It’s been a while, again. Like the proverbial shoemaker’s child, this site gets little time or energy from me these days. Which is too bad because I’m doing some fun and interesting things I really should share. I’m going to try harder, honest.
I’ve been hard at work in other places and spaces. This year I’m teaching computer science again for grades k-8. The program has doubled from last year, and the kids really keep me on my toes. In the picture accompanying this post I’m teaching color block programming with my second graders, who really enjoyed hopping versus typing!
If you’re interested in teaching computer science concepts to children ages 5-9 and would like the lesson plan for this class leave a comment for me!
Want to get your child interested in computer aided drafting or 3D printing? Share this great LEGO video with them! If they’re ready to go after that, I recommend downloading SketchUp (free download) and let their imagination run wild!
As a self taught coder I’m always looking to polish up my skills, so I’ve signed up for Code Year, a service supported by Y Combinator, TechStars, Girl Develop It and Hack NY. They send a free weekly interactive lesson in coding via email which promises to have you up and coding quickly.
I may or may not chronicle it here, as I obviously already use this site for coding goodness (ok, mostly testing WordPress hacks and new plugins) but I want to spread the word about this project. Increasingly I re-quote Douglas Rushkoff to prospective clients and friends – learn to program or be programmed. As with making things that matter, I believe the more you know the more employable and happy you are.
I haven’t been able to stop talking about this offline and want a marker to point people towards. Listen as surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could completely disrupt the medical industry – using a 3D printer with living cells to create a kidney that could replace a damaged or diseased one.