1. Project of the DayScratchJr, an introductory programming language for young children.

    We think the project’s creator Mitchel Resnick said it best: “Coding (or computer programming) is a new type of literacy. Just as writing helps you organize your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. But we think coding should be for everyone, just like writing.”

  2. The beauty of Kickstarter is that it’s not only a pre-order channel - it’s a creative process for both project creator and backers. Talk to your backers. Understand what they are looking to get. Take them on a journey.

    —Linda Liukas, creator of Hello Ruby, on how to think about and organize your Kickstarter project. The full text is over at her blog, and it’s well worth a read! 

  3. When powers combine.

    Two Kickstarter projects, one mission — the definition of synergy. Anyone else seen amazing Kickstarter collaborations like this? 


    I recently reprogrammed the MaKeyMaKey to control Roy the Robot’s hand, which just meant turning 6 of the input pins on MaKeyMaKey into 6 output pins, and using the Arduino Servo library to control them (my fork of the firmware is here).

    I also heard about a MaKeyMaKey contest on UncommonGoods & put together this video to demo the hand.

    Unfortunately, the servos weren’t strong enough to play the piano :(

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