER RESOURCES FROM HAMILTON BUHL!

Make sure you have everything you need to feel confident when bringing new technologies into the classroom. With HamiltonBuhl STEAM products, teachers have access to FREE resources, helping students get the most out of educational technology.

Easy to implement, relevant products, and sparking curiosity that will last a lifetime!

Encore Data Products can supply the entire line of HamiltonBuhl STEAM products.

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STEAM Learning And Education

Success in college and in the 21st century workplace requires students from elementary school to high school, to learn how to take initiative, prototype and problem solve, work in teams, communicate and build ideas from start to finish.

These are the underpinnings of Project Based Learning and STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. In STEAM environments students learn and develop skills by working in teams, investigate real world problems and engage in building workable solutions.

Teachers don’t have to worry if they’re not coders, engineers or scientists. The right resources can have teachers feeling confident their students are receiving the best education possible.

STEAM Education Resources Include:

  • Teachers guides
  • Standards-aligned lesson plans
  • Instructional videos
  • Tutorials
  • And More!

CLICK HERE FOR FREE RESOURCES!

 

Looking to increase critical thinking skills for 3D STEAM design projects?

If you are looking to increase student engagement for 3D design STEAM learning projects – check out the latest Multi-Filament 3D Printing Pen from Hamilton Buhl!

STEAM education requires an incredible amount of critical and forward thinking. Taking a two-dimensional image and turning it into a three-dimensional object requires complex thought and a plan.

The 3X3D Magic Pen™ is such a great way to walk students through the process of trial and error. 

Building upon the highly successful 3D Magic Pen™, HamiltonBuhl has created the next generation printing pen – The 3X3D Magic Pen™

How it works:

The 3X3D Magic Pen™ holds 3 filaments at the same time and can produce up to 7 different color combinations -WITHOUT having to change filaments!

Extremely easy to use and built with safety in mind; simply plug it in, wait for it to reach the optimal temperature, then press a button to start creating.

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Ergonomically built for a comfortable grip, 3X3D Magic Pen™ comes pre-packaged with 3 vibrant filament colors allowing students to endlessly explore the power of 3D printing technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3X3D Magic Pen™ features:

  • Easy-grip design
  • Ceramic nozzle for safe use
  • Self-feeding motor
  • Adjustable feed speed
  • 3 vibrant filament colors
  • Plug and play simplicity

Offering the ability to handle up to three colors at once allows students to discover even more ways to bring their ideas to life.

Specifications:
  • Easy grip design
  • Feeds 3 filament colors at the same time
  • Self-feeding motors to advance filaments
  • Adjustable feed speed
  • Ceramic nozzle for safe use
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.9mm
  • Power Supply: AC/DC Adapter
  • Voltage: 12V/2A
  • Input Voltage: 100-240V, 50-60Hz
  • Three ABS color filaments included (PLA filaments are not supplied)
  • Filament types for use with the pen: ABS or PLA
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
  • 0.91″ OLED screen
  • Filament operating adjustable temperature: 338-446°F for ABS (PLA filaments not supplied)
  • Warranty: 1 Year

How to use Meural Art Library to teach more curriculum subjects

Looking how to use Meural Art Library to teach a variety of other subjects in the classroom? 

As well as the art sector – Meural is also useful to visually engage students learning about history , geography , science as well as art and art history.

Meural is a digital canvas that allows you to display art and change the image with a wave of your hand.

Available now from Encore Data Products in a variety of frame finishes.

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Perfect for educators and teachers offering a new and innovative way to engage students.

Find works you love, or upload your own. Then, change them with the wave of your hand!

Here are some Meural playlist ideas that highlight the breadth of the collection and how versatile it can be in the classroom.

History


 

 

 

Geography:

Science:

 

 

 

 

Biology Illustrations

Art/Art History:

DESIGNED FOR EDUCATION : THINKWRITE HEADSETS – product spotlight

Looking for products built with durability, comfort and ease of use -specifically  to meet the needs of the education market?

ThinkWrite was born to meet the needs of schools and districts that are implementing mobile devices into their learning environment.

ThinkWrite was formed in 2013 by Mike Guerena, a former Education Technology Director, who saw a need for improved mobile device accessories in classrooms.

Encore Data Products is a happy reseller partner and offers the complete ThinkWrite product line – (here’s a small selection listed below.)

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THINKWRITE ULTRA DURABLE HEADPHONES

Designed specifically for the demands of students in classrooms.

The headphone is constructed with a special ABS plastic that ensures maximum durability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A chew resistant fabric cable prevents damage from even the toughest chewers.

In line volume control standard and cleanable ear pads.

THINKWRITE ULTRA DURABLE HEADSET 3.5MM TRRS PLUG

ThinkWrite headsets have been designed specifically for the demands of students in classrooms. The headset is constructed with a special plastic on the headrest that can be bent to extreme positions and also has an extra thick, chew resistant braided fabric cable with built in volume control.

The headsets are built to take advantage of the iPads and Chromebooks single jack for recording and listening. They are very useful for speech to text and recording voiceovers at schools on the iPad and the Chromebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students can take advantage of the ThinkWrite headsets doing the following:

1. Record themselves reading so teacherscan monitor fluency.
2. Record themselves reading their own writing.
3. Record voice overs for multimedia projects. (iMovie)
4. Get speech feedback from language applications. (Duolingo)
5. Participate in a Skype or FaceTime connection with a student in another state or country.
6. Leave voice feedback on other students work and projects. (Voice Thread)
7. Compose a first draft of a writing assignment using voice to text. (Siri or Dragon)
8. Teach a math concept to other students with Explain Everything.
9. Create an original song in GarageBand with voice effects recorded with headset.
10. Use Siri for voice commands.

Compatible with Scholastic Read 180 and Imagine Learning.

3 Headset Color Options:  Black (90103-BLACK), Navy (90103-NAVY) & Red (90103-RED)

 

THINKWRITE ULTRA LIGHT HEADPHONES

ThinkWrite’s ultra light headphones have been designed specifically for the demands of students in classrooms. The headphone is constructed with a special ABS plastic that ensures maximum durability. A chew resistant fabric cable prevents damage from even the toughest chewers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great lightweight headphone for the classroom at an affordable price.

ThinkWrite Ultra Light headphones feature:

– High Fidelity Sound
– Lightweight and Durable Plastic Frame
– Chew Resistant Fabric Cable

Specifications:

– Driver Unit: 40mm
– Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
– Frequency Response: 20-20000Hz
– Impedance: 32ohs
– Sensitivity: 105FB+/-3dB
– Cord Length: 1.5m
– Cord Material: Braided fabric
– Plug: 3.5mm stereo

1 year manufacturer warranty

THINKWRITE 10 PORT USB CHARGER

Charge 10 iPads or other USB powered devices at once with 2.4 amps per port. Features smart charging chip. Detects your device and delivers its fastest possible charge speed.

 

 

 

 

 

Replace bulky power strip and separate charging adapters with a compact charging station.

An inexpensive alternative to charging carts.

Over-current, over-voltage protection and premium circuitry ensure the reliability, charge your devices fast and safely.

Highest power rating at 120W / 19.2 Amps output for adapter.

Charge only:  Does not sync devices.

Specifications

Input: DC 12V/8A
Output: DC 5V/2.4A (Max) x 10 ports

1 Year manufacturer warranty

 

 

PI-TOP MODULAR LAPTOP – all your questions answered!

pi‑top is a modular laptop that gives students the tools to complete amazing DIY projects and bring inventions to life.

Ideal in a STEM/STEAM curriculum- it’s the perfect tool to help students learn to code, create devices, and empower them to innovate and design.

Available from Encore Data Products – here is a summary of commonly asked questions.

Feel free to call us TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 or ORDER ONLINE.

 

What is pi-top?


pi-top is a build-it-yourself laptop powered by the Raspberry Pi. It has a modular rail. The pi-top is designed for anyone with the hunger to expand their knowledge. Express your creativity through technology by becoming a maker and inventor. It is the easiest way to start using your Raspberry Pi.

What is the difference between pi-top and pi-topCEED?


The pi-top is a modular laptop and  pi-topCEED is a modular desktop.

pi-top fully portable and thus will allow users to deploy the Raspberry Pi in any location with the use of its exceptional 10-hour long-life battery.

The pi-topCEED is an all-in-one stationary desktop with a 14-inch screen ideal to be used as a workstation. It provides all the functionality of the pi-top at a fraction of the cost; allowing schools and enthusiasts to learn how to code, and create using the Raspberry Pi, with ease, at home or the workplace.

Both have our full pi-topOS package on them and easy frontal access to the modular rail for your hardware projects.

How do you code on pi-top?


Using pi-topOS which is bundled with our educational game CEED universe the gamer will learn how to code and create hardware as they progress through the game with the opportunity of enhancing their gaming experience with the use of DIY add-on boards that the user will be instructed on how to build, create and play with.

Do pi-top and/or pi-topCEED have an Audio System?


The pi-top range is steadily increasing.

We have the original pi-top speaker, and now we have the pi-top PULSE.

The speaker board that can be configured for left, right and mono sound via a switch on the bottom of the board.

This attaches to the rail area you will attach the raspberry pi and the pi-top hub boards in the assembly of either the pi-top or the CEED.

The pi-top PULSE has a programmable LED array with lessons available via pi-top CODER

What can you make with pi-top?


All software and hardware creations made with the Raspberry Pi are fully-compatible, and transferable, with the pi-topand the pi-topCEED when used with the proto-board.

This might include stations, flickering LED candles, gaming emulator consoles, wireless music stations and many more other fun maker projects.

Who is pi-top for?


There are no boundaries – the pi-top kit is for anyone wanting to get a greater understanding in computing and become a maker! However, we found the recommended starting age to be 8+.

Does pi-top work like a regular computer?


The pi-top and the pi-topCEED provide the office tasks of a regular desktop with the use of Libre office (compatible with Microsoft office) which allows the user to create:

  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Powerpoints

As well as the standard features of an office desktop; pi-top and pi-topCEEDallow the user to create software and hardware with ease using the following bundled features:

  • 3D Slash
  • Scratch
  • Raspberry Pi Resources
  • Minecraft Pi

All of the features above have been combined to allow creators to easily and affordably bring their creations into the world.

What is pi-topCEED?


The pi-topCEED is a ‘plug & play’ desktop powered by the Raspberry Pi with a magnetic modular rail. It’s a great tool for physical computing or learning how to code – mostly used in the STEAM education classroom.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

What is a pi-topPROTO Board?


pi-topPROTO is a super-charged breadboard for your pi-top or pi-topCEED. Breadboards allow you to build and connect electronic devices to your computer via the General Purpose Input and Output Pins (GPIO). The pins provide power and allow students to write code to operate the devices remotely. They can easily run robots, make traffic light systems with LED’s, even build a heart rate monitor.

It’s the perfect tool to teach physical computing. Simply slide the pi-topPROTO into the Modular Rail and go!

PI-TOP V2 LAPTOP WITH RASPBERRY PI – perfect for a STEM/ STEAM curriculum !

Looking for the perfect tool to help your students learn to code, create awesome devices, and take their knowledge to the next level?

Look no further!

pi‑top is a modular laptop that gives you the tools to complete amazing DIY projects and bring your inventions to life. 

Perfect for a STEM and STEAM curriculum and now available from Encore Data Products.

This product will enhance any collaborative , makerspace learning activity and encourage creativity and innovative learning for students of all ages.

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PI-TOP V2 LAPTOP WITH RASPBERRY PI 3 MODEL B+

Sliding Keyboard Design
Slide out the keyboard to reveal the built in Modular Rail. It’s a workspace for you to build your creations, using pi-top accessories and electronic components.

Includes Inventor’s Kit
pi-top teaches you to create your own inventions on your journey as an inventor. We’ll help you get started with this awesome inventor’s kit click the icons to see what you can make.

pi-topOS: Polaris
At the heart of everything is our shining star – pi-topOS: Polaris – included with pi-top.

Add on options available:

pi-top PULSE – LED and speaker for creating games , light shows and music displays. With full Amazon Alexa compatibility you can even have your pi-top talk to you and answer any question you might have!

pi-top SPEAKER – play sounds, watch videos, code up music and create your own musical projects!

pi-top PROTO – a great prototyping board for physical computing projects.

 

 

 

 

TECH SPECS

DISPLAY
14” full HD LCD screen
1920 x 1080 resolution
180° screen angle range

RASPBERRY PI 3
1.4GHz quad-core arm cortex A53P
4 USB ports
40 GPIO pins
HDMI port
Gigabit Ethernet port
802.11 B/G/N dual-band wireless LAN
Bluetooth 4.2
3.5mm audio jack
Camera interface
Display interface
Micro SD card slot
Videocore IV 3D graphics core

CHASSIS
6-8 hour battery life
105mm sliding keyboard for internal access (US layout)
104x75mm trackpad with Gesture Control
Modular Rail for pi-top accessories

INCLUDED HARDWARE
18V, 2.5A charger with AU, EU, UK and US adapters
8GB class 10 SD CARD with pi-topOS
SD Card Removal Tool

FURTHER INFO
Please note: not compatible with pi‑topSPEAKER mk1
Version can be identified on underside of the pi‑topSPEAKER