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June 2015 Learn More Links

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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

https://www.kidscodecs.com/solar-cockroaches-water-rockets-pinhole-eyeglasses/

Instructables

http://www.instructables.com

Instructables Solar Projects

http://www.instructables.com/howto/solar/

Instructables Pinhole Cameras

http://www.instructables.com/howto/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.
http://www.browndoggadgets.com/

Pinhole Eyeglasses

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pinhole-Eyeglasses/

Solar Cockroach V2.0

http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Cockroach-20/

$3 Emergency Solar Radio

http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Emergency-Solar-Radio/

Electric Cigar Box Guitar with Built-in Amp

http://www.instructables.com/id/Electric-Cigar-Box-guitar-w-Built-in-amplifier/

Digital Yahtzee

http://www.instructables.com/id/Digital-YAHTZEExls/

Rubber Band Harmonica

http://www.instructables.com/id/Rubber-Band-Harmonica/

Water Rocket Launcher

http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-Rocket-Launcher-for-Science-Fun/

Print 3D Models Without Owning a Printer

https://www.kidscodecs.com/print-3d-models-without-a-printer/

3DHubs

https://3dhubs.com

Thingiverse

http://thingiverse.com

Train Set (Thingiverse)

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:702858

7120 Bionica’s 3D Printing Hub

https://www.3dhubs.com/new-york/hubs/bionica-7120

FIRST Tech Challenge

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

TinkerCAD

https://www.tinkercad.com/
http://www.123dapp.com/

Team 7120 Bionica

9 girls, 1 purple robot
https://twitter.com/7120Bionica
https://www.facebook.com/bionica7120

Simple and Fun 3D Models to Print

https://www.kidscodecs.com/simple-fun-3d-models/

Thingiverse

http://www.thingiverse.com/

Preparing Your Model

https://www.kidscodecs.com/3d-projects/

3D Hubs

http://www.3dhubs.com

Train Set

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:702858

Tool Stand

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:64314

Personalized Pencil Holder

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:205523

Animal Shapes Puzzle

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:357444

Animal Napkin Rings

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:31313

Rolling Cookie Cutter

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:39192

Interlocking Puzzle

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:39468

Bitsbox: Monthly Coding Projects in the Mail

https://www.kidscodecs.com/bitsbox-monthly-coding-projects-in-mail/

Bitsbox

https://bitsbox.com/
https://bitsbox.com/faq.html
https://bitsbox.com/mailchimp.html
http://subscribe.bitsbox.com/

Bitsbox Teachers Guide/Mailing List

https://bitsbox.com/pdf/BitsboxTeachersGuide_hoc2014.pdf
https://bitsbox.com/teachers/index.html

FUZE Computer Teaches Kids to Code

https://www.kidscodecs.com/fuze-computer-teaches-kids-to-code/

FUZE Computers

http://www.fuze.co.uk/
http://www.fuze.co.uk/education-2/
http://www.fuze.co.uk/products/

Miniature WiFi Module for Raspberry Pi

https://www.adafruit.com/products/814

BBC Micro

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro

Minitel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minitel

Apple II

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_II

Dash and Dot Robots Projects

https://www.kidscodecs.com/dash-dot-robots-projects/

Wonder Workshop

https://www.makewonder.com/

Dash and Dot Play Ideas

https://www.makewonder.com/play/ideas/

Duck Duck Goose with Dot

https://www.makewonder.com/play/ideas/30

Dash’s Cleanup Challenge

https://www.makewonder.com/play/ideas/9

Robo Bowling

https://www.makewonder.com/play/ideas/26

Robot Filmmaking

https://www.makewonder.com/play/ideas/25

Interactive Art

https://www.makewonder.com/play/ideas/35

Kano Computers

https://www.kidscodecs.com/kano-computers/

Kano

http://www.kano.me

Kano World

http://world.kano.me

An Interview with Paul Chayka

https://www.kidscodecs.com/an-interview-with-paul-chayka/

Robotics and Beyond

http://www.roboticsandbeyond.org
http://roboticsandbeyond.org/wp_index.php/programs/
https://twitter.com/RoboticsBeyond
https://www.facebook.com/RoboticsBeyond

Paul Chayka

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-chayka/6/7b9/2b4

Functions and Procedures

https://www.kidscodecs.com/functions-and-procedures/

Pen and Paper Coding

https://www.penpapercoding.com

Erik Linde

https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=936246

Variables, Constants, and Data Types

The first article in this series teaching programming basics with pen and paper.
https://www.kidscodecs.com/variables-constants-data-types/

Language of the Month: Ruby

https://www.kidscodecs.com/ruby/

Ruby

https://www.ruby-lang.org
https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/
https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/quickstart/
https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/community/
http://rubycentral.org/
http://ruby-doc.com/docs/ProgrammingRuby/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_%28programming_language%29

Ruby from Other Languages

Describes differences between Ruby and C/C++, Java, Perl, PHP, and Python languages.
https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/ruby-from-other-languages/

Try Ruby in Your Browser

http://tryruby.org/levels/1/challenges/0

The Ruby Language FAQ

http://ruby-doc.org/docs/ruby-doc-bundle/FAQ/FAQ.html

Comparison of Programming Languages

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_programming_languages

Reflection

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflection_%28computer_programming%29

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

http://www.skilledup.com/articles/4-reasons-learn-ruby-first-programming-language/

What’s Special About Ruby?

http://astonj.com/tech/whats-special-about-ruby/

What makes Ruby an Elegant Language?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1812225/what-makes-ruby-an-elegant-language

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

http://www.toptal.com/ruby-on-rails/after-two-decades-of-programming-i-use-rails

The Many Interpreters and Runtimes of the Ruby Programming Language

http://www.toptal.com/ruby/the-many-shades-of-the-ruby-programming-language

A Beginners Guide to Ruby

https://hackhands.com/beginners-guide-ruby/

Learn Ruby the Hard Way

Actually this online book is one of the easiest ways to learn Ruby in depth.
http://learnrubythehardway.org/book/
http://learnrubythehardway.org

Book Review: Teach Your Kids to Code

https://www.kidscodecs.com/book-review-teach-your-kids-to-code/

Teach Your Kids to Code (No Starch Press)

http://www.nostarch.com/teachkids

Book Review: Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

https://www.kidscodecs.com/book-review-automate-with-python/

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (No Starch Press)

http://www.nostarch.com/automatestuff

Create Art with Paper + Mix

https://www.kidscodecs.com/create-art-with-paper-app/

Mix

https://mix.fiftythree.com/
https://mix.fiftythree.com/learn
https://mix.fiftythree.com/sketch
https://mix.fiftythree.com/play
https://mix.fiftythree.com/write
https://mix.fiftythree.com/design
https://mix.fiftythree.com/think

Paper

http://www.fiftythree.com/paper
http://support.fiftythree.com/customer/portal/articles/1689145-using-mix-in-paper

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.