April 2018 Learn More Links
Image by Taylor Studios on Flickr
Articles about new emoji
Proposal for the llama emoji
Llama emoji entry on Emojipedia
Unicode submission form for new emojis
Smart cards in general
The major company that worked with TriMet
An article about local activists who are worried that the HOP card might hurt low income riders
Autonomous Driving in Today’s Cars
Articles about robofrog
Video of robofrog
New York Times article about frogs’ songs
Article from Discover Magazine: “4 Robots that are Saving the World
Introduction to Regular Expressions
Regex Crossword, a crossword puzzle with regular expressions
The regular expression game
Article about the importance of Regular Expressions
Video tutorial about regular expressions
Sphero in Literature Class
Richard Perry’s youtube channel
Robotics in English Class
Sphero in the Classroom
Pygame (or Godot)
Clarissa’s PyGame Tutorials
The main PyGame website
The PyGame documentation
A free online book that teaches Python and PyGame
Forum discussion about developing Unity of Command in Python
A library to make OpenGL usable and easy in Python
How to Solve Rubik’s Cube
Online Rubik’s Cube
How to Solve a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube by Noah Richardson (Video)
Rubik’s Cube 3×3 Storytelling Method by Josh Neufeld (Video)
Rubik’s Cube Beginner’s Guide (with pictures)
5 Simple Moves to Easily solve the Rubik’s Cube — 15 Video Tutorial
How big is 43 quintillion?
Rubik’s Cube World Records
Official Google Expeditions ads
How-to video about leading expeditions with students
Make your own google cardboard headset
Review of Google Expeditions
Google talks about virtual reality and education
Navajo Code Talkers
Wikipedia: Code Talker
National Museum of the American Indian — Code Talking
CIA.gov: “Navajo Code Talkers and the Unbreakable Code”
Navajo People: Navajo Code Talker (with Video interviews with actual Code Talkers!)
National Archives: “Semper Fidelis, Code Talkers”
Scratch Boids and AI
The original boids paper
The presentation of boids from the article
A cool explanation of vector operations
Clarissa’s implementation of boids
Try playing with the parameters!
Awesome Summer Camps to Consider
Girls Who Code
Engineering for Kids
JoAnn Fabrics Sewing Camps
Finding summer camps
101 questions to ask when finding a summer camp
Technology summer camps
How to install Minecraft Mods
Twenty best Minecraft Mods
Coding Minecraft Mods
Clojure (or Common Lisp)
Getting started writing games in Clojure
DIY Echo Home Speaker
Mycroft Official Website
Mycroft Community Forums
Hackster.io: “Hey Mycroft, Where Is the International Space Station?”
Digital Trends: “Finally, an A.I. voice assistant that doesn’t collect and monetize your data” (Mycroft Mark 2)
Creating a Jigsaw Puzzle
SketchUp Official Website
SketchUp Free Web-based App
Laser Burglar Alarm
Micro:Bit Official Website
Where to get a Micro:Bit
Mu Python Editor
Wikipedia: Photoresistor (Light Dependent Resistor)
TechnologyStudent.com: Light Dependent Resistors
Kinesthetic Computer Science
About kinesthetic learning
16 characteristics of kinesthetic and tactile learners
Engaging students in STEM
Also In The April 2018 Issue
Who chooses new emojis? And what’s coming in the next batch?
Build your own voice-controlled digital assistant with a Raspberry Pi and an analog speaker.
Using Scratch and some simple vector math, create your own Boids algorithm to simulate the flight of birds.
6 hands-on STEM camps and clubs to join this summer.
Activities that get kids up and moving can help them learn science and technology.
With these new high-tech cards, public transit is easier than ever.
Slice digital photos into pieces and have fun pasting them back together.
Meet the cute little bot that’s helping scientists understand the courtship of frogs.
Dive into the nitty-gritty of game-making with this popular Python library.
A quick introduction to one of the world’s most fascinating puzzle toys.
Cheap new VR technology lets students take field trips around the world!
Learn about the Native soldiers and the creative cypher code that helped win WWII.
Our cars aren’t quite driving themselves, but they can help us park and avoid collisions.
Make your games even more exciting with custom user-created content!
Protect your home with micro:bit!
A clever teacher uses our favourite round robot to bring books to life.
Learn how to search through blobs of text with speed, accuracy, and elegance… like a ninja!
A language from the Lisp family with simple syntax and a new approach to writing code.
Links from the bottom of all the April 2018 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.
Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for April 2018.