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6 Resources To Build Cool Minecraft Mods with Python

Looking for a fun way to explore learning to code with your students or children? Consider exploring writing Minecraft mods using Python. In our house, we continue to enjoy building(destroying) together as a family in shared Minecraft worlds. I appreciate that Minecraft helps the kids exercise their thinking about working in 3D. The python language

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Detecting Motion using Python, SimpleCV and a Raspberry Pi

My wife and kids enjoy bird watching. In our dining room, we attached a bird feeder to a window in the room. My wife asked if I could hack together a way to snap pictures of birds that visit the bird feeder. After doing some good searches, I realized that SimpleCV has some easy capabilities

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5 Fun BBC Microbit Project Lessons

As I have reflected on various physical computing activities we tried with our kids, I started reviewing a novel microcontroller from our friends at the BBC, the micro:bit.   In addition to the BBC bringing us awesome stories like Dr. Who, this organization has invested their resources to help students connect to creative computing tools for young

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Connecting Community Service to Makerspaces and Developer Communities

In November 2017, I had the honor of speaking at DevFest Florida, a community organized developer conference focusing on Google technology. I had an amazing time at this conference. You can check out my reflections on this experience at GDGCentralFlorida.org. Readers of InspiredToEducate.NET know that we’re passionate about helping students to love learning through making,

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10 AFrame.IO Resources For Your WebVR Project

I’m a big fan of the work of the AFrame.IO community.  Thank you to Mozilla, Diego Marcos, Kevin Ngo, and Don McCurdy for their influence and effort to build a fun and productive platform for building WebVR experiences.   For some of my amigos from DevFestFlorida 2017, I’ve collected a few Github repositories and resources to

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Bot Draw : Logo like framework for building VR experiences

Welcome to Bot Draw!(aka Project Dark Bat) Looking for a fun way to practice your JavaScript skills and build cool VR experiences? InspiredToEducate.NET designed this code sample to enable you to play with very simple ideas in JavaScript. This sample uses a JavaScript framework called AFrame to build 3D content in your browser or mobile

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AFrame: Building WebVR experiences with HTML and JavaScript

Hey, makers and web developers! Looking for a fun weekend coding challenge? In this post, I wanted to introduce you to a simple tool called A-Frame for building VR experiences using HTML and JavaScript.  Originally sponsored by the Mozilla foundation, A-frame enables you to quickly build WebVR scenes, panoramas, games, or data visualizations.  With very

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Maker uses Arduino to enable his Wife To Hear Again

During our last Arduino meetup at SparkMacon makerspace, I had the pleasure of witnessing a most moving talk.  In organizing this conversation, we wanted to discuss why tinkering and engineering with Arduino matters.  It’s helpful to remember that the makers movement  is important because it creates new opportunities to serve and change lives with more

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Making Chord Progressions using Sonic Pi

I have to confess that I love music and code. When I get to share my two favorite things in one package, it gets me excited. In previous blog posts, I had talked about an amazing tool called Sonic-Pi for introducing music theory and computer science. While preparing this blog post, I had forgotten how

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7 Free Apps for 3D Design and Building Cool Stuff

AutoDesk TinkerCAD – This web-based application has become my favorite way to introduce 3D design to makers of all ages.  It comes with accessible tutorials to help you understand the software quickly.  I have used TinkerCAD.com to engage students as early as 3rd grade due to the high usability of this product.   You can quickly

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