cubscouts · kids

Pack Meeting: Paper Airplane Bonanza

Part of a new sub-series on the blogger brothers – cub scout pack ideas.  Tagged “cubscouts”. Intent A fun pack meeting. Setup The Paper Airplane Bonanza is a pack meeting where the kids build paper airplanes, then attempt to accrue points by landing their planes into targets.  The setup for this can be as involved as… Continue reading Pack Meeting: Paper Airplane Bonanza

cubscouts · kids

Pack Meeting: Snowball Fight with Recycled Paper

Part of a new sub-series on the blogger brothers – cub scout pack ideas.  Tagged “cubscouts”. Intent My belief:  Pack meetings should be fun.  The den meetings are where all the work is done, so, when the boys get together as one big group, its great for the kids to get to do something unique.… Continue reading Pack Meeting: Snowball Fight with Recycled Paper

Games · kids · programming · Websites

Vim-Adventures.com – a game for VIM Basics

https://vim-adventures.com This is a beautifully done website that makes learning vim into an adventure game.  Its fun, and kids will do it without realizing VIM is the end goal. I’m believe learning from multiple angles/professors/sources is the best path to success.  So, lets add this site to the mix, and see if it takes kids… Continue reading Vim-Adventures.com – a game for VIM Basics

kids · lessons · programming · python

Lessons on PI – Lesson 3 (cont.): A little programming…

The conditional… or “IF” statement Programs that count really fast or create MADLIBs are a ton of fun, but part of encoding knowledge is the ability to make decisions in code.  To do that we need something that will allow the code to take two different paths… the “if” statement. The if statement checks a value… Continue reading Lessons on PI – Lesson 3 (cont.): A little programming…

kids · lessons · programming · python · raspberry pi

Lessons on PI – Lesson 2(cont.) A little programming…

What is programming? Programming is the process of recording knowledge or tasks into code.  Code like Python, or Javascript is a bridge “language” that allows humans to write their intent into formulas that a computer can then use like a recipe for action. Computers don’t get bored… In the previous lesson we used git to get some… Continue reading Lessons on PI – Lesson 2(cont.) A little programming…

kids · lessons · raspberry pi

Raspberry PI Foundation Curriculum – Great Structure! Achievable Milestones!

The Raspberry PI Foundation just released a neat way of structuring goals for a class.  In addition they’ve provided a way to segment interests among the students which reflects the latest thinking in personality types. Check it out: https://www.raspberrypi.org/curriculum/ For our class – I’ll have the students pick off the first level of each area… Continue reading Raspberry PI Foundation Curriculum – Great Structure! Achievable Milestones!

Electronics · kids · lessons · python · raspberry pi

Lessons on PI – Lesson 4: The Sense Hat (and a little VIM)

The Sense Hat What’s a hat? Hats are the term that the Raspberry PI community uses to identify bits of hardware that are made to plug into the Raspberry Pi’s GPIOs (General Purpose IO) – that row of pins along one side of your pi.  There are lots of these out there to make interacting with… Continue reading Lessons on PI – Lesson 4: The Sense Hat (and a little VIM)