Our theme this month is an important one: children as makers.
It has roots that go back as far as Pestalozzi and Piaget, and it is getting new legs in main-stream society thanks to the Tim O'Reilly Media's Maker Movement. The basic concept is important for Computer Explorers to understand, because it helps us focus on the process rather than the product, and it reminds us all that a band saw, soldering gun and screw driver also count as programming mechanisms. All three played an important role in creation where the first Apple computer was made. The lesson for us is clear -- if you give a bright, motivated child the right tools, you'll never know the places they might go.
On the cover of this month's issue of CTR, I put up another interesting "Maker" device -- the first sub-$2000 3D printer. It works like a computer guided hot glue gun, and it works with cheap plastic and open source software. I've also created a video of one in action.
http://youtu.be/sqorBvxNfXQ And while you're on the YouTube, here's more proof that the computer world is shifting away from QWERTY keyboards. The new One Laptop per Child XO 3, which is no longer a laptop. Learn more, here http://youtu.be/Bk5Q4HwJ0c0 Happy very early spring!
Warren Buckleitner, PhD, Editor
Children's Technology Review
The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
If you haven’t visited www.Seussville.com, check out its games and activities for children of all ages. It offers the following tips on reading with your child:
While you are there, sign up for The Seussville News A free monthly E-mail Newsletter that includes news about upcoming books, contests, games, activities, and more.
If you are going to be anywhere near Springfield Massachusetts, plan a trip to the Dr.Suess National Memorial Garden at the Springfield Museums.