5 Introductory Tools to Programming

Have you been toying with the idea of learning how to program but don’t know how to get started?  Check out these introductory tools to help you begin to think like a programmer.  Figure out how a computer works, instruct computers to performs tasks, create your first game, and more. 

ScratchOne of the easiest ways to get started with programming is to remix someone else’s already existing program. Remix a project using this free programming language called Scratch. You can build games, animations, music videos, and more.

Minecraft: Use blocks to build just about anything you can imagine in a virtual world. Discover engineering concepts, architecture, mathematics, as well as critical thinking skills and teamwork.

Develop a Game: Get started on building out the code, artwork, and music for a video game. These tools will help you build an interactive experience.

Remix a Website: Never seen the insides of a website? Use Hackasaurus to hack your favorite website to have it look and do whatever you want.

Run a Node.js Server: With Node.js, you can mimic the back and forth request/response your browser sends to servers when you visit a website. Set up your first development environment.

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The Kid Entrepreneur

Four months ago Ogel posted a handmade cardboard display for his patches and solved an Entrepreneur challenge in the process.

The response from the community was overwhelming – every one wanted a patch display, too. Sensing an opportunity,  Ogel made a plan to design and produce the displays to sell in the DIY Market.

During two months of development, Ogel iterated the design so the displays could tile infinitely, and he found a local shop that would laser cut the cardboard for him.

We’re happy to share that Ogel’s invention is now the top-selling product in the DIY Market! It’s available for $10.

Help your kid unleash their big ideals to the world by encouraging them to try the Entrepreneur skill.

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The DIY Team spent this past weekend at the Berkeley Art Museum hacking sounds using MaKey MaKeys and Quartz Composer. Kids used construction paper and tin foil to create their own one of a kind musical pad/keyboard and one kid even managed to create a track using his face. Make your own weird sounds and become a Hardware Hacker.

1 month ago 94 notes

Stories from DIYers

We’ve been doing some research over at the DIY HQ, asking DIYers “What has DIY done for you?” The responses have been extremely insightful and we’re thrilled to see how our community has grown over this past year. Check out these wonderful stories on how users are discovering their passions and exploring new topics through the site.

"DIY is the best thing ever created. I’ve met friends, and made awesome projects. It gives me things to during the summer and weekends, and I make things I’ve never thought of before. In a summary, DIY is awesome." - Mustache Gal

"I am able to express myself in a way that I used to be too shy to do in person, and it’s a badge of honor to do these things. " - Evil Ladybug

"I’ve always loved being creative and making things and DIY as allowed me to take it a step further by sharing my creations online. Before DIY I had know idea what a claymation even was! Now I’m making them and coming up with ideas for them all the time!" -TomKat

5 months ago 25 notes

News from the DIY HQ: Caption/Background Contest - FORK IT!

So we introduced the idea of “forking” a while back and it’s become a sort of social currency on the site.  By forking a project, a DIYer is paying the ultimate compliment to a fellow user by making iterations to their project and remaking it into something that they can call their own.

We’re constantly planting seeds in the community and trying to promote this type of behavior so that forking becomes a common form of interaction on the site.  Forking is not purely social, it also inspires kids to get creative and make something that they might never have thought to try. Lately, we’ve been playing around with our green screen and created our first #capcon contest, encouraging makers to have some fun with photoshop. Hilarious submissions are rolling and we’re amazed at how our growing community is responding, click here to check out some of the awesome projects.

5 months ago 21 notes

#Halloween2013 Contest Winners Revealed!

Thanks to everyone for participating in this year’s Halloween Contest.  We received a ton of awesome submissions and are excited to announce this year’s winners in the following categories (drum roll please):

Congratulations to everyone for making this year’s contest the best on yet.  Until next year DIYers :)

5 months ago 61 notes

From the forthcoming DIY visualpedia handbooks, this is our latest entry on driftwood shacks.

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