Have You Been Nerdy Or Nice?

Have you been Nerdy or Nice?… I hope you have been a bit of both, but if you have been lacking in the nerdy department, I have some suggestions for you!

Below is a list (that I have checked twice) that will help you find your inner Nerd!  Please keep in mind that this is not a definitive list and if you find other items, please leave a comment with your suggestion.


1.  GoldieBlox










2.  LittleBits – Snap Your Ideas To Life





3.  MakeyMakey – An Invention Kit for Everyone






4.  Arduino








5.  Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi









6.  Lego Mindstorms









7.  Ollie – The app-controlled robot driven by adrenaline.








8.  Sphero – The app-controlled ball that does it all.








9.  Cricut 












10.  Kano









11.  Sewing Machines








12.  Play-i Robot – Bo and Yana will help your child learn to program.


Magazines and Books

1.  Make Magazine


2.  The Art of Tinkering

the art of tinkering












3.  Maker Dad

maker dad











4.  Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation

 Making Makers



Hopscotch – A great iPad app that is free and teaches the basics of coding with a very user friendly interface.

Game Press

Game Press – Free – Create and design your own video game. 


CargoBot – Another free app that is extremely fun to play.  My daughter and I lost some serious time figuring out some of the challenges posed by this app.  I saw her wheels turing (and smoke coming out of her ears at times) when faced with a challenge.


Codea – CargoBot was completely created using this app.  Who said creation and creativity dies on an iPad?


Kodable Pro

Kodable – This app is intended for children of 5 years old and up.  It is a great introduction to programming.  A first step before hopping on over to Hopscotch.  It teaches programing, sequencing, loops and functions.


Daisy The Dinosaur – Like Kodable but with a Dinosaur and it is free.


AppCraft – Another app maker similar to Codea but this is free.

Amazing Alex

Amazing Alex – Rube Goldberg for your iPad.  This is a free app until you complete all of the challenges then you would need to shell out a buck to keep on playing.

Thanks for reading and as always, please post a comment, question or suggestion!

Or better yet, stop in Nerdvana to see what is going on in the Middle School.

Thank you!

Tom Mussoline




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2 thoughts on “Have You Been Nerdy Or Nice?

  1. msbongiorno November 24, 2014 at 11:55 am Reply

    Great post, Tom! I’m planning on getting Nicholas a few of these for Christmas. When we went to the Maker Faire he wanted just about everything there.

    • Tom Mussoline November 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm Reply

      Thank you! I am pretty sure Nicholas would love Makey Makey and littlest.

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