Word Nerd: Up a Creak

inigo

Today’s Word Nerd is not a terribly common one, though it pops up from time to time. Maybe it’s due to autocorrect, or maybe it’s apathy, but it’s one I’ve seen a few times online, usually in the form of people talking about “hearing the door creek” or “fishing in the creak.” Continue reading

Winter Break Activity Alert: Learn Javascript

Javascript for Kids by Nick Morgan

I’ve fallen in love with a book. Like fallen head-over-heels, carry-it-all-around-town, sneak-in-pages-whenever-I-can in love. The real deal.

The book that is the object of my affection?

Uh… it’s Nick Morgan’s Javascript for Kids. Continue reading

Hacking the Holidays

IntelGalileo

One of my favorite things about the maker revolution is the availability of tools that a decade ago were out of reach of the average hobbyist. Sure, magazines like Nuts & Volts catered to the die-hard hobbyists, but before the internet, and before e-commerce it was difficult for the average guy to find the parts for their projects. It wasn’t just availability either, the price of these things was high. Development boards for microcontrollers cost upwards of $100 and more, and small parts often had a minimum order of 100 units.
Continue reading

Your Young Scientist Will Love Playing in This Sandbox (App)!

Opening Screen

If you’ve got a young and budding scientist like I do, you may find yourself having to hit the internet for all kinds of questions — Why is the sky blue? How does a battery work? Can we make a volcano? (Yes, that last one came as a surprise.) My problem is that while I often enjoy sitting down and investigating hows and whys with my 7-year-old, I often wish he’d do a little self-study and digging. That isn’t always easy, however, when I limit his Internet access or if we lack the book on the subject-of-the day. My son likes to discover things by himself, and while I’ve done my best to put small kits and experiments in his reach, often times I just can’t sit with him 24/7 and monitor both his safety and his progress. But a new app is helping me with this problem… Continue reading

Word Nerd: I’m a Looser.

inigo

We’re back! And with three different illustrations this week. Here’s another one of those words that a lot of people get wrong simply because spellcheck doesn’t catch it, and it’s another of those in which the mistake typically only goes one way. People often write loose when they mean lose, but I’ve never seen anyone write lose when they meant loose. Continue reading

New Kickstarter Alert — Bitsbox Teaches Kids Programming

Bitsbox

A few weeks ago my oldest son (age 7) came up to me and asked one of those questions that many parents dread — “Dad, can you teach me to program?” While I’m half-kidding, I’m also half-serous. I’m not a programmer! I have some training (mainly in college, but some self-taught) and I’m comfortable hunting down a book when I need it, but, when it comes to teaching my son, I’m really at a loss. What I’d like to do is find a way to make programming fun and interesting, but also something he can do on his own or at least with me watching over his shoulder but providing minimum assistance. Continue reading

OgoSport’s BILD + AnimateIt! Stop Motion Animation Essentials Kit

Image: OgoSport

OgoSport’s BILD + AnimateIt! Stop Motion Animation Essentials Kit brings together the #ogosport OgoBILD line of construction toys with Aardman Animation Studios’ stop motion animation software. Continue reading

Kickstarter Reminder — Ingocraft 3D Printable Construction Set

Ingocraft

Ingocraft is offering up a kit of parts that allows young makers to not only create parts that stay put, but more parts can be printed on a 3D printer… and both my boys are completely fascinated by my 3D printer and the things I print out. Add the Ingos (the name for the Ingocraft parts) to that list as well as the app that well let my sons first design on the screen and then convert their designs to real-world objects with physical parts they snap and bolt together. Continue reading

Mini Maker Faire Returns to London’s Elephant and Castle

London's Mini Maker Faire at Elephant and Castle

Next weekend (November 15th to be precise) the Mini Maker Faire returns to London’s College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, and GeekDad will be there together with DIY.org Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert — Ingocraft: An Amazing Tool for Kid Makers

Ingocraft

If you’ve got a child that has the maker bug, you’re sure to enjoy this one — a new Kickstarter called Ingocraft is offering up a two new tools that combine to give young kids an amazing opportunity to stretch their creativity skills. The Kickstarter combines both a digital tool and physical elements to encourage kids to experiment, test, and build objects.
Continue reading