Friday, 26 May 2017

There are tons of options for Minecraft coding and modding. You might want to tap in to your child's interest in Minecraft to encourage them to develop useful coding skills or they may have told you that they want to 'create a mod'. This guide goes through the main options, what you can do with them and who they are suitable for.

We'll start with the simpler options and work up to the more hardcore options for dedicated tweens and teens. It's hard to learn Minecraft coding and modding on your own. Kids are likely to need some support in the form or a book, course or products and there are some excellent options. There are lots of videos on YouTube too but they are often out of date because there have been a lot of changes to Minecraft and it can be hard to find the good stuff.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

It's because of William Gilbert that electricity got its name and he produced some of the first work that explained magnetism and electricity. Pretty impressive stuff, especially when you consider that he carried out his work during Elizabethan times. Gilbert was born on May 24th 1544 in Colchester, England.

William Gilbert should be much better known than he is. His contribution was highly significant, both in his specific insights into magnetism and electricity (tech fundamentals) and in his influence on the scientific method which enabled so many other discoveries to be made.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Every year we bring out a list of Online / Virtual STEM, Coding and Tech Summer Camps to keep kids busy in the summer. There are a growing number of local tech camps available to attend, but not everyone has access to one in their local area. Taking part in an online camp means you can do it from home and dip in and out in-between holidays and other activities.

New entries in our list include JAM by and DIY Science Camp, by Start with a Book. There are new themes and courses for all the others for 2017, so do scroll down and check them out!

Some camps are completely free such as, Start with a Book and Camp Wonderopolis, others carry a charge, like Brain Chase and JAM, others offer some free content such as Tech Rocket and Connected Camps. We've included prices, age ranges and start dates for the Summer Camps of 2017.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

We are delighted to share a new book Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark here on Tech Age Kids.

We've previously reviewed Laurie's story about Ada Lovelace in Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine and absolutely loved it.

This new book is just as compelling and we invite you to take a closer look.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Amazon have announced a new range of tablets including the Fire 7 for Kids and the Fire 8 for Kids. Amazon have upped the spec without increasing the price and added a Fire 8 bundle for kids.

The new models are available to pre-order (US | UK) now with a release date of June 7th (US and UK.)

There's a launch promotion which gets you 20% off three of the new devices (including the kids bundles) which is handy for families with multiple kids.

My kids, aged 6 and 8 are still very much into bedtime stories. Our choice of books has changed the older they get and I particularly like choosing topics that would spark conversations or introduce new topics.

We love stories about space and rockets and astronauts and this new book, The Story of Space, by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams is not a disappointment. Being a bit older, they were able to read it themselves and loved the girl and boy on every page telling the story of space.

Disclaimer: Quarto Publishing House sent us a copy of The Story of Space by Catherine Barr (Author), Steve Williams (Author), Amy Husband (Illustrator).