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NCLOR Khan Academy Series Updated with Engineering Resources


khan logoThis week the Khan Academy collection in the NCLOR was updated to included more electrical engineering resources. In fact, over 260 items were added to the collection with topics that included: amplifiers, circuit analysis, electricity and magnetism, electrostatics, semiconductor devices, reverse engineering, and signals & systems. The content also included resources on robotics like how to make home-made robots and Lego robotics.

These additional resources join a large collection already in the NCLOR that include content in mathbiology, chemistry, finance, physics, and history. The Khan Academy is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award winning not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better. Each video in this series is a digestible chunk of information, approximately 10 minutes long, closed captioned, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Example Video: “What is inside an alarm clock radio?“,  Created by Karl Wendt.

The NCCCS courses that these resource may supplement are: ATR211 and EGR210.

To access these resources, you can do any of the following:

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then “Khan Academy” .
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Operation Link Robotic Resources added to the NCLOR


operation_link_logo Operation Link is an AmeriCorps, in partnership with East Carolina University, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) mentoring program for elementary and middle grades students, with a priority given to serving military youth. Sixty-five mentors and approximately 500 K-12 students work together to explore S.T.E.M. concepts using Vex IQ robots.
The resources included in this series are materials that can supplement a VEX IQ Robotics program. To use the curriculum, you will need a VEX IQ robot which can be purchased at many online retailers.

There are 15 resources available in the subjects of Automation and Robotics and Electrical Engineering. All of the curriculum created by Operation Link are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licensed.

To access these resources, you can do any of the following:

  • Log into the NCLOR and click on the More button on the left menu bar. Then click the Resource Series link and then Operation Link .
  • If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)

Curiosity Mars Rover Materials Added to NASA Resources


Curiosity Mission Badge

In advance of the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory landing on August 5, the NCLOR Staff has updated the NASA open educational resources. The majority of the new resources have information about the Mars rover missions.

About Curiosity:
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is the most ambitious, complex mission in the history of robotic space exploration. On August 5, the mission will set down a large, mobile laboratory – the dune buggy-sized Curiosity rover – using a new form of precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time.

The types of NASA resources included in this update are: images, videos, PDF documents, and interactive resources.

Example Resource: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror Video

The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are:  AST111, ATR281, ATR215, EGR230, EGR252, HIS132, PHY101, and RCT110.

To access the NASA series you can:

  1. log into the NCLOR as a guest or through your institution’s learning management system
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the NASA series.
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