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August 2018 Learn More Links

Ray in Manila on Flickr

Ames Illusion

About the Ames Room

SketchUp Resources

Command Line Interface (CLI) Part II

Examples of the “find” command

A long-form tutorial on bash scripting

Another longer guide to bash scripting

An alternative to bash

Project SNOWstorm

Project SNOWstorm

Cellular Tracking Technologies

Cronch the Cats

About rogue-like games

Scratch Resources

Video tutorials for beginners
Scratch community and resources

Hieroglyphs and Reverse Engineering

About Egyptian hieroglyphs

How the Rosetta stone helped us decipher hieroglyphs

Hieroglyph code breaker activity

Details on cracking the code



About Joshua Lowe and the creation of Edublocks

Introduction to Python

Random Dessert Generator

Introduction to Python

Khan Academy video tutorial about lists in Python

Lists in Python

Python random module

Image Filters

Computerphile: video about Digital Images

Computerphile: video about How Blurs & Filters Work

Illustration of the HSB system

RGB and HSV / HSB Color Spaces

Image Manipulation: Filters and Convolutions (class slides)

From Drawing to 3D

Microsoft 3D Builder



Robot Motors

What is a Robot

Guide to Motors

Stepper Motor Tutorial

How to use a Stepper Motor

DC Motor Control Tutorial

Servos Explained

Stepper Elevator Example

My Best Computer Science Lesson

Turtle Graphics

Introducing Turtle Graphics for Python

Turtle Graphics for tk Docs (used by

Catching a Gravitational Wave

How LIGO detected gravitational waves

Caltech news release about LIGO wave detection

Facts about LIGO


Programming in Lua, the official book by the creators of the language

The official Lua reference manual

Description of Lua in a Backus-Naur Form (BNF)

BNF is like a compact cheatsheet for the syntax of a programming language

Backus-Naur Form tutorial

Fantasy Computers and TIC-80

TIC-80 home page

TIC-80 github

In-browser TIC-80

TIC-80 tutorials and documentation

LIKO-12: Another up-and-coming open source fantasy computer

PICO-8: The big one that started the trend

Staying Safe Online

Minecraft: a Parent’s Guide

Tips from Minecraft for staying safe online

Safety Net Kids: Staying Safe Online


Geocaching with Kids

5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with Kids

Advice from a middle school teacher who takes her classes out geocaching.

Spatial Orientation and the Brain: The Effects of Map Reading and Navigation

STEM Star: Michelle Barboza-Ramirez

Femmes of STEM

About Paleontology

Parenting Science: Paleontology and dinosaurs for kids

Also In The August 2018 Issue

Logic puzzles help develop reasoning skills useful for programming, computer science, and anything you might do.

Find perfect and fun gifts for your loved ones that teach STEAM concepts and skills.

From light-up bow-ties to conductive thread, you’ll be the life of the party with this STEAM-inspired gear.

A free online test service reveals how much personal data your web browser is giving away.

Add more tools to your command line arsenal, including running mini-scripts and making backup copies.

Use switches to take your robotic creations to the next level.

An old classic with a electronic twist, featuring JavaScript and micro:bit.

Create the American flag in SketchUp using this detailed tutorial.

From lasers to supernovas, Berboucha is making science communication a priority.

Code can always be improved. Check out these tips to make you the best programmer you can be!

It’s a programming language unlike any you’ve seen before. Check out this symbolic system designed for mathematical calculations.

New, improved, faster, and sleeker - it’s Scratch 3, your new favourite block language!

Learn about the brilliant algorithm behind all of your GPS devices.

It’s free, comprehensive, and available on-the-go. This cool app helps you master Python faster than ever before.

Open up whole new worlds to explore through these interesting, diverse add-ons.

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

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