Unboxing – Makey Makey

The Makey Makey is “An Invention Kit for Everyone!”. More specifically it is a device that lets you interact with the computer. Basically you can use the device, your knowledge of science and a wide variety of house-hold items to create a keyboard and/or mouse for your computer. Youtube shows many cool examples of the Makey Makey in action such as banana pianos, screaming carrots and a do-it-yourself operation game. Continue reading “Unboxing – Makey Makey”

Scratch (Web Version) – Hello World!

Scratch is a graphics-based programming language designed by MIT. I’ve used it many times with grade 9 and 10 students with great success. I’ve never planned an entire programming course on Scratch BUT I think a unit of study on Scratch is great exposure to programming fundamentals for students. It helps ease them into the start reality of lines of code, syntax problems and run-time errors. Continue reading “Scratch (Web Version) – Hello World!”

Unboxing Arduino

The Arudino is a microcontroller for creating one’s own electronics and interfacing project. It’s got a huge following of users online, hobbyists and teachers are using it to help learn about electronics, engineering and programming. The version I’ve purchased is an Arduino Uno Rev3. There are multiple versions with different form factors and sizes out there. Continue reading “Unboxing Arduino”