Introduction What is Arduino? Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can communicate with software running on your computer (e.g.
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Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources that parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming. Programming Tutorials From Made With Code by Google: Google's Made With Code project has a mission of encouraging girls to pursue careers in computer science.
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Scratch Jr. Tutorials for Primary Students Last week, I encouraged you to participate in this year’s Hour of Code. I know that guiding a classroom of students through an hour of programming can sound intimidating, particularly if you aren’t experienced in it yourself. The secret is to do as I have – admit to yourself that you know nothing and your students are smarter than you. Distance Estimated 3D Fractals (Part I) During the last two years, the 3D fractal field has undergone a small revolution: the Mandelbulb (2009), the Mandelbox (2010), The Kaleidoscopic IFS’s (2010), and a myriad of equally or even more interesting hybrid systems, such as Spudsville (2010) or the Kleinian systems (2011). All of these systems were made possible using a technique known as Distance Estimation and they all originate from the Fractal Forums community. Part I briefly introduces the history of distance estimated fractals, and discuss how a distance estimator can be used for ray marching. Part II discuss how to find surface normals, and how to light and color fractals.
5 Essential Tools for Teaching Children Software Development Currently, in mid-2013, we still find people who say they’re fighting with technology and we can assume they have no idea of how electronic devices are used in daily tasks. Even though it's not necessary that everyone is aware of the exact process that runs in the backend of a smartphone or computer, it's very important to have a general idea about what’s going on in your processor device (some people don't even know that a processor is the device’s brain). Programming as Basic Education Diablo Soundtrack Collection December 20, 2009 by Dominus Finally, the time of the year when I listen a lot to the whole Diablo series soundtracks has come, I find winter the best for this kind of music, maybe it reminds me of the days I lay my hands first time on this game, it was one of my first games on PC so Diablo will always have a special place in my heart. The music is fantastic and disturbing in the same time but in a good way. Matt Uelmen created hauntingly dark and at times claustrophobic soundtracks, that are perfectly matched to the on-screen action. For those of you who played the games, this soundtracks will hold a special place in your heart from the opening of the first few notes.
V Motion Project – Part I: The Instrument Overview The Motion Project was a collaboration between a lot of clever creative people working together to create a machine that turns motion into music. The client for the project, Frucor (makers of V energy drink), together with their agency Colenso BBDO, kitted-out a warehouse space for this project to grow in and gathered together a group of talented people from a number of creative fields. A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom In case you haven’t been paying attention, computer science skills are vastly becoming some of the most in-demand skills of the twenty-first century. In fact, some call it a new "superpower." But there’s a problem. There are approximately 587,000 computing jobs nationwide, which is growing at 2x the national average, but only about 38,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce this year.