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April 2014 News Wire

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of March 2014. More stories can be found at the News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Pi Day: pi transformed into incredible art — in pictures

The Time I Thought Tao Lin Was A Robot

Adding Coding to the Curriculum

Doodleborg: A 3 horse-power Tank

How Etsy Attracted 500 Percent More Female Engineers

Designer-Developer Ellom Quist on Adinkra Symbols

Quist has translated evocative symbols from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire into web font icons, as part of the Noun Project.

AfriCoderDojo – Nigeria Mentor Diary

A short diary describing the challenges and pleasures of having a CoderDojo meeting with kids in Lagos, Nigeria.

Thinking with Things

A book excerpt about the design challenges for genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the Industrial Internet of Things.

Human brain now registers smiley face emoticon as real facial expression

Tynker Now on iPad

The visual programming online application used in schools now has an iPad version for use at home.

Also In The April 2014 Issue

Andrew Mills Talks about Bits & Bytes and How to Design Games

Andrew created Bits & Bytes, a fun card game to teach kids computing skills: logic, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Tim Kropp Talks About Creating Games for Kids

Tim describes how he created his game company, Glide Games, and with his young son created two video games, Elevator Adventures and Subway Adventures.

Lo Shu Magic Squares Puzzle

A 4,000 year old Chinese magic squares puzzle is both fun and a way to learn basic problem solving skills. Plus turtles.

History of Video Games

Can you name the first video game? The first game likely was Tennis for Two in 1958 but it could be Space Wars! in 1962 or other games. It's complicated.

Playing Harvest Moon in Japanese

The story of an English-speaking person learning a little Japanese by playing the latest Harvest Moon game, Connect to a New World, in original Japanese.

Wendy Norman and Skype in the classroom

Wendy Norman, the Director of Social Good at Microsoft, talks about the history and features of the Skype in the classroom service for teachers.

Game Play

You can use the concepts of game play to turn almost any task or information into a game. Assuming you can define game play.

Maker Faire NY 2014

The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth turned out to be tons of fun for kids and parents, plus a place to wander and find new technology. Links and video.

We need storytelling. Otherwise, life just goes on and on like the number Pi.

October 2014 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the October 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.


This language lets you modify the Skyrim game to learn game coding plus have fun adding objects and functionality to the game.

October 2014 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of September 2014.

Unity, PyGame, GamePress

Three game creation software tools you can use to create games. Includes a brief description and lots of links to these and other game creation tools.