Jessica Uelmen presents at the NSF Workshop Parallax Supports STEM Education at the National Science Foundation Workshop

After USASEF, Ken and I had the honor of attending a National Science Foundation workshop in order to provide industry input for their Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program. RET programs provide teachers with research opportunities in university or industry labs. The teachers then take the lessons learned during their research and integrate it into their classroom curriculum. To goal is to increase awareness in engineering careers for students in grades K-14.

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Roaming Patriotic Arlos at USASEF 2014 Parallax attends the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC

Two years ago we attended the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC where we taught 1,500 kids how to solder. In our eyes, the event could not get bigger or better the second time around - boy were we wrong!

This year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was a free three-day event expected to draw over 250,000 attendees. Words cannot adequately describe how enormous this convention center... More

Participants of the Greek National Computer Teachers Association robotics seminar with the S2 Introducing Parallax products in the Greek educational community

The Greek educational community has been starting to take robotics more seriously.  Robotics competitions, seminars, and technological festivals and events are some of the steps being taken in this direction. 

Last month the Greek National Computer Teachers Association (annex of Patras) “PEKAP” organized a robotics seminar including various topics like Lego robots, Parallax, and Arduino.  It was a great opportunity for me to introduce Greek informatics teachers to the Parallax... More

The dreaded ‘LED Fan-Effect’. Due to size, it’s impossible to fit round LEDs neatly in the same breadboard row. Round LEDs are SO last season...introducing new rectangular LEDs!

Throughout my development of Stamps in Class Mini Projects and training of teachers and students, I've had one constant pet peeve: the LED Fan-Effect.

The "LED Fan-Effect" occurs when attempting to line up three or more T 1-3/4 circular LEDs in the same breadboard row. The diameter of each of these LEDs is too wide to fit neatly and as a result the LEDs splay across the breadboard. The result is messy and displeasing to the eye, yet unavoidable.

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Parallax Semiconductor Merger Parallax Semiconductor Merger: returns to the flock

As of 11am PDT on Friday, April 18, 2014, all traffic to will redirect back to

When we launched Parallax Semiconductor in 2011, Parallax faced a much different business landscape. From a business perspective, our successful history in education and hobby meant some professional customers wouldn’t take our multicore chip design capability seriously. While we were reaching to please professional... More