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Import 3D Scenes Into Minecraft using MCEdit2 #makered #minecraft #minecraftedu

In our classes for young makers, we discuss how digital fabrication technology will be a game-changer.   In future work, more jobs will involve converting digital content into physical things through technologies like 3D printing, CNC, and other similar technologies.   Students love playing video games and enjoy the opportunity to learn how to make

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Reflecting on 3D Modeling and Game Design workshop

We had a great time during our 3D modeling workshop at SparkMacon yesterday.   This workshop, the second class in our Summer Maker skills series, helps makers learn how to build 3D stuff for games, art and 3D printing.  The skills used in this workshop can apply to many topic areas:  medical applications, engineering, game design,

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How to build Paper Stomp Rockets

Building paper stomp rockets can be a fun way to engage students and your kids in learning about experimentation, designing by iteration, and aerodynamics.  Let me put extra emphasis on fun!!  My kids have really loved this build.    In anticipation for a local arts, technology, and maker festival in Macon, GA, I wanted prepare a small project

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Create Puzzle-Based Code Experiences in Your Apps #javascript #html5

Thanks to programs like Scratch, MIT App Inventor, Hopscotch and others, students and novice programmers are getting introduced to ideas like sequencing, planning, simple logic, and loops. Instead of creating lines of code, students are introduced to the concepts of computer programming through the metaphor of puzzle pieces. In Scratch, students create amazing games and

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Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks

Some research and development requires big and expensive equipment, resources, and sensors.   It’s awesome when innovators make cool technology more affordable, accessible and available to young students and hackers.   As a student at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Johnny Lee explored ways to use the remote control devices of a Nintendo WII in his human computer

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Books and Tools To Get Started in Video Game Programming

In honor of the Global Game Jam 2014, I collected a few tools and resources to help you or your students get started in learning game programming using various technologies.    The Global Game Jam is a world wide hackathon and online festival for game developers and designers.   Check out the hashtag #ggj14 on

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17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher

There are many benefits to teaching young people to code.   As a musician starts learning a piece of music,  the process can be daunting.   Musicians, however, naturally start breaking the song into parts.   By slowly mastering small phrases, scales, chords, and patterns, the song slowly emerges from the student.   The discipline

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Using “Coding Dojo” to Engage Learners and Have Fun

There are lots of ways to teach the craft of programming.  I have done my share of teaching programming through a lecture or working through a tutorial.   While the lecture has it’s place in learning, I enjoy learning new teaching methodologies that maximize creativity,  active learning, and fun.  In our Google Developer Group, we

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Math Game Creating Opportunities For Students With Special Needs

Hello!  For our post today, I would like to introduce you to Lauren Franza, Educational Designer from ATLT games.  Her team has created novel gaming experience to teach algebra.   “Pi and the Lost Function” by ATLT games helps engage 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in learning algebra using a fun virtual game experience while

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Join Google Developer Group at Mercer University

  Welcome To Google Developer Group at Mercer University https://sites.google.com/site/gdgmerceru/ We extend a warm welcome to software professionals, students, web designers, web programmers, and people excited about technology. Come help us plan the first year, hear about cool Google technologies, and see Google Glass. Proposed themes for the Fall: Web application development using Google App Engine HTML5,

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