About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

How to Raise Good Geeks

How to Raise Good Geeks

Being called a geek used to be an insult, but we all know it as a badge of honor. Fostering geekiness, however, often has to be an intentional choice to get out of the way of our innate joy of learning. Here are eleven things to consider with your own young geeks.
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About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Mapping D&D With Minecraft

Minecraft + DnD

Weekly Dungeons & Dragons gaming sessions with my sons and their friends took an experimental turn recently. Using Minecraft Pocket Edition, we now have an interactive map for our current adventure. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Dr. Horrible Turns 5

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Five years ago, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog streamed on the Internet. If catchphrases are the true measure of cultural impact, here are five suggestions to put into everyday use. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

33-year-old Sikorsky Prize Claimed by Kickstarted Craft

Gamera II

Almost a year after a record-setting 50-second flight by the University of Maryland, a team from Canada made a successful claim on the 33-year-old Sikorsky Prize for human-powered helicopter flight. They earned $250,000, thanks to a $34,000 Kickstarter campaign. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

16 Things Young Geeks Should Know About Internet Culture

Internet Things To Know

A big part of being a geek includes understanding the shared culture we experience when working with technology. Here are 16 things geeklets should know (but probably don’t) that can help form a base understanding of Internet Culture. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

The Importance of Being Geeky

Raspberry Pi

A recent study by Cornell University demonstrated a correlation between planning skills and education achievement, suggesting a potential avenue to mitigate low-income disadvantages: Be geeky. Community mentors talk about the benefits of being geeky. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Geek Camp: Finish Day

Geek Camp Finish Day

Finish Day is an event where designers, coders and startup types come together and spend the day helping each other finish their projects. Geek Camp held our own Finish Day, resulting in over a dozen video projects. This is a report from the field. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

The Pocket Scavenger Inspires Creativity … and a Contest

A to Z Scavenge

After paging through Keri Smith’s latest journal offering, The Pocket Scavenger, my kids and their friends conducted an alphabet scavenger hunt. You have a chance to win a copy of Smith’s book and matching smartphone app by conducting a scavenger hunt of your own. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Geek Camp: Alka Seltzer and Frickin’ Laser Beams

Geek Camp Logo

Days 3 and 4 of our family Geek Camp included a trip to a nearby hackerspace and playtesting a water tag game. This is a report from the field. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Geek Camp: Peeta and Petaflops

IU Wall

The second day of Geek Camp is in the books. With 15 campers, three pets and at least one bum knee to manage this week, our carefully crafted schedule became more of a Disneyland map than a flight plan. Yet to come is a hacker space, comic book day, and a game involving alka seltzer and duct tape. In the meantime, here’s a report from the field. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Geek Camp

Geek Camp 2013

Our family Geek Camp is a couple years old, originating as a way to kill some time while watching a friend’s kids for the week. We’re turning it up to eleven this year with a dozen-plus kids and multiple tracks for project work. The week of making, gaming and coding will be accompanied by daily articles on our progress. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Why This Geek Is Not Watching Star Trek

Star Trek Fail

This month, fans flocked to see the much-anticipated second installment of J.J. Abrams reboot of the franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness. I was not among them. Why would a lifelong Trekkie not see what is widely considered to be a good action film? It failed the Bechdel Test. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Mythbusters Taught me Everything I Know About Parenting

Mythbusters 10th anniversary

The geek cult around Discovery’s Mythbusters extends beyond the urban legends and movie magic that hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage bust each week. Through their science and creativity, the lessons learned on that show may also serve as insights into good parenting. As the crew celebrates the show’s 10th anniversary, GeekDads mines parenting tips from familiar quotes. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

Happy Birthday, George Takei!

George Takei as Mr. Sulu

The Star Trek actor and social media darling turns 76 today! Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

The Music of Calvin and Hobbes Available Online

The original soundtrack for Dear Mr. Watterson is available online

Director Joel Schroeder made sure to elicit the appropriate emotional responses from viewers of his Calvin & Hobbes documentary with a soundtrack provided by Washington, D.C. band, We Were Pirates. The original film score, now available online, can’t help but conjure images of boy Calvin romping through the woods with his tiger, or fighting evil space aliens as his alter ego Spaceman Spiff. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.

What if We Had a Planet Instead of a Moon?

What if we had Saturn instead of the Moon?

The Moon is a spectacular, if not all too familiar landmark of our night sky. For artist and author Ron Miller, it’s also inspiration for some compelling science art. Continue reading

About Kevin Makice

Kevin is finishing up a Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing while working on @SociaLens, a Midwest startup. His new book is Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age. He's a secret identity waiting for a superhero.