Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Antikythera Mechanism

Google Doodle celebrates the 115th anniversary of the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism and with a little Googling, I learn something I never knew! Fastenating!

Friday, May 5, 2017


More programming fun and power than you can imagine... Research demonstrates that this is a great way to learn! Take a look here.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Robots and May?

Take a look here to see how robots and May go together. Bob May was an actor. He is best remembered for playing "The Robot," B-9, on the television series Lost in Space.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter 2017 from Robotics Under the Stole. Who wouldn't want this Robotic Easter treat?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Temptation in Lent

Yes, Temptation in Lent!

Sneaky Ken Gracey over at Parallax posted the graphic above with this comment, "Educator will soon be able to "FLiP" their classroom for $29.99. Came across this internal pre-production advertisement at Parallax Inc. - Robots for Education. The marketing team may get after me for sharing some advance information but you know I simply can't resist! There's no release date, so please don't call us and ask if it's available. I promise you'll be the first person to know."



One of the national finalists in the Doodle4Google contest. This is E-Waste Google from the District of Columbia, K-3 Grade Group. Here is the description - "In the future, we will need to turn our trash into treasure. E-Waste has lots of things we can recycle. Gold, Copper etc. This doodle is from a salvaged DVR."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fantastic Article!

These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make “The Martian” -  And they happen to be women. Indian women, for that matter.- Click here. So cool!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day from R.U.S.!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Robotics Under the Stole and all the creative people over at Parallax (especially Jen - thanks for the great graphic!)...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

BlocklyProp News from Parallax

BlocklyProp and Blockly (in general) as a learning, teaching, and programming tool is the future in my opinion! Parallax is leading the way from the S3, BlocklyProp Starter Kit, ActivityBot, Arlo and much more.

Edit: The tweet photo below says it all...

For full details, see -

Good News about STEM - Right Here

Good news about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education right here in North Louisiana - see this about NICERC, the Cyber Innovation Center,  and this article about Centurylink. They are working to grow future employees in our area. Very exciting news!

In the great video below from NICERC - You will also notice some bots from Parallax, my personal favorite!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Welcome to Robotics Under the Stole! The message is played via my Disney iHome Star Wars BB-8 Bluetooth Speaker - one of my Christmas presents.

Note: The Stephen Hawkingesque voice was created by using the free Robot Voice Generator at -

Saturday, January 7, 2017


2017 CES via erco

My pal and guest reporter, Eric Ostendorff (aka, erco) shared these hot robotics' items from this year's CES in Las Vagas.

A more complete report is here on the Parallax Forums.

When Two Loves Collide...

On my 22nd wedding anniversary, I give thanks for the person who puts up with my other passions! Christmas 2016 marked the 10th year of my robotics' hobby - my computing and electronic hobbies go back much further.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Learn Something New in 2017

Learn something new in 2017 or share what you know with others - start here!

Join Parallax’s one-hour educational webinars! 
See the detailed descriptions of each webinar on our website or follow the signup links below.

S3 Robot with Blockly 
Take your student’s Google Blockly and MIT Scratch programming from the screen to the S3 Robot - for elementary and middle school educators.

Microcontroller Invention Made Easy with Blockly!
See what’s possible with the Propeller multicore microcontroller, Blockly and Parallax electronic sensors - for high school and college educators. 

Chromebooks and Arduinos? Parallax’s Shield-Bot
Are you a one-to-one Chromebook school and want to program Arduino robots? This important webinar is for all educators. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Blockly for Microcontrollers Facebook Group

Parallax has started a Blockly Public Group on Facebook to provide a discussion place for all things Blockly and with all microcontrollers (not just Parallax products!).

Parallax President and CEO, Ken Gracey, says, "Google's Blockly visual programming environment has been branched for many microcontrollers for use with robotics, sensors, and electronic circuits. It's proven to be a very powerful programming system for learning text-based programming languages in education. Share projects, ask questions, and just learn about this tool on this Group.
This group is for Blockly with all types of platforms: Ardublocks, PICAxe, BlocklyProp, Lego, etc.

Parallax's own branch of Blockly is called BlocklyProp - It is a wonderful tool for programming and learning to program. 

Join us in the discussion and fun... Blockly for Microcontrollers is here -

While you are at it, visit Parallax to see all the ways they have to experiment with Blockly - and my personal favorites the Scribbler 3 or S3 Robot and the BlocklyProp Starter Kit - what a great way to get started!

Sunday, January 1, 2017