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4 Orlando Makerspaces You Don’t Want to Miss #makerspace #orlando

Published on August 25, 2018 by in technology

When my family lived in Macon, GA, our Macon makers community helped start one of the first makerspaces in Middle, GA: SparkMacon.com. A makerspace is a community oriented and operated workshop with tools to support a broad range of art and technology projects. At SparkMacon, we had tools for woodworking, physical computing, music recording, laser

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Remotely Control IoT devices using NodeJs, Firebase, and Johnny5

Hello, makers!  In our blog post today, I wanted to share a simple way to remotely control IoT devices using NodeJs and Google Firebase.  Let’s say you’re trying to remotely control a small lego crane like this.  You’ll notice there are two servo motors connected to an Arduino.  You can learn more about how you

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The Challenge of Being Present

In our modern world of mobile devices and tech, it’s easy to become distracted. As knowledge workers, we have an attraction to achieve mastery in our craft and autonomy. My family will attest that I do a lot of “work related” or “blog related” reading to stay on top of the latest maker tools, trends

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“Growing Your Developer Career using Open Source” via @JohnBaluka

Whether you’re just starting in your career or you’ve been working in the industry for years, you can benefit from the culture and practice of open source. I want to thank John Baluka for sharing his reflections and personal journey on this topic. I really appreciate John’s fresh business perspective on using open source to

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10 Trends You Need to Know from Google I/O 2018

What’s Google I/O? Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference which features a keynote on the latest updates and announcements by Google. The conference also hosts in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, machine learning, TensorFlow, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google

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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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Tools to Organize Your Young Makers Program

Published on April 7, 2018 by in technology

Girls from RealImpact build Arduino robots at SparkMacon Makerspace.   As a parent, I want my children to feel prepared to support themselves and thrive in the economy of the future. Given I have relatively young kids, we have no idea what this future will look like. Here’s what we do know. Many of the

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7 Ideas For Your Next #Android #ARCore app

Published on April 7, 2018 by in technology

IKEA Place App Comes to Android, Powered by ARCore.https://t.co/gKVch9I2Nw pic.twitter.com/26okoQlfUj — Droid Life (@droid_life) March 19, 2018 You can now Smash Tanks in AR on Android, too!Explosive multiplayer action in augmented reality (AR). Any place is a battlefield.https://t.co/HZ0Jv7MzBo#AR #ARCore #madewithunity #gamedev #indiedev #indiegame pic.twitter.com/pHEIFnvrRV — dumpling (@dumplingdesign) March 21, 2018 Roving Mars, or maybe your

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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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Thank you to LucernaStudios.com and Orlando Unity 3D meetup!

Published on February 10, 2018 by in technology

In the past week, our Google Developer Group of Central Florida teamed up with the Unity 3D meetup of Orlando and LucernaStudios.com to discuss building VR experiences for Google VR.  We shared the fundamentals of building for Google DayDream and Cardboard.   We also explored connecting those game experiences with Google Firebase. I want to give

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