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Minetest: a free and open source alternative to #Minecraft

Clever teachers around the world have found ways to adapt the popular open world block-building game Minecraft to teach lessons ranging from computer programming, math, history, and more.   Minecraft is like having an infinite bag of Legos.    Minecraft has empowered players young and old to build amazing environments and inspires a special kind of creativity

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Broken Toy to Wifi Controlled Robot #DIY #Arduino #RaspberryPi

A good friend of mine from our local makerspace enjoys teaching students about electronics by taking stuff a part.   He has a talent for finding free or inexpensive pieces that students enjoy deconstructing.   Through this experience, he has the opportunity to connect the theory of electronics/mechanics to real stuff.   Inspired by this

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Lessons learned from teaching Minecraft coding workshops

In the past few months, I have had the opportunity to lead Minecraft coding workshops using ScriptCraft in our makerspace and a local museum.   Walter Higgins had done an amazing job of creating documentation and tools to help students learn JavaScript while playing with Minecraft.    I wanted to share some reflections on teaching

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5 Fun Ways to Learn Python

www.codecademy.com:  This interactive tutorial provides a fun way to get started with python programming and many other languages.   People learn best when you see a new idea and immediately apply it.  Code academy was designed with this learning pattern in mind.  You are coached to immediately apply every new programming concept in an online code

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Reflecting on NASA Coding for Teachers workshop

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to present a coding for teachers workshop at the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC) at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA and had a blast!  Our team had a wonderful time coaching teachers on using code.org, Scratch, and maker tools in the classroom.  To the

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5 Tools for Robot building, Android and JavaScript

Using Android, JavaScript, and Arduino to control your robot. DroidScript 8 Resources for Building Your DIY Robot DroidScript: Building Simple Android apps using JavaScript 10 Free Resources for Learning JavaScript and HTML5   Top posts on InspiredToEducate.NET 5 DIY Projects Involving Lego, Arduino, and Motors Easy Data Visualization with Google Charts and JavaScript Learn To

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Make-End: Macon’s Maker Festival

Make-end is an art and technology festival sponsored by College Hill Alliance showcasing the talents of artists, clothing makers, computer programmers, costume designers, crafters, DIYers, engineers, entrepreneurs, furniture designers, gadget makers, game designers, graphic designers, metalworkers, robot creators, scientists, technologists, and woodworkers. Middle Georgia Makers across the region will be exhibiting their products, services, and

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Learning to Control Robots with Your Raspberry Pi

Physical computing / robotics has become a fun and potent force in the world of technology.   There’s something magical about writing software that moves stuff in the real world.   I love that my brother in another city can chase my kids remotely using our Raspberry Pi robot I built. In the past week, I

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Top 10 Posts on InspiredToEducate.NET

5 DIY Projects Involving Lego, Arduino, and Motors 8 Resources for Building Your DIY Robot using Arduino, JavaScript, and Raspbery Pi Easy Data Visualization with Google Charts and JavaScript Learn To Build Your Own Conversational Robot using ChatScript DroidScript: Building Android Apps using JavaScript Benefits of Teaching Kids to Code that No One is Talking

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8 Podcasts to Help You Level Up in Code

.NET Rocks:  “NET Rocks! is a weekly Internet audio talk show for .NET Developers.”  I have been following Carl and Richard for years.   They have great taste in selecting guests.   I tend to use this podcast to watch for trends in web development, Javascript, and all things .NET. Hanselminutes:  “Hanselminutes Podcast is ‘Fresh

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