Projects and Puzzles

How to Make Kittens with JavaScript

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.

How to Keep Your Code DRY

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

Coding with the Sphero SPRK Edition Robot

The new Sphero SPRK Edition makes it even easier for teachers, parents, and kids to learn math, robotics, and programming.

Feed a Philosopher

This computer science problem is both interesting and fun to recreate in a classroom or group.

FUZE Computer Teaches Kids to Code

The FUZE computer is a 1980s computer design with the brain and flexibility of a modern Raspberry Pi. It's ideal for teaching kids to code and build electronics projects.

Solar Cockroaches, Water Rockets, and Pinhole Eyeglasses

Here are a few of the many fun summer projects to be found at Instructables.com website.

Kano Computers

The Kano computer is a Raspberry Pi computer with a spiffy installation process (and manual) and a carefully thought out online experience.

Bitsbox: Monthly Coding Projects in the Mail

Every month the Bitsbox service delivers a colorful booklet full of fun coding projects for kids to do then share with friends and family.

Create Art with Paper + Mix

Paper is a free software app for iPad users that is ideal for sketching simple to complex images, designing blueprints or diagrams for the boardroom, and taking notes in class. Paper has gained popularity for its multipurpose features. Approximately 10 percent of all iPad users have downloaded the app, according to The Verge website. Paper […]

Dash and Dot Robots Projects

Dash and Dot robots are cute round robots from the Wonder Workshop for kids elementary school age. Kids play with them to have fun and learn about technology.

Simple and Fun 3D Models to Print

Here are a number of simple and fun 3D models to print with your own 3D printer or through a 3D printing service.

Functions and Procedures

An introduction to programming functions and procedures using pen and paper instead of code. Includes lots of examples and exercises.

Print 3D Models Without a Printer

You can print 3D models without owning a printer. Here's my experience printing 3D models using 3DHubs.com and a local printer.

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

This book helps average non-technical people learn how to free themselves from mundane computer tasks.

10 Million Passwords

A real life case study to explore online security, privacy, and the law.

Variables, Constants, and Data Types

Learn without a computer or programming language. Includes exercises.

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Practice problem solving skills programmers use every day.

3D Projects

From simple to complex, here are nine three-dimensional models you can download then print to explore 3D printing.

Build a Website with Kirby

Kirby is software you can use to create website without the hassle of a database. Plus its easy to install and use.

How to Install ubermix

Here's how to find and install ubermix, an operating system and tools schools and individuals can use to give new life to old computers.

Build a Website with Squarespace

A simple overview how to use this website creation service to build your own website.

MaKey MaKey Projects

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that connects any object that conducts even a little bit of electricity to make things like banana pianos.

SketchUp Projects

These SketchUp projects range from introductory to complex with lots of links to more videos and projects.

Project Spark!

Create online video games for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox using this free software tool kit.

Build a Raspberry Pi Game

This is a great project for a morning or afternoon. Plus you will have a board game to play when you're done.

Wolf, Goat, Cabbage

Logic puzzles help develop reasoning skills useful for programming, computer science, and anything you might do.

Create a Website with Wix

Wix.com is a free online tool you can use to create a website. Here's a basic tutorial to get started, as well as files to build a test site.

Lo Shu Magic Squares Puzzle

A 4,000 year old Chinese magic squares puzzle is both fun and a way to learn basic problem solving skills. Plus turtles.

Playing Harvest Moon in Japanese

The story of an English-speaking person learning a little Japanese by playing the latest Harvest Moon game, Connect to a New World, in original Japanese.

How to Draw

Learning how to draw is a great way to learn how to pay attention to detail, and learn what to leave out.