I wanted to create a kids friendly micro controller. Something he could create the most amazing things with. I made a list of requirements:
one self contained blockit must be easy to use in something my son can build.ports must connect to all kinds of IO (leds, sensors, motors, servo's…)connecting to the IO ports must always be correct (i.e. reversal of the connector must be impossible or no problem)my son must be able to program it himself
In Super Awesome Sylvia’s latest video, she walks through a build for an Arduino-powered Pulse Sensor pendant necklace. The sensor attaches to your ear and is connected to a pendant around your neck. The LEDs on the pendant blink in pace with your heart. In addition to step-by-step directions for the project, Sylvia offers a short lesson in cardiology 101.
A Pew Research report on teens and social media last week launched the tech blogosphere into a giddy, frenzied panic: Teens are "abandoning" Facebook. This is a misinterpretation of what the report's data really shows.
Learning to program can sound like a daunting task even for well-educated adults, much less a kid. But the makers of Hopscotch think it’s easy enough for an eight-year-old, given the right interface.
Hopscotch is the first iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. The free app lets budding programmers plan and code their own projects. The beta version of the app launched in Apple's App Store Tuesday.
Your average five-year-old doesn’t know how to program. But she can probably sing songs, tell stories, and even make up her own stories and songs. According to Vikas Gupta, founder and CEO of Play-i, these skills are all a child needs to program and operate a robot.
The puppet is a simple toy, but with a magic soul inside. It is composed by two different technologies which make it interactive: the first is on the puppet itself, a special coating fabric allowing the communication between the puppet and the screen; the second is internal to the puppet, a microcontroller which commands the light inside the puppet.
My Little Geek is an ABC book all about geekdom. Imagine the joy of hearing your two year old chatting away about his holographic ninja or time traveling joystick. From Android to Zombie, this educational book will keep the little ones and parents entertained all night long.
In the 20th Century, meaningful education was all about learning your ABCs. Today, it's centered on Alphas, Betas and C++.
Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into thecore competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. That inescapable fact is leading individuals to seek out new ways of learning to code, startups and non-profits to find ways to help them and businesses to search for innovative approaches to finding the coders they so desperately need.
One of the biggest questions tech-savvy parents must contend with when it comes to tablets for their kids is this: do I really want to give my precious wee one a really expensive piece metal and glass?