Lego’s Newest Sets Leverage the World’s Most Popular Toy to Teach Kids Braille

A couple of years ago, design agency Lew’LaraTBWA created a set of Lego-like bricks that used the plastic stubs to recreate the patterns that make up the braille alphabet. It was such a clever way to help encourage blind or visually impaired children to learn braille that Lego is officially releasing its own Braille Bricks collection. Read More >>

This See-Through Combination Lock Unravels the Mystery of Lockers

As you raced through your locker combination four or five times a day during school, did you ever stop to wonder how those seemingly random rotations actually worked to protect your lunch and textbooks? The lock’s mysterious inner workings were always hidden away under a metal case, but this clear plastic replica finally reveals what’s going on inside. Read More >>

Here’s Some Stuff Apple Might Launch Next Week at Its Education Event

It’s been about six years since Apple’s last education-focused event, but the company’s upcoming keynote on March 27th could mean more affordable devices and improved educational apps for classrooms and college campuses, a move designed to get more iOS devices in the hands of students. Read More >>

A Textbook That Turns Into a Lifesized Paper Skeleton Should be Standard at Med Schools

Human anatomy is something better learned by studying detailed models, or actual people. Mastering the ins and outs of the human body isn’t the easiest thing to learn from a textbook, although once you hit the last page of Taschen’s latest tome, you’ll have a pretty solid understanding of the human skeleton, having just built one. Read More >>

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Chemistry Should Only Be Taught Using Gorgeous Microscopic Footage of Chemical Reactions

Hands-on experiments can make studying chemistry slightly more enjoyable, but the bulk of the learning usually comes from a massive and boring textbook. Maybe the world would have more aspiring chemists if lessons were instead taught using these microscopic videos of chemical reactions happening right before your eyes. Read More >>

LEGO Made a Miniature Working Version of the Panama Canal

Have you ever wondered how the largest ships in the world are able to cross Panama as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic? The locks system in the Panama Canal are a modern engineering marvel, and how they work is now cleverly explained through this new LEGO Education set. Read More >>

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You Can Learn a Lot About Physics Watching Skateboard Tricks

Most people look at skateboarders as hooligans, turning public parking lots and shopping malls into their own private skateparks. But it turns out a professional boarder can teach you more about physics than your high school science teacher ever could. You just need someone to explain what’s going on during ollies, kick flips, and rail slides. [YouTube via Hypebeast] Read More >>

How the Apollo Astronauts Guided Their Ships With a Brilliantly Simple Telescope

One of the most impressive aspects of the Apollo space programme was how NASA worked around the limitations in computer power. The smartwatch on your wrist eclipses what the Apollo space craft’s computers were capable of, so NASA’s engineers often had to rely on clever ingenuity to solve difficult problems. Read More >>

Using Lego-Like Bricks to Teach Kids Braille Is a Stroke of Genius

Unless you’re blind or know someone who is, you might not be familiar with what braille actually looks like. It turns out the braille alphabet uses a series of dot patterns that are remarkably reminiscent of the studs atop a Lego brick, and merging the two makes learning to read and write in braille far more enjoyable for kids. Read More >>

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How to Safely Land a Helicopter When the Motor Stops

Without a set of wings, you would assume that a helicopter couldn’t safely land like a gliding plane can in the event of an engine failure. But surprisingly, using some clever physics tricks, a skilled helicopter pilot can bring their craft in for a safe landing if its motor dies. Thankfully for all involved, it won’t just fall out of the sky. Read More >>

This Website Can Teach You to Count Cards Like an MIT Maths Genius

It turns out you don’t need to be an idiot savant like Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man, or an MIT mathematics prodigy in order to count cards. There’s a relatively simple approach that can give you a slight advantage over the dealer when playing Blackjack, and this site can help you master it. Read More >>

Bored With BB-8? Sphero’s SPRK App Lets You Reprogram Your Droid To Be Exciting Again

You played with it for hours on end after it was first released, but by the time The Force Awakens hit cinemas months later, you had probably lost interest in your Sphero BB-8. But don’t bury the little droid in a drawer just yet, because a free app will make your BB-8 even more exciting than the day you first opened it. Read More >>

Fisher-Price Now Has a Toy That Teaches Nursery Kids How to Code

When is the ideal time to start your child on the path to a comfortable and mostly satisfying career as a developer? Secondary school? Primary School? Fisher-Price thinks nursery aged children should be introduced to the problem solving skills they might one day need to be a great coder. Read More >>

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Digital Camera Sensors

You don’t need to know enough about it to build one yourself, but a little knowledge of how digital cameras actually work can help improve your photography game. So if you’ve got an extra 13 minutes at your disposal today, watch this wonderful explainer of how a camera’s sensor works. Read More >>

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NASA Released Free 3D-Printable Models of its Probes and Spacecraft

There are very few private citizens with enough money to recreate NASA's fantastic space explorations. But, there are plenty of private citizens with enough money to buy a 3D printer, and now that NASA has released a bunch of free 3D models of many of its interstellar crafts and probes, almost anyone can build their own miniature space fleet. Read More >>