Thursday, 27 April 2017

Samuel Morse is famous in the tech world for his contributions to communication. He was an inventor of both the electric telegraph - a way to communicate over long distances and Morse Code, a language he co-invented for communicating over the electric telegraph.

Samuel Morse was born on April 27th 1791 in Boston, Massachusetts in the US. Morse was also a recognised painter who earned money painting portraits of people.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

We've put together a list of kid-friendly YouTube channels on STEM and STEAM topics: science, technology, engineering, arts and design, maths, robotics, coding, digital making, logical thinking ...

Have you got a child who wants to watch endless inane nonsense on YouTube? Then this post is for you. OK, it's for me. But I thought I'd share it. I've tried it and said child still sits glued to the content even if it's actually informative. Who knew?

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tech Age Kids wins UK Blog Awards

Wow. Tech Age Kids won the Digital and Technology individual category at the UK Blog Awards. I headed to London for the awards evening and met some lovely people.

Image Credit: Thanks to @MrsHumanities for taking this photo and sharing it. (We also had a lovely chat about education and the role of technology and data.)

PiPlay portable is a Build-it-Yourself games console based around a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

We don't regularly review fiction books, but I've just read the Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart to my children and it's fantastic. The books feature four children with unusual skills who are brought together to prevent a catastrophe.

I came across the series because it features logic puzzles that the children must solve.  In fact there's an accompanying puzzle book that we've also been working through. Logical thinking is an important skills for modern kids.

We're publishing this post on World Book and Copyright Day in the US (yes, World Book day is on different dates in different countries!) and World Book Night in the UK.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

KUMIITA is a programmable robot toy from Japan. It reads commands as it drives over brightly coloured cards. 

We've used BlocksCAD to code a Tower of Hanoi puzzle that can be printed and played with. This project brings together three of our favourite things: coding, 3D printing and logic puzzles. Oh and maths too, there's lots of neat maths.

This is good project for children and families who are just getting started with 3D printing. It's also good for developing logical thinking skills and using maths for something useful and interesting.