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Updated: May 12, 2021

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This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Star Wars!

This week’s focus is Star Wars

May the 4th Be With You! Star Wars has been a centerpiece of sci-fi culture for more than one generation, and every May 4th we celebrate national Star Wars Day! Read on for some fun ways to celebrate!

Happy Star Wars Day! The science fiction masterpiece includes lots of cool tech, spaceships, and droids! There are many fun examples of STEM in action in the Star Wars universe, and what better time to highlight them than May 4th!

Have you ever wondered how the Star Wars droids get programmed? This can be a great connection to coding and robotics for students. R2D2, C-3PO, K-2SO, and BB8 are just a few of the main droid characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Each droid has a specific purpose from repairing ships to security to translation and assistance with jobs. A fun challenge for any programmer can be to design and program their own droid! Edison robots can be a great tool to let students build their own droids using Lego’s, and program them to do specific tasks. If you don’t have access to a robot, you can also use cardboard or even pencil and paper to think up what your own droid could look like!

Another fun connection to the Star Wars universe can be the tools and technologies. Cool things like high tech communicators, advanced prosthetic devices, and holograms can be seen in any Star Wars film, show, or game. Could you use something like a Makey Makey or micro:bit to design your own piece of technology? Here is a fun way to make your own robotic arm using a micro:bit, or you can try your own design. Using the Star Wars universe as inspiration, along with your own imagination and curiosity, you can build all sorts of cool prototypes for futuristic tech!

No matter how you choose to celebrate Star Wars day this year, be sure to share anything you create! We would love to see your Star Wars inspired projects!

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