If you’ve got a ‘Minecraft’ fan or a young programmer under your roof or are maybe teaching some tech camps this summer, you’ll want to take a look at these two now-released titles.Continue Reading
What if you’ve never stepped foot in a computer science class, but you want your child to know how to code? It can be difficult to pass along information you don’t have yourself. Luckily, No Starch has published a set of Scratch Coding Cards to help anyone get started with MIT’s coding site.Continue Reading
Genius book from LEGO and animation experts teaches even total newbs to animate.Continue Reading
I’ve reviewed a bunch of Scratch books for GeekDad over the years, and these books are always displayed on a table during my summer camps for kids. And for Summer 2017, I’m going to be able to add another powerful Scratch book to the mix–No Starch’s ‘Scratch Programming Playground’ by Al Sweigart.Continue Reading
Christmas might not be “just around the corner,” but it is on the horizon. In preparation, No Starch Press is thrilling readers with it’s new release, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book.Continue Reading
There is nothing better for creativity than a healthy dose of inspiration. In that vein, I’ve been searching for inspiration for my LEGO creations. The most recent addition to my collection is ‘Tiny LEGO Wonders’ from No Starch Press.Continue Reading
Our friends at No Starch Press are doing something a little different with their latest offering–‘The CS Detective.’ The first half of this novel by Jeremy Kubica will be serialized as free downloadables.Continue Reading
‘Learn to Program with Minecraft’ does a great job of using a well-loved game to make learning to program enjoyable and rewarding.Continue Reading
One of the nicest parts of Scratch is its social component: kids can tell other kids what they liked about their projects.Continue Reading
A roundup of some fantastic recent art/photo books that will feel at home on any geek’s coffee table.Continue Reading
This past weekend Seattle was overwhelmed with visitors attending PAX Prime 2015. As always there were tons of crowds, lots of lights and sounds, tons of video and tabletop games, a smattering of cosplay, and plenty of fun.Continue Reading
I spend entirely too much time using LEGO bricks to funnel my creative energy. Recently, I started to feel like I’d reached the limits of my pieces. Of course, this made me want to go on a shopping spree. What can be better than buying a few thousand bricks? Luckily, a copy of ‘Beautiful LEGO Wild!’ found its way onto my desk.Continue Reading
Explore the history and function of classic architectural styles with ‘The LEGO Architect’ by Tom Alphin.Continue Reading
GeekMom and resident FIRST Lego League coach, Maryann, takes you on a tour of ‘The Art of Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming.’Continue Reading
No Starch Press, publishers of many great geek books, has a new book coming out that I am super excited about–‘Medieval LEGO’. GeekDad was lucky enough to have been given access to several exclusive spreads from the book.Continue Reading
Sometimes the timing of a new book release just seems magical. I’ve got a collection of tech camps that I’ll be teaching this summer, including a Beginning Game Programming camp for ages 8 to 13. I’ve got a lot of the curriculum already selected, but I’ve been specifically looking for a kid-friendly book on Python that doesn’t talk down to kids AND provides a logical and well-organized attack on programming theory that follows the handful of programming courses I took years ago. For some time now, my search hasn’t been going so well… there are some great Python books out there, but for one reason or another I just haven’t found a solid match.
When a press release for ‘Teach Your Kids To Code’ by Bryson Payne landed in my Inbox, I pounced.
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?
Imagination abounds in this impressive collection of steampunk Lego creations.Continue Reading
Dakster explores the world of learning calculus and statistics with manga!Continue Reading
Survive Inside the Human Body is a 3-part series of books that teaches the ins and outs of the human body in a fun manga style format.Continue Reading
I’ll give Seok-Young Song and illustrator Hyun-Dong Han credit for choosing the first book in the Survive Inside The Human Body manga trilogy to be the one that covers the digestive system. What kid (of suitable age) isn’t going to enjoy a book that tackles so many of what are typically considered the “gross” subjects — stomach acid, intestines, flatulence, eructation (look it up), and yes… poop. Nothing is left to the imagination — you’ve got excellent coverage of sphincters, hook worms, and feces… everything a kid (or adult) would want to know about the digestive system.Continue Reading
If you’re looking to save some money on print books or ebooks, you’re in luck today! There are two specials going on — one from O’Reilly and the other from No Starch.Continue Reading
I won’t go so far as to say this book might have made a difference in my chemistry grade back when. And I’m certain it would not have swayed me to consider any kind of career that involved chemistry. But …Continue Reading
I started learning programming in eighth grade. It was on my school’s first Apple II and the program that most sticks in my head was a short BASIC routine that had a small square bouncing around and off the edges …Continue Reading
The Manga Guide to Biochemistry offers a fun and nontraditional route to knowledge of the molecules and processes of life. If you want to learn about biochemistry and you’re a fan of manga, comics, or stories, or you simply don’t …Continue Reading