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Minecraft Coding with ComputerCraftEdu #code #makered #edtech

Hi. As I was researching new ways to improve our Minecraft coding workshop coming soon, a friend of mine asked me to check out the ComputerCraftEdu MOD.   ComputerCraftEdu empowers young coders to control small turtle robots in your Minecraft world.   These little programmable robots can do many of the jobs a normal player

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Using Android, JavaScript, and Arduino to control your robot. #makered #javascript #android

Let’s say you want to tinker with making a robot controller on your Android device, but you don’t have a lot of time to learn Java.  Perhaps you just love JavaScript and want to write Android Apps.   In our maker education programs, we enjoy introducing students to JavaScript since the language helps students go

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Moving Your DIY Robot using Arduino and Servos

Interested in building your own Arduino robot? For me, it has been a fun project to do with my kids. We built our first the robot using the PiBot robotics kit. Additional iterations utilized Legos, Sumobot Jr, cardboard, and other materials around the house. It’s fun to invent your own chassis and designs. Using some

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Sumobot Jr: Fun Open Source Robot Kit using Arduino and JavaScript

Looking for a fun weekend project? The Sumobot junior is a fun open source robot kit using Arduino and JavaScript. If you already own an Arduino, this kit can be an inexpensive way to tinker with robot building. (i.e. about $50)   Since the plans for the chassis are open source, you can customize the

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8 Resources for Building Your DIY Robot #Arduino #RaspberryPi #JavaScript

http://www.coderbot.org/ – This project details open designs, plans, and software for building your robot with Raspberry Pi.  The computer vision features and teaching resources are impressive. http://sumobotkit.com/ – This is the first open source robot design I tried.  I uses Arduino and continuous rotation servo’s.  It’s a great weekend project. Johnny-Five: Using JavaScript to Code Your Robots – I

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Ardublock: GRAPHICAL PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR ARDUINO

Thanks to projects like Code.org and MIT Scratch, students can encounter ideas from computer science using rich puzzle interfaces. Using these puzzle interfaces, students grow their skills of creativity and critical thinking while building something fun. Puzzle based programming interfaces put emphasis on the student learning sequencing, loops, and connecting appropriate pieces together. In this post,

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How to build a Lego Crane using Arduino [Tutorial]

I’m always looking for new ways to play and build with my kids.  In the Rosario house hold, we enjoy building stuff with Lego’s.   My kids have also enjoyed playing with Lego Wedo and Lego Mindstorm kits at our makerspace.   For many families, getting access to a Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit that costs $350 to

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Sonic-PI: Sound synth application for learning coding and music

I love it when I find a tool that combines my two favorite hobbies: music and computers. A gifted programmer named Sam Aaron has created an engaging tool for teaching music and code to makers young and old entitled Sonic-Pi. The tool delightfully blends an introduction to Ruby programming and concepts of music through written

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Inspiring Stories of Makers Building Autonomous Robots

As my kids get older, I have enjoyed finding ways that we can learn together, get inspired, and be entertained as a family.   To my surprise my little boys have really enjoyed Nova documentaries.   As a “big kid,”  I find these stories very motivating and insightful.   I wanted to share two of

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How to use Blockly in Your App [Video]

Are you looking for a way to introduce young makers to computer programming?  Programming by puzzle piece has become very popular user interface to help empower novice users to code.   You can find this programming interface in products like Scratch, MIT app inventor, LearnToMod, and tools at Code.org .   Blockly is the JavaScript

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