There is a new and fantastic cluster of ESP32 boards that have hit the market. This is just one of them. They are WifiCameras that just work. I’ve been tinkering with cameras for a long time – using them for dog detection, facial recognition, even Nerf Battle Turrets. Before now many of those projects were… Continue reading ESP32 Cameras! Incredible power for teaching.
The Sleepy Fairy… a low power circuit using a Mosfet Trick. Before we begin… the Story. The story is important, it holds ALL the magic… the circuit just seals the deal. While holding the canister up: Now this… Look closely. Many years ago, I was walking through the woods. It was a warm and pleasant… Continue reading The Sleepy Fairy – A simple project to create Fairy Magic.
(The Penguin is the Linux Mascot) Some background… Linux was built in a time in which a computer must be shared. They were far too expensive to have one per user. Additionally, each of those computer users needed a mechanism in which they don’t have to worry about what others on the machine were up… Continue reading Create accounts on a Raspberry PI -or- sharing a pi with your siblings.
There are lots of ways to get audio out of your little Raspberry PI. The first, and easiest way to get started playing MP3 Files is this: omxplayer The PI Foundation Way The Raspberry PI foundation wrote up a little article to it here. I wont repeat their advice, so if you want to just… Continue reading Lessons on PI 6: Playing Audio on a Raspberry PI
Computers that speak… There is something magical about making a computer speak. I remember just getting started with them and my friends and I would attempt to convince the computer to say all manner of, ahem, interesting things. None the less. Getting early starters in on the fun is a great way to keep them interested.… Continue reading Lessons on PI: Lesson 5 Make your PI Speak!
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
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
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
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…