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February 2018 Learn More Links

Tom Woodward

Breaking the Silo

Tips for teaching STEM

https://beneylu.com/pssst/en/stem-classroom/
https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/06/17/ctq_jolly_stem.html
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/stem-engagement-maker-movement-annmarie-thomas

How to teach computational thinking

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/how-to-teach-computational-thinking/
https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/11/teaching-computational-thinking-first-step-bridging-stem-skills-gap
https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=894&category=In-the-classroom&article=
https://code.org/curriculum/course3/1/Teacher

Listening to Data

Alexander’s broadcasts and his music

https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/more-than-meets-the-eye-nasa-scientists-listen-to-data/
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnnyym/spaced-out-making-music-with-the-sun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b9ykhYzw6k

Motherboard article: “‘The Space Composer’ is Making Music with the Sun”

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnnyym/spaced-out-making-music-with-the-sun

NASA article: “NASA Scientists Listen to Data”

https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/more-than-meets-the-eye-nasa-scientists-listen-to-data/

TEDx: “How we turn stars into music”

https://tedxinnovations.ted.com/2016/03/07/spotlight-tedx-talk-how-we-turn-stars-into-music/

University of Michigan: Scientists Listen to the Sun

http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/7541-scientists-listen-to-the-sun-in-new-sonification-project

Morse Code

Morse Code Translator

https://morsecode.scphillips.com/translator.html

The Telegraph

http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/telegraph

US Navy Training Video for Morse Code

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQyP7VJqvqE

Introducing Sphero

Sphero activities

https://edu.sphero.com/cwists/category

New Yorker article: “A Whole New Ball Game”

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

Wired article: “How BB-8 – a Rolling Robot in a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Changed Everything for Sphero

https://www.wired.com/2015/12/how-bb-8a-rolling-robot-in-a-galaxy-far-far-awaychanged-everything-for-sphero/

How inductive charging works

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/inductionchargers.html

Finding Summer Camps

101 questions to ask when choosing 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/

ID Tech

http://www.internaldrive.com/
https://www.kidscodecs.com/interview-with-peter-ingram-cauchi-and-alexa/

Tech Kids Unlimited

http://www.techkidsunlimited.org/
https://www.kidscodecs.com/an-interview-with-beth-rosenberg/

Digital Media Academy

http://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/

Emagination Computer Camps

http://www.computercamps.com/

Black Girls Code

Summer of Code 2013 was in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, District of Columbia, Chicago, and Oakland, California.
http://www.blackgirlscode.com

Coder Dojo

An international coding club to connect programming professionals with kids 7-17 and their parents (if parents want to get involved).
http://www.coderdojo.com

Kids can Code

Based in Southern California with a focus on Python, Scratch, and Raspberry Pi.
http://kidscancode.org/

The Blue Brain Project

The Blue Brain Project main page

http://bluebrain.epfl.ch/

Henry Markram x TED: A brain in a supercomputer

https://www.ted.com/talks/henry_markram_supercomputing_the_brain_s_secrets

Detailed Project Overview by Artificial Brains

http://www.artificialbrains.com/blue-brain-project

Info on How the Brain Works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nH4MRvO-10
http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=152&id=1528

Why the Human Brain Project Went Wrong

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-human-brain-project-went-wrong-and-how-to-fix-it/

Thinking Outside the Box

SketchUp Help Center: Adding Colors and Textures with Materials

https://help.sketchup.com/en/article/3000113

SketchUp: Images, Textures, Fixed and Free Pins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqCdnfyjv5Q

SketchUp Tutorial: Aligning Textures Using the Fixed Pins

https://forums.sketchup.com/t/aligning-textures-using-the-fixed-pins/41166

SketchUp Textures

http://www.sketchuptexture.com/

PyWeek Game Jam Report

BeepBox

www.beepbox.co

PyGame

www.pygame.org

An online book that teaches programming with PyGame

http://programarcadegames.com/index.php

The main PyWeek site

http://pyweek.org

Modelling Tic-Tac-Toe with Python

Lists and Arrays

http://study.com/academy/lesson/arrays-lesson-for-kids.html

Functions

https://www.kidscodecs.com/programming-functions/
https://www.tutorialspoint.com/computer_programming/computer_programming_functions.htm

User Input

http://www.discoveryplayground.com/computer-programming-for-kids/kids-programming-03/

What Time Is It?

Unix Time

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

Epoch Converter

https://www.epochconverter.com/

Why Does Unix Time Start at 1970/01/01?

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Unix-time-start-at-1970-01-01

French Republican Calendar

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

Hack Your Own Operation Game

History of Operation Game

https://www.classicgamesandpuzzles.com/Operation.html

MicroPython Speech Module

http://microbit-micropython.readthedocs.io/en/latest/tutorials/speech.html

More about while loops

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming/programming/looping/p/intro-to-while-loops
https://www.kidscodecs.com/loops-a-fairy-tale/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSWCgZBSx_U

Take Minecraft Game Online

TopG Server List

http://topg.org/Minecraft

Planet Minecraft Skins Directory

https://www.planetminecraft.com/resources/skins/

Official Guide for Multiplayer

https://help.mojang.com/customer/en/portal/articles/429052-how-do-i-play-multiplayer-

Realms website

https://minecraft.net/en-us/realms/

3D Printed Jewellery

3D printing resources

https://www.tinkercad.com/
https://kirakira.com/
https://www.shapeways.com/

Telegraph article: “Is 3D printing the future of fine jewellery?”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/is-3d-printing-the-future-of-fine-jewellery/

More articles about 3D printing

https://hbr.org/2013/03/3-d-printing-will-change-the-world
https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21724368-recent-advances-make-3d-printing-powerful-competitor-conventional-mass-production-3d
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/18/world-first-3d-printed-bridge-cyclists-netherlands

From Scratch to JavaScript: WoofJS

WoofJS Teacher Guide

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13OEk0KQbP1YZTblwRdBcVRCdcGCj2kHjxjzuD2g-fGk/edit#

WoofJS Game Design Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va9qYKSSqAQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL_jY8UzGv8

Introduction to JavaScript

https://www.kidscodecs.com/javascript/
https://www.codecademy.com/learn/introduction-to-javascript
https://www.w3schools.com/js/js_intro.asp

Julia

A profile from when Julia was first going public

https://www.wired.com/2014/02/julia/

A bare bones tutorial on Julia

https://learnxinyminutes.com/docs/julia/

A library for doing symbolic mathematics like algebra in Julia

http://mth229.github.io/symbolic.html

An article comparing the performance of a fast Python implementation with the base Julia implementation

http://tullo.ch/articles/python-vs-julia/

A “deep learning” library for Julia

https://devblogs.nvidia.com/parallelforall/mocha-jl-deep-learning-julia/

The main Julia site

https://julialang.org/

Also In The February 2018 Issue

In an era before telephones, a clever code was created to send messages by telegraph.

A simple coding activity that creates a virtual tic-tac-toe board with pieces.

Seven days to design, code, and debug a program with PyGame. What could go wrong?

Play with your friends or connect to Minecraft servers all around the world.

Turning scientific data into music can lead to new insights and new solutions.

Tools to help you design and print your own jewelry. Who says geeks can’t be fashionable?

Say hello to your new favorite robot: spherical, programmable, and durable. It can even swim!

The perfect language to help you transition into a new way of coding.

Create a new and improved variation of the classic 1960s board game with micro:bit.

Learn about the origin of Unix time, the calendar system used by digital devices.

Could a human brain be simulated by a computer? Would it think and feel like we do?

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