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June 2015 Learn More Links

Climbing Katahdin on Flickr

Links from the bottom of all the June 2015 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Solar Cockroaches, Water Rockets, and Pinhole Eyeglasses


Instructables Solar Projects

Instructables Pinhole Cameras

Brown Dog Gadgets

Two projects (Solar Radio, Cockroach v2.0) from the person who runs this website with more projects, parts, and guides.

Pinhole Eyeglasses

Solar Cockroach V2.0

$3 Emergency Solar Radio

Electric Cigar Box Guitar with Built-in Amp

Digital Yahtzee

Rubber Band Harmonica

Water Rocket Launcher

Print 3D Models Without Owning a Printer



Train Set (Thingiverse)

7120 Bionica’s 3D Printing Hub

FIRST Tech Challenge


Team 7120 Bionica

9 girls, 1 purple robot

Simple and Fun 3D Models to Print


Preparing Your Model

3D Hubs

Train Set

Tool Stand

Personalized Pencil Holder

Animal Shapes Puzzle

Animal Napkin Rings

Rolling Cookie Cutter

Interlocking Puzzle

Bitsbox: Monthly Coding Projects in the Mail


Bitsbox Teachers Guide/Mailing List

FUZE Computer Teaches Kids to Code

FUZE Computers

Miniature WiFi Module for Raspberry Pi

BBC Micro


Apple II

Dash and Dot Robots Projects

Wonder Workshop

Dash and Dot Play Ideas

Duck Duck Goose with Dot

Dash’s Cleanup Challenge

Robo Bowling

Robot Filmmaking

Interactive Art

Kano Computers


Kano World

An Interview with Paul Chayka

Robotics and Beyond

Paul Chayka

Functions and Procedures

Pen and Paper Coding

Erik Linde

Variables, Constants, and Data Types

The first article in this series teaching programming basics with pen and paper.

Language of the Month: Ruby


Ruby from Other Languages

Describes differences between Ruby and C/C++, Java, Perl, PHP, and Python languages.

Try Ruby in Your Browser

The Ruby Language FAQ

Comparison of Programming Languages


4 Reasons Why You Should Learn Ruby As Your First Programming Language

What’s Special About Ruby?

What makes Ruby an Elegant Language?

What are the Benefits of Ruby on Rails? After Two Decades of Programming, I Use Rails

The Many Interpreters and Runtimes of the Ruby Programming Language

A Beginners Guide to Ruby

Learn Ruby the Hard Way

Actually this online book is one of the easiest ways to learn Ruby in depth.

Book Review: Teach Your Kids to Code

Teach Your Kids to Code (No Starch Press)

Book Review: Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (No Starch Press)

Create Art with Paper + Mix



Also In The June 2015 Issue

October 2015 Issue: Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) connects dumb devices like refrigerators to the internet and uses software to connect them to our daily lives.

There are many operating systems for internet of things devices, from existing software used to control electronic boards to efforts by Google and Apple.

Disney Infinity 3.0, Rocket League, and Super Mario Maker are three fun video games to consider for the 2015 holiday season

You can learn a little software programming and have lots of fun with any number of coding apps available for your phone or tablet computer.

Operating system software is a key part of all computers. But what are they and how do they work?

Learning how to make kittens with JavaScript is a great way to learn how to use the free Chrome web browser to practice and learn JavaScript.

Working through a book can help parents learn programming with their kids or kids learn on their own.

Board games and card games are some of the best ways to learn about programming. You don't need a computer. Play as a family or group.

These robots also can be programmed to move around rooms, one way for kids to learn programming.

Six women were hired to use their math skills to program the ENIAC computer. They called themselves The First Programmers Club.

Nicky is a Linguistics major who learned coding skills to further her research. She's also finished a PhD, won a few big awards, and co-founded Grok Learning.

Two women created an innovative online service to teach teenage girls how to code by using video.

The new Rust programming language is designed to solve problems with operating systems and fix issues with C and other languages.

Data can become alive and pose questions as well as reveal answers to questions we have.

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

DRY is an acronym for Don't Repeat Yourself. It's a critical programming concept and skill to learn.

Interesting news stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August and September 2015.

CoderDojo is a free after school club for kids ages 7-17 where kids, parents, mentors, and others play with technology and learn to code.