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Quick Start Tutorial: Kids Can Use App Inventor to Build Android Apps!

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Kids can write their own applications for their android devices. How you might ask? With the free App Inventor development environment from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The wonderful thing about App Inventor is that it lets you see the results of each step of coding immediately, so you never get bored. This is

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Quick Start Tutorial: Soldering Electronic Kits With Your Tween Child


Between the ages of 7 to 10, the only thing my son ever wanted for birthdays, Christmas and all gifting occasions was LEGOs, LEGOs & more LEGOs. I think we own stock in LEGO. From 10 to 12 he was into guns (NERF & Airsoft), as well as bows & arrows, but these

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Quick Start Tutorial: Google SketchUp


Google SketchUp is a fabulous 3D Modeling tool to introduce to your kids. SketchUp is a tool your child could use throughout their school and college career, on into the adult workforce and life. It is versatile & powerful, so it can be used for a myriad of purposes. You can even model things for

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Quick Start Tutorial : FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Coaching


My intentions with this tutorial is to provide a first time FLL coach with a brief, but solid guide for getting started. It will point you to the best web resources I know, as well as provide knowledge I have gained along my coaching journey. I have coached a FLL team for 3 years, as

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Quick Start Tutorial: LEGO Mindstorms NXT

The LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics kit is a wonderful way for kids ages 8 – 100+ to build and program robots. Follow these steps, in order, to teach your kids about LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics, using free online resources:

LEGO Mindstorms NXT: A Brief Introduction & Tutorial Part 1 is an 8 minute YouTube tutorial

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Quick Start Tutorial: Scratch Programming


Scratch is a free graphical, drag and drop style, programming language for elementary & middle school kids, ages 7 -12. It is developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). It is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the concepts of computer programming! Learn about Scratch by taking these Scratch Tours, which

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