beanz Magazine

June 2015 News Wire

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News and project stories about kids, coding, computer science, and how we use technology in our daily lives.

How to Build a 20-Foot Functional Geodesic Dome Out of PVC

http://makezine.com/2015/04/10/build-functional-geodesic-dome-pvc/

Build Your Own Apple II Lookalike Watch

http://lifehacker.com/build-your-own-apple-ii-lookalike-watch-1697027265

Astronomers Have Seen the Enemy and It Is Robotic Lawnmowers

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/a14935/green-bank-telescope-irobot-lawnmowers/

Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/06/onion-omega-brings-web-smarts-to-iot-hardware-hacking/

Laser Chip Could Turn Smartphones Into Handheld 3D Scanners

http://www.popsci.com/tiny-chip-may-bring-3d-scanners-our-smartphones

Tiny Sensor Package Will Let Students Design Their Own Physics Experiments

http://www.popsci.com/tiny-sensor-package-lets-students-design-their-own-experiments

SXSW 2015: These Undulating, 3D-Printed Clothes Are Pretty Amazing

http://www.popsci.com/sxsw-2015-3d-printed-fashion-activated-body

Rags to riches to rags: The rise and fall of Internet Explorer

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/the-rise-and-fall-of-internet-explorer/

The Latest in Microcontrollers: 11 Cutting-Edge Boards That Are Driving Diversity

http://makezine.com/magazine/make-43/a-smorgas-board-for-your-computing-pleasure/

Death to C (and C++)

http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/02/and-c-plus-plus-too/
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/mozilla-backed-rust-language-stabilizes-at-version-1-0/

The Anti-Drone Business Is About to Take Off

http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a15328/droneshield-anti-drone-business/

How To Install Windows 10 IoT On Your Raspberry Pi 2

http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/30/how-to-install-windows-10-iot-on-your-raspberry-pi-2/

Hamburger icon: How these three lines mystify most people

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31602745

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2015/05/02/403273608/3-d-printers-bring-historic-instruments-back-to-the-future

Google’s Dart language on Android aims for Java-free, 120 FPS apps

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/05/01/googles-dart-language-on-android-aims-for-java-free-120-fps-apps/

How Math Explains Why You Always Lose at Tetris

http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/gaming/a15317/how-lose-at-tetris/

This Calculator Helps You Crack Any Master Combination Lock in 8 Tries

http://lifehacker.com/this-calculator-helps-you-crack-any-master-combination-1700952467

Big Data ? Big Wisdom: Mismanaging 21st Century Problems with 19th Century Thinking

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-i-mitroff/big-data-big-wisdom-misma_b_7244718.html

Watch A Tiny Origami Robot Crawl, Climb, Swim, and Dissolve

http://www.popsci.com/watch-tiny-origami-robot-crawl-climb-swim-and-dissolve

A Folding Drone So Tiny It Can Fit Right In Your Pocket

http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a15707/a-folding-drone-so-tiny-it-can-fit-right-in-your-pocket/

An Almost Reliable, High Precision, 3D Printer: Son of MegaMax (SoM)

http://www.instructables.com/id/An-Almost-Reliable-High-Precision-3D-Printer-Son-o/

One year on, Google Cardboard is bigger and better than ever

http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/google-cardboard-io-2015/

The Ford GT Has More Lines Of Code Than A Boeing Passenger Jet

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1098308_the-ford-gt-has-more-lines-of-code-than-a-boeing-passenger-jet

The female mathematician who changed the course of physics—but couldn’t get a job

http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/05/the-female-mathematician-who-changed-the-course-of-physics-but-couldnt-get-a-job/

OldSF and OldNYC: Historical Photos Plotted on Maps

http://petapixel.com/2015/05/25/oldsf-and-oldnyc-historical-photos-plotted-on-maps/

Solved by Flexbox — Cleaner, hack-free CSS

http://philipwalton.github.io/solved-by-flexbox/

Disney will expand its MagicBands technology, explores use of other wearables

http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/disney-is-going-all-in-on-wearables-plans-to-expand-its-smart-wristband-technology/

The Digital Language Divide

http://labs.theguardian.com/digital-language-divide/

Texts From Teens Build Real-Time Maps of Crisis in America

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/texts-teens-build-real-time-maps-crisis-america/

Simple Raspberry Pi Shutdown Button

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Raspberry-Pi-Shutdown-Button/?ALLSTEPS

Ditch The Pinewood Derby In Favor Of A DIY Wooden Gokart Your Kid Can Drive

https://www.fatherly.com/plyfly-go-kart-by-the-flatworks-1159073589.html

The Interesting Gaming Habits of Teenage Girls

http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2015/04/13/the-interesting-gaming-habits-of-teenage-girls

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.