One of my favorite things about the micro:bit is that it comes with several sensors right on the board that can be used without any additional hardware. However, if you’re just starting out with a micro:bit, it can be a little challenging to know exactly how to use them all. In this post, I’ll be … Read more Micro:bit – Simple Compass
In my previous post, I discussed how I cleaned out and restored my old TI-85 Graphing Calculator after finding corroded batteries inside. After finally getting it to turn on, I immediately started reliving my high school experience. It was honestly kind of surprising how quickly my memories came back to me. Despite not using the … Read more Programming a TI-85 Graphing Calculator – Revisting the 1990’s TI-BASIC
This year at the R Studio conference, I heard an excellent presentation from Mary Rudis on teaching statistics with R at community colleges. (I don’t teach at that level, but enjoy learning more about education techniques.) She mentioned in her talk that many students get their start in stats programming using graphing calculators. This comment … Read more TI-85 vs Potassium Carbonate: A Cautionary Tale
Creating a paper circuit in a card is a very fun project that teaches kids some basics about electronics and makes a fun gift. I have designed a Valentine card with a simple circuit design that you can download and craft. To create the card, you’ll need an LED light, conductive copper tape (the guideline … Read more Introduction to Paper Circuits with an LED Valentine’s Card
In my previous post, I discussed an issue in Scratch relating to Nested If statements. I think that by limiting the If statement to only one conditional (an If condition or an Else condition), the concept of multi-conditional statements has been made more difficult that it should be. I believe that Nested If statements are … Read more Additional Examples of Nested If Statements
I love using Scratch to teach children and others about coding. By using blocks instead of syntax, it has simplified coding to make it accessible even for very young children. I love that it has eliminated the need to learn some of the more difficult aspects of coding such as where curly brackets and parenthesis … Read more Nested If and Variable If Statements in Scratch
One of the easiest ways to use your Makey Makey is to hook up a simple gaming keypad with the included alligator clips. The six alligator clip spaces on the Makey Makey can replicate the 4 arrow keys on the keyboard, the space bar, and a mouse click. Any object that can conduct a small … Read more First Projects with the Makey Makey: The Fruit Keyboard.
Hello and thank you for visiting this new site! I decided to start this site after watching an excellent keynote at the 2019 RStudio Conference by David Robinson. He described the huge benefits of documenting what you are learning on twitter, blogs, videos, and even books. (The video is available for anyone interested.) Writing about … Read more Welcome to Circuits and Code