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Llama Emoji

Articles about new emoji

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/02/07/brace-your-phones-157-new-emoji-coming-year/317978002/
http://blog.unicode.org/2018/02/unicode-emoji-110-characters-now-final.html
http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts-11.0/emoji-released.html

Proposal for the llama emoji

http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2017/17266-llama-emoji.pdf

Llama emoji entry on Emojipedia

https://emojipedia.org/llama/

Unicode Adopt-a-Character

http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html

Unicode submission form for new emojis

http://www.unicode.org/emoji/selection.html

Portland HOP

RFID technology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification

Smart cards in general

https://computer.howstuffworks.com/question332.htm

The major company that worked with TriMet

https://www.initse.com/ende/home.html

An article about local activists who are worried that the HOP card might hurt low income riders

http://koin.com/2016/03/18/bus-riders-unite-take-aim-at-trimets-hop-fastpass/

Autonomous Driving in Today’s Cars

Land Departure

https://www.safedrivesystems.com/blog/how-lane-departure-warning-systems-work/

Parking Assist

http://www.proctorcars.com/when-cars-park-themselves-a-guide-to-parking-assist-technologies/

Self-Parking Ford

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/411563/fords-new-car-parks-itself/

Robofrog

Articles about robofrog

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/robot-frogs-trick-females-in-bizarre-example-of-evolution
https://www.popsci.com/article/science/fake-robot-frog-key-field-research

Video of robofrog

https://insider.si.edu/2013/11/robofrog-fools-female-tungara-frog/

New York Times article about frogs’ songs

https://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/science/09obfrog.html?_r=0

Article from Discover Magazine: “4 Robots that are Saving the World

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/sep/4-robots-that-are-saving-the-world#.UpOK7Y0zLEw

Regex Game

Introduction to Regular Expressions

https://www.kidscodecs.com/regular-expressions/
https://scotch.io/tutorials/an-introduction-to-regex-in-python
http://codular.com/regex

Regex Crossword, a crossword puzzle with regular expressions

https://regexcrossword.com/

The regular expression game

http://play.inginf.units.it/#/

Article about the importance of Regular Expressions

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/dec/04/ict-teach-kids-regular-expressions

Video tutorial about regular expressions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DG3kCDx53c

Sphero in Literature Class

Richard Perry’s youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClsuAqferejGAoOOANoxCLA?view_as=subscriber

Robotics in English Class

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/07/28/how-robots-in-english-class-can-spark-empathy-and-improve-writing/

Sphero in the Classroom

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/16/sphero-teaches-kids-to-code

Pygame (or Godot)

Clarissa’s PyGame Tutorials

https://github.com/clarissalittler/pygame-tutorials/blob/master/Tutorial.org

The main PyGame website

http://pygame.org/

The PyGame documentation

http://pygame.org/docs/

A free online book that teaches Python and PyGame

http://programarcadegames.com/index.php

Forum discussion about developing Unity of Command in Python

https://unityofcommand.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=607&f=7

A library to make OpenGL usable and easy in Python

https://bitbucket.org/pyglet/pyglet/wiki/Home

How to Solve Rubik’s Cube

Online Rubik’s Cube

https://www.grubiks.com/puzzles/rubiks/cube-3x3x3/

How to Solve a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube by Noah Richardson (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmnSpUgOvyI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTG-M98z4R4

Rubik’s Cube 3×3 Storytelling Method by Josh Neufeld (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0zXGRIuJw8

Rubik’s Cube Beginner’s Guide (with pictures)

http://www.rubiksplace.com

5 Simple Moves to Easily solve the Rubik’s Cube — 15 Video Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvhKNXHQqyM

How big is 43 quintillion?

http://www.adinnerguest.com/60-minutes/how-much-is-43-quintillion/

Rubik’s Cube World Records

https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/results/regions.php

Google Expeditions

Official Google Expeditions ads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MQ9yG_QfDA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n29VQwW-03o

How-to video about leading expeditions with students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KgYntZ35fY

Stereoscopic vision

https://computer.howstuffworks.com/3d-pc-glasses1.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZw0dR2e6UQ

Make your own google cardboard headset

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Google-Cardboard/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qNmRi-gNqE

Review of Google Expeditions

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174124/20160817/heres-why-google-classroom-and-google-expeditions-deserve-a-plus.htm

Google talks about virtual reality and education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuceLtGjDWY

Navajo Code Talkers

Wikipedia: Code Talker

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker

National Museum of the American Indian — Code Talking

http://www.nmai.si.edu/education/codetalkers/html/chapter4.html

CIA.gov: “Navajo Code Talkers and the Unbreakable Code”

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2008-featured-story-archive/navajo-code-talkers/

Navajo People: Navajo Code Talker (with Video interviews with actual Code Talkers!)

http://navajopeople.org/navajo-code-talker.htm

National Archives: “Semper Fidelis, Code Talkers”

https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2001/winter/navajo-code-talkers.html

Scratch Boids and AI

The original boids paper

http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~dwcorne/Teaching/Craig%20Reynolds%20Flocks,%20Herds,%20and%20Schools%20A%20Distributed%20Behavioral%20Model.htm

The presentation of boids from the article

http://www.vergenet.net/~conrad/boids/pseudocode.html

A cool explanation of vector operations

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/vect.html

Clarissa’s implementation of boids

Try playing with the parameters!
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/195538770/

Awesome Summer Camps to Consider

Girls Who Code

https://girlswhocode.com/

Engineering for Kids

http://engineeringforkids.com/

JoAnn Fabrics Sewing Camps

http://www.joann.com/classes/in-store-classes/kids-and-teen-classes/

SWENext Clubs

http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swenext-clubs

MOSI.org Camps

https://www.mosi.org/events-programs-camps/

Finding summer camps

https://www.kidscodecs.com/summer-camps-2018/

101 questions to ask when finding a summer camp

https://www.idtech.com/blog/100-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-a-summer-camp/

Technology summer camps

https://www.kidscodecs.com/resources/technology-summer-camps-kids/

Minecraft Modding

How to install Minecraft Mods

https://en.softonic.com/articles/the-easiest-way-to-install-minecraft-mods

Twenty best Minecraft Mods

https://www.pcgamesn.com/minecraft/twenty-best-minecraft-mods

Coding Minecraft Mods

https://bedrockminer.jimdo.com/modding-tutorials/

Clojure (or Common Lisp)

ClojureScript differences

https://clojurescript.org/about/differences

Clojure homepage

https://clojure.org/

Clojure Koans

https://github.com/functional-koans/clojure-koans

Getting started writing games in Clojure

https://lambdaisland.com/blog/08-12-2016-game-development-with-clojure-clojurescript

DIY Echo Home Speaker

Mycroft Official Website

https://mycroft.ai/

Mycroft Community Forums

https://community.mycroft.ai/

Hackster.io: “Hey Mycroft, Where Is the International Space Station?”

https://www.hackster.io/gov/hey-mycroft-where-is-the-international-space-station-5f2f04

PuTTY download

https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/putty_portable/

Digital Trends: “Finally, an A.I. voice assistant that doesn’t collect and monetize your data” (Mycroft Mark 2)

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/mycroft-mark-ii-assistant/

Creating a Jigsaw Puzzle

SketchUp Official Website

https://www.sketchup.com/

SketchUp Free Web-based App

https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-free

Laser Burglar Alarm

Micro:Bit Official Website

http://microbit.org/

Where to get a Micro:Bit

http://microbit.org/resellers/

Mu Python Editor

https://codewith.mu/

Wikipedia: Photoresistor (Light Dependent Resistor)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoresistor

TechnologyStudent.com: Light Dependent Resistors

http://www.technologystudent.com/elec1/ldr1.htm

Kinesthetic Computer Science

About kinesthetic learning

https://www.education.com/magazine/article/kinesthetic_learner/
https://www.learningstyles.org/styles/kinesthetic.html

16 characteristics of kinesthetic and tactile learners

https://child1st.com/blogs/resources/113559047-16-characteristics-of-kinesthetic-and-tactile-learners

Engaging students in STEM

https://www.labster.com/blog/3-ways-to-make-stem-education-more-engaging/
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/stem-engagement-maker-movement-annmarie-thomas

Also In The April 2018 Issue

Who chooses new emojis? And what’s coming in the next batch?

Build your own voice-controlled digital assistant with a Raspberry Pi and an analog speaker.

Using Scratch and some simple vector math, create your own Boids algorithm to simulate the flight of birds.

6 hands-on STEM camps and clubs to join this summer.

With these new high-tech cards, public transit is easier than ever.

Slice digital photos into pieces and have fun pasting them back together.

Meet the cute little bot that’s helping scientists understand the courtship of frogs.

Dive into the nitty-gritty of game-making with this popular Python library.

Learn about the Native soldiers and the creative cypher code that helped win WWII.

Our cars aren’t quite driving themselves, but they can help us park and avoid collisions.

Make your games even more exciting with custom user-created content!

A clever teacher uses our favourite round robot to bring books to life.

Learn how to search through blobs of text with speed, accuracy, and elegance… like a ninja!

Links from the bottom of all the April 2018 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for April 2018.