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Do-It-Yourself Project Books

How to Build Incredible Worlds in Minecraft

These books include lots of great projects to work on by yourself or with others, from Scratch and Minecraft to fun maker space projects.

The Big Book of Maker Space Projects

What can’t you do with this book? That’s the question. There are projects for paper, smartphones, 3D printing, littleBits, sewing circuits, MakeyMakey, and more. Plus a section on low cost projects. The emphasis is on helping kids and adults discover the fun and joy of experimenting, creating, and learning through doing.

Written by a wife and husband team of long-time school librarians with a couple decades experience teaching kids hands on project learning, this is a well organized and thought out book. You’ll find it easy to get started.

ISBN: 978-1-25-964425-2

From Video Games to Real Life

Written by a librarian based on her experiences in an active and innovative maker program, this book describes how to use Minecraft, 3D printing, sound, and other technologies to engage kids in projects and library events. There’s lots of useful details.

ISBN: 978-1-4408-4378-5

Scratch Programming Playground

While there are many Scratch books, plus online materials, this book teaches the block drag and drop program through a series of video games kids can create by themselves and with help from adults. The adults also will find the games fun to create and tweak. Create maze runner, snake, brick breakers, and fruit slicer games.

ISBN: 978-1-59327-762-8

Block City: How to Build Incredible Worlds in Minecraft

Thirty-six amazing projects of futuristic cities, fantasy kingdoms, and zones. Strategies and techniques included.

ISBN: 978-1-4197-1618-8

Hello Ruby

Ruby is a small girl with a huge imagination. Her adventures in this book teach any kid (and adults) the basic concepts of software programming. Activities are included in every chapter to fire up the imagination of readers. An approachable book for readers.

ISBN: 978-1-250-06500-1

Learn More

The Big Book of Maker Space Projects

From Video Games to Real Life

Scratch Programming Playground

Block City: How to Build Incredible Worlds in Minecraft

Hello Ruby

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If you work in a school or community library, or an after school group, STEAM events can be a way to offer technology events for kids.

A short history of virtual and augmented reality with lots of links to learn more.

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There are several key skills that I believe you need to have if you want to be a software programmer.

What makes a programmer lousy is a good way to identify what makes a programmer great.

Virtual reality has brought to the masses an old problem with flight simulators: what happens when our brain, ears, and eyes disagree?

The dots and lines used in graph theory can solve interesting problems.

Links from the bottom of all the October 2016 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for October 2016.