Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids
I have to start off saying that this review is really for my husband and daughter because I seem to lack the geek gene. Now, the nerd or dork gene is present but geek gene seems pretty farfetched. I can put together couches and Ikea furniture with their lack of instructions like no one’s business, but my one failed attempt (ok, so I did get a B) at computer programming course in college was so infuriating, I swore it off completely. Some people like to press and mess with numbers and buttons and make computers talk, but give me an old fashioned pen and paper and I will do my calculations the long way. Thank you. However, I secretly WISH I was a geek. I hate calling our IT department because I ‘broke’ my computer again. For those who love the British comedy ‘The IT Crowd’, I would be one of the idiots on the top floors that Moss would tell to turn on and off their computer. See, it works every time! Now… on to my geek review. Yes, I am quite proud I read and understood and watch in fascination that these seriously geeky instructions work by the author, who is a former high school teacher. I am also equally proud I have a geeky husband who can rub off his geekiness on our daughter. Go, Bob! Oh, the Marshmallow Muzzleloader is a fan fav!
Table of Contents
Part 1: Kid Stuff
Project 1: Lock-n-Latch Treasure Chest
Project 2: Switchbox: A Soldering Project for Greenhorns
Project 3: The Sock Squid
Project 4: The PVC Teepee
Project 5: Cheap Mesh Screen Printing
Project 6: Shut-the-Box: A Pirate Dicing Game
Project 7: The Ticklebox: Jolt Your Friends!
Project 8: Small-board Go/Tafl
Part 2: The Electro-Skiffle Band
Project 9: X-Ray Talking Drums
Project 10: Thunderdrums
Project 11: Electro-Didgeridoo
Project 12: The Dirt-Cheap Amplifier
Project 13: The $10 Electric Guitar
Project 14: Dirt-Cheap Boutique Effects: The Spring Reverb
Project 15: Dirt-Cheap Boutique Effects: The Blinkie Tremelo
Project 16: Dirt-Cheap Boutique Effects: The Two-Transistor Fuzztone
Project 17: Cigar-Box Synthesizer
Part 3: Locomotivated
Project 18: Cardboard Boomerangs
Project 19: Pop Can Flier
Project 20: Quick-n-Easy Water Rockets
Project 21: Putt-putt Steamboat
Project 22: Jitterbug: Your First Robot
Project 23: FedEx Kites
Project 24: Marshmallow Muzzleloader
Appendix: Electronics and Soldering
About No Starch Press: ‘The Finest in Geek Entertainment’ This San Francisco, CA Company takes geekery to a whole new level. Founded in 1994 by William Pollock a publisher who over 20 years experience in the industry, you may recognize some of their best selling books like Steal This Computer or Book, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation. Geeks everywhere Unite!
Check it out! No Starch Press is coming out with the super geeky programming book for kids called Super Scratch Programming Adventure! In the book, kids learn computer programming fundamentals and create their own playable video games using Scratch, which is a ‘drag-and-drop’ programming language that was developed at MIT.
Special Note! Happy Birthday to my little sister who taught me the goodness of Star Trek and Sailor Moon many moons ago. Enjoy the last year of your 20s!
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