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.

Hardware/Software/Toys

1.  GoldieBlox

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2.  LittleBits – Snap Your Ideas To Life

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3.  MakeyMakey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

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4.  Arduino

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5.  Raspberry Pi

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6.  Lego Mindstorms

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

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

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9.  Cricut 

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10.  Kano

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11.  Sewing Machines

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

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Magazines and Books

1.  Make Magazine

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2.  The Art of Tinkering

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3.  Maker Dad

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

 Making Makers

Apps

Hopscotch

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

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

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

Kodable

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.

DaisyTheDinosaur

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

AppCraft

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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