Projects and Puzzles

Searching for Prime Numbers

Figuring out how to find prime numbers is a matter of the right strategy plus code plus trying different ideas.

The Congressional App Challenge

The US Congressional App Challenge is an annual contest to encourage US high school students to try programming by creating an app.

Makey Makey Go!

A super portable version of Makey Makey, there's lots of experiments you can do with the new Makey Makey Go!

Programming Projects for Kids 5-8

Younger kids can have lots of fun playing games this summer while learning basic programming concepts.

Fun Summer Projects

There are many ways to learn technology while playing. Here are technologies and resources you might want to find online this summer.

Code Monster

Code Monster from Crunchzilla is a fun online emulator used to learn JavaScript.

TryRuby.org

This online emulator lets you learn and try out a little of the Ruby programming language.

ASCII Star Wars

Here's a fun way to learn about telnet and watch the original Star Wars movie in ASCII format.

IFTTT

IFTTT is an online service that brings content to you by email, phone, or other devices.

How to Build a Computer

Building your own computer is a great way to not only save money, and get more processing power, but also to learn about the less obvious parts of software programming.

Sumobots

Sumobots smash into each other and can be a fun project to create. Free plans are online. Upload your plan to services which send you the parts.

Low Cost Virtual Reality Headsets with Google Cardboard

The Google Cardboard project is a fun way to experience virtual reality with your phone and software apps.

Invent Things with SAM Wireless Blocks

Use a software app to invent neat things by mixing SAM wireless blocks. No wires and no code needed.

How to Create a Really Secure Password

Use dice from a board game or toy store to create difficult to crack passwords and phrases that you can remember.

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.

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.

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.

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.