beanz magazine is a bi-monthly online and print magazine about learning to code, computer science, and how we use technology in our daily lives. The magazine includes hard to find information, for example, a list of 40+ programming languages for education, coding schools, summer tech camps, and more.
While the magazine is written to help kids ages 8 and older learn about programming and computer science, many readers and subscribers are parents, teachers, and librarians who use the articles to learn alongside their young kids, students, or library patrons. The magazine strives to provide easy to understand how-to information, with a bit of quirky fun.
The magazine is published in print and online six times a year, on the first day of February, April, June, August, October, and December. Subscribers support the magazine. There is no advertising to distract readers.
The magazine is more about journalism than curriculum. We focus on how kids, parents, and teachers learn about programming and computer science, as well as how technology fits into our daily lives. The magazine helps readers understand and master technology and not be its slave.
The magazine explores these topics:
- Basics of programming and where to learn more
- Problem solving and collaboration
- Mathematical foundations of computing and computer science
- Computational thinking
- Recognizing and selecting computer devices
- Community, global, and ethical impacts of technology
These topics are distilled from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) curriculum guidelines for teaching computer science. A number of the how-to articles in the magazine were approved by the CSTA as meeting their standards.
For readers who find coding fun, learning a programming language is only a start. They also need to learn how to debug code, choose technology, define and solve problems, and many other skills and concepts. Kids, Code, and Computer Science provides a high level view of what new coders need to know to become great coders. With links to learn more.
For readers bored by coding, the magazine can help them dive into computer science concepts, problems, and challenges in a friendly way. They also can learn the limits of technology, as well as what makes technology so amazing.
Reader questions and ideas are encouraged and help develop story ideas. Please use the Contact page to reach us.
The magazine currently is written by these writers:
Tim is an award-winning writer and technologist who enjoys teaching tech to non-technical people. He has decades experience with web sites and applications in business, technical, and creative roles. He and his wife have two kids, now teenagers, who are mad about video games. He also is the founder, publisher, and editor.
Jennifer is a math teacher by training, with an interest in computer science. While working on a computational thinking project at Google, she dived a bit deeper into computer science education. Jennifer now teaches computer science to both high school and elementary school students, in addition to mathematics.
Ali Hagen enjoys reading on the beach, wearing her Pebble watch, meeting new people, supporting her all-girls robotics team, listening to Vampire Weekend and finding the best food in NYC. She writes for her high school newspaper and about community service opportunities in her column for the local newspaper.
In high school Jordan built robots. These days he writes, mostly about video games, at http://nonstalgia.com/ and on Twitter at @holmdahlilama.
Madeleine Slavin and Derek Lanuto are Copy Editors.
In addition, these writers were invited to write original content or reprint their work in the magazine:
Jean-François is a French computer science student at Paris-Est Créteil University. He is passionate about Open Source and has a lot of fun tinkering with hardware in his free time, especially his Raspberry Pi.
Emeline is a literature student at SUNY Purchase College (now graduated) who enjoys writing. She loves animals, relaxing amongst nature, and playing with her cats. Some of her favorite pastimes include gaming, horseback riding, and taking amateur photographs.
A principal engineer at Google, Jeremy has a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of Computational Fairy Tales, Best Practices of Spell Design, and the Computational Fairy Tales blog.
A computer programmer who lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, Darius creates numerous Twitter bots that work as entertainment and social commentary. The Professor Jocular bot digs out comments on Twitter and tries to explain what makes them funny. Another bot spews a stream of awkward pickup lines. Like many coders, Darius learned coding by trial and error.
Erik is a former quant analyst, now entrepreneur; he invented the world’s first interactive sheet music platform that used real recordings, and has programmed for more than 15 years in over a dozen programming languages. Erik started the Pen and Paper Coding school.
Jenn is the mother of two children. Her site, Toys Are Tools, is devoted to high-quality educational toys. She also writes for Forbes.com, QZ.com, and other outlets about toys and children.
Les is a freelance journalist who loves to tinker with Raspberry Pi, robots and Arduinos. He writes for print magazines and regularly writes blog posts for Element 14. You can find him on Twitter @biglesp.
Ken is a Senior Marketing Manager at Newark element14, a global electronics distributor and online community of more than 330,000 design engineers.
Lauren works for Trello and spends most of her time writing, learning to code, and curating fun Trello board backgrounds. Also pizza.