Boson

BOSON is LEGO compatible and can also be attached to projects with magnets, screws or velcro.

Boson Modules

You can build lots of stuff with BOSON without needing to code.

BOSON can use an Intel’s Curie module for machine learning and pattern recognition. It will also be possible to use BOSON with Arduino and the BBC micro:bit. Coding in Scratch, Blockly, Python and JavaScript is mentioned.

Green Building

A ‘green‘ building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life.

There are a number of features which can make a building ‘green’. These include: 

  • Efficient use of energy, water and other resources
  • Use of renewable energy, such as solar energy
  • Pollution and waste reduction measures, and the enabling of re-use and recycling
  • Good indoor environmental air quality
  • Use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable
  • Consideration of the environment in design, construction and operation
  • Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction and operation
  • A design that enables adaptation to a changing environment

Velcro fasteners

Consider the story of George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor who went
hunting one day in the late 1940s. He and his dog accidentally brushed
up against a bush that left them both covered with burrs.

When de Mestral tried to remove the burrs, they clung stubbornly to his clothes.
This would be a minor annoyance to most of us, but de Mestral was
curious about why the burrs were so hard to remove. After he got home,
he studied them under a microscope and discovered that hundreds of
tiny hooks on each burr had snagged to the threads of his pants. Burrs,
he thought, would make great fasteners.
After several years of work, he finally succeeded. The result: Velcro
fasteners, now used on millions of items, from blood pressure cuffs to
tennis shoes.

Biomimetics

Biomimetics or biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. 

Helicopters: The hummingbird can also hover and fly backwards.
Hypodermic needles: The scorpion uses the pointed tip of its tail to inject poison.
Sonar: Bats used sonar long before man. They emit sounds inaudible to the human ear that bounce off objects in their way.
Anesthesia: Many snakes use venom to paralyze and desensitize their prey before eating it.
Snowshoes: The caribou’s feet are designed to skim over snow.
Tanks: The turtle is a virtually impregnable mobile unit.
Airplanes: Planes brake with flaps just as birds brake with tailfeathers.

Tug-of-War

Positive and negative forces won’t sit still for a portrait. They are
constantly vibrating, pushing and pulling. Tug-of-War is a frame on
which you can fasten down these forces and study them. It can help you
to:

  1. Better define your challenge.
  2. Identify strengths you can maximize.
  3. Identify weaknesses you can minimize.

Industry 4.0 and SDGs

Industry 4.0 changes the global landscape of manufacturing competition, reducing the relative competitive advantage of low-cost regions that rely on cheap labour. Nations and manufacturing firms that lead in embracing Industry 4.0 technologies and processes will gain over global competitors. This competitiveness hinges on the ability to transform by responding to market shifts and technology trends. The transformation of the manufacturing industry, through Industry 4.0, is also in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in support of Goal #9 and Goal #12.

Four stages of creativity

In 1926, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder, Graham Wallas, wrote The Art of Thought. Within it, he defined the four stages of creativity as Preparation, Incubation, Illumination and Verification.