Monday, October 24, 2016

Fwd: 4 new Raspberry Pi books released! Minecraft, GPIO Zero, Scratch & C!

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New Raspberry Pi Books!
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New selection of MagPi Essentials Books!

The MagPi have released a further 4 books! More details below

Hacking and Making in Minecraft

Learn to build your own virtual worlds with Minecraft: Pi Edition, the only version that actively encourages you to hack and make with Minecraft…

Minecraft is the biggest game on the planet with more than 30 million copies sold across numerous hardware platforms. Not bad for a sandbox that doesn't really have a point. The version of Minecraft available for Raspberry Pi is different. Firstly it's entirely free and secondly it comes with a powerful API, which allows you to hack and make entire virtual worlds with a few simple lines of code.

In this book you'll learn how to do some amazing things, including controlling things in the real world using the Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins, make your own mini games and just about anything else you can imagine.

Learn to hack and make with Minecraft through 13 chapters:

  • Play the game and write your first program
  • Learn how to control blocks using the API
  • Create your first mini games
  • Use the GPIO with the Python API
  • Control Minecraft with Node-RED and Sonic Pi
  • and much, much more!
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Simple Electronics with GPIO Zero

Create stunning electronics projects with your Raspberry Pi using our 100 page GPIO Zero Essentials guide.

Using the GPIO pins on your Raspberry Pi opens up a whole new world of possibilities. While it might seem daunting at first glance, with our help you'll be creating electronic circuits and controlling them with the Python programming language within minutes. Grab your breadboard and start taking control of the real world with your Raspberry Pi today!

Learn from simple electronics projects across 12 chapters:

  • Program LED lights
  • Add a push button to your project
  • Build a motion sensing alarm
  • Create your own distance rangefinder
  • Make a laser-powered tripwire
  • Build a Raspberry Pi robot
  • and much more
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Learn to Code with Scratch

Learn to code on your Raspberry Pi with the world's leading visual programming language and the team behind the official Raspberry Pi magazine…

Created by the boffins at MIT, Scratch enables children and adults without any prior knowledge to start programming within minutes. In this book, we'll help you get started and guide you step-by-step through the process of creating all sorts of projects: games, animations, quizzes, electronics circuits, and more. With our help we think you'll find that Scratch isn't just a great way to learn to code, but lots of fun too!

Learn to programme on your Raspberry Pi through 13 jam-packed chapters:

  • Mast the different block types
  • Create animations & add interactive elements
  • Build your first games and applications
  • Make and control electronic circuits
  • Understand every block
  • and much, much more!
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Learn to Code with C

Learn to program with the world's most popular language using your Raspberry Pi

The C programming language been used to program everything from the tiny microcontrollers used in watches and toasters up to huge software systems – most of Linux (and Raspbian itself) is written in it. Learn to code with C on your Raspberry Pi across 13 packed chapters:

  • Create variables & do arithmetic
  • Control the flow of your C programs
  • For loops and case statements
  • Understand and create functions
  • Work with arrays and strings
  • Interpreting user input
  • and much more
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pittsburgh and North Allegheny Water Polo Squads meet up on Sunday afternoon

City middle school water polo confab with North Allegheny Tigers on Sunday afternoon.

Fwd: Understand this chart?

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Sometimes the obvious is too confounding for most of us to grasp easily. In the video linked below Professor Stephanie Kelton graphically and elegantly explains how money actually works in the American economy and why most of what people believe is simply wrong. So set aside some time for this presentation, it is something every American taxpayer and voter should see and understand.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Water Polo is happening at MACS

Love the energy and improvements with the water polo. Next, I am excited to take the squads to the next level and really COMPETE. Those lessons open up new chapters to learning, discovery and understanding in how to play well with others. Games are scheduled in the days and weeks to come.

Fwd: [Blog] 3000 Malaysian School Children Learn LiveCode

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Great results for primary kids in National Coding competition
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3000 Malaysian School Children Learn Programming With LiveCode

Fadillah Iskandar is the lead trainer and content developer for the Coding@Schools program, a government funded initiative aimed at introducing primary school children in Malaysia into the world of computing and programming. She reports on the results of a national coding competition in Malaysia, where 1000 primary schoolchildren entered apps created with LiveCode. 

The month leading up the National Code Challenge in Malaysia was extremely hectic but extremely rewarding and I am overjoyed with the way the event went....
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