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This Lust-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers | Wired Design | Wired.com

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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:57:55 +0000

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Industrial design, and cohesive instructions go a long way towards making technology affordable. While my kids aren’t yet old enough to dig into this (I Think)

I can’t wait to see iterations down the road. 99 dollars for a sleek well designed case.

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Teach Coding!

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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:24:54 +0000

Teach Coding!

, is how to code. From the bright minds and talented filmakers at Code.org, this video sheds light on some of the best and worst kept secrets of empowering kids today.

I remember my first coding class. Actually I started trying to learn how to code by reading my dad’s basic books for the Commodore 64. But i never got too far. “Hello World” and some ping pong action. But it opened my eyes.

; draws a square with sides 100 units long

FORWARD 100

LEFT 90

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It all started to click when i took a seriously awesome class in coding in 6th grade with Logo, and   I made that turtle DANCE, and I’ve never felt more in control of myself. It gave me strength to do things i never thought i could do. And looking back on that start of things it was practice in the breaking down of problems into steps. And that behind the scenes of any piece of computer art there was a logical set of steps for how to get there. Things suddenly had an endgame!

After that I took a Class in Hyper-card… and never looked back. Now my biggest challenge is finding a way to make the turtles dance for my kids. And introducing them to these concepts as quickly as possible.

So how did you get your start? Did you ever take a class in coding? Or do you still want to? What has coding done for you?

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Lightning McQueen Go Kart

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Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:30:44 +0000

Lightning McQueen Go Kart

Evan is a 5-year-old with an aging ride. His whip is the Lightning McQueen powerwheel. My own kid wanted one of these so bad, but he’s also extremely tall for his age and doesn’t fit in the seat so well. But Evan’s dad is a bit more handy than I am, and solved one fo the more pressing problems… POWER

You see, a powerwheel has a top speed of a dead slug, and only has enough torque to move a 30 pound kid. Heavier kid? Wheel spin, and as any good drag fan knows wheel spin means you’re slow off the line and someone else is riding home with your car.

Evan’s dad pulled the tires, the battery, the drive system, the pedals and hell even welded a new frame, and a diamond plate floor into this car. Threw a helmet on his kid and let it ride! This thing is now an off road beast! Coolest dad of the week award goes to… This guy

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