I'm constantly being surprised by what people are making with Scratch, a kid's programming language that lets you make games, cartoons, and other programs by connecting different color-coded blocks together. Code Your Own Games!, by Max Wainewright, is an excellent tutorial that shows you how to write fun games, including breakout and snake. Kids will learn about sound effects, collision detection, animation, and more from using this book, and come away with a better understanding of computer programming.
Humble Bundle has a good sale on Python books right now. For $1 or more, you get three No Starch Python ebooks. There are more books offered at the $8 and $15 level.
My daughter and I have been having fun with the latest Kano computer and coding kit, which comes with a screen. It’s powered by a Raspberry Pi, a small Linux computer, and was created to allow kids to make games, music, and art through coding. The operating system is already installed and comes with a […]
I had a chance to play with a Cubetto recently. It’s a little, wooden, happy face robot on two wheels. You can control which way it goes by inserting colorful plastic chips on programming board (which also has a wood top). There are four kinds of chips: turn clockwise, turn counterclockwise, move forward, and call […]
Going back to school isn’t necessarily an option for everyone. Between the time commitments and steep tuition rates, there are obstacles aplenty as far as furthering education is concerned. However, that’s not to say it’s impossible to learn new skills. Excel with Business lets users access thousands of hours of online learning in Microsoft, business, technology, […]
More often than not, you won’t see an accident coming, which means it pays to be proactive and ensure you have the right tools on-hand before you need them. Whether you find yourself in the middle of a power outage or having car trouble at night, you can make sure you’re still capable of navigating […]
Trains may not be the most popular means of conveyance nowadays, but chances are you grew up playing with toy trains or building a model set to wrap around the Christmas tree. In either case, it’s safe to say that locomotives have long carried a unique sense of awe and scale, especially when they’re hundreds […]