Tag Archive: Adafruit Industries

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Get Kids Interested in Technology with Activities, Games and More

    Fun apps, shows and toys are available for kids to learn to code.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    With the success of young programmers like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, parents are encouraging their kids to learn to code at a younger age.

    Now parents can encourage their kids to become future programmers with free iPad apps that teach computational thinking with Cargo-Bot, and teach programming to kids with Daisy the Dinosaur.

    Here are some more ways to get your kids interested in STEM.

    #1 – Watching Shows

    Entrepreneur Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried launched Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” (Episode 1), the first in a fun web series featuring Ampere (named after André-Marie Ampère, the founder of electrodyanamics).

    There’s a coloring book and adorable Circuit Playground plush toys to match! In fact, electrical engineer Limor Fried founded Adafruit Industries, an e-commerce website that distributes a veritable treasure trove of toys, electronics and ways for children to learn to build programs, apps and more. Check out the possibilities, from the Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) to littleBits (electronic Legos).

    #2 – Reading for STEM

     

    Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made a splash last year on Kickstarter with her hugely successful Goldieblox, the first engineering book/toy for young kids.

    Debbie researched and tested construction toys with young girls, realizing that adding a reading element would appeal to young girls more. To combine building spatial and verbal skills for the age 6 and over set, you have GoldieBlox, a book series with building sets.

    Female-founded Timbuktu, the iPad magazine for parents and kids, has created a fun illustrated story for scientist Maria Sybilla Merian, noted naturalist, etymologist and botanical illustrator (pictured, right).

    Check out the full illustrated story on Timbuktu, or click on the graphic for the full story on the woman scientist.

    #3 – Getting Hands-On

    The word “hack” and “hackathon” is a bit deceiving. You don’t need skills, only curiosity and the will to get hands-on to be a “hacker”.

    Hack the Future is a one-day event for kids to get hands-on with tech on Saturday, April 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Interested? Get on the mailing list here if you are interested in getting kids together in an all-day techie confab.

    “This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you’re young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker,” writes Joe Mathes, startup engineer and co-creator of Hack the Future. “As professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines.”

    Kids should sign up and bring a laptop. The volunteers will provide the rest, as you will see in this video:

    Don’t forget the fun-for-the-whole-family Maker Faire (May 18-19 in San Francisco and September 21-22 in New York City). The festival serves to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” – don’t miss out!

    If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find a Hackasaurus event near you or organize your own Summer Code Party!

    What to Download, Install and Use for Kids to Learn to Code

    Women 2.0 readers: Have more educational resources, shows, books, toys and apps that teach kids STEM concepts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH NYC 2012: MAKER Panel Talks About Kickstarter Campaigns, Prototyping, Pricing Product And "What Makes This A Tech Company?"

    Live from PITCH NYC 2012 Conference & Competition –

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    At the 2012 PITCH NYC Conference, the MAKER panel consists of four women starting companies and shipping hardware products: Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries, Alice Brooks of Roominate, Liz Salcedo of Everpurse and Debbie Sterling of GoldieBlox.

    These hardware startup founders and CEOs have experience producing products, building prototypes and raising capital for their initiatives.

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    by Angie Chang

    Adafruit Industries Founder Limor Fried Speaking At PITCH NYC Conference On November 14

    November 14′s PITCH Conference speakers include Adafruit Industries founder Limor Fried.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    We are just 8 days away Women 2.0′s first PITCH Conference in New York featuring a full day of successful women entrepreneurs as speakers. Meet Limor Fried, founder at Adafruit Industries.

    Limor will be in the MAKER panel with Roominate’s Alice Brooks, GoldieBlox’s Debbie Sterling and Everpurse’s Liz Salcedo.

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    by Angie Chang

    Vote For “LEGO For Girls – This Time, Hardware-Hacker Style"

    Ladyada’s workshop is a place to you explore all the cool things you build and use when you’re an engineer!

    By Limor Fried (Founder & Engineer, Adafruit Industries)

    Will LEGO produce a hardware hacker’s idea of a set for girls?We are very excited about this experiment.

    Here is our “Ladyada’s workshop” LEGO page. We need 10,000 votes to make it “real”!

    » Please vote for this LEGO project here!

    Lego for girls, this time hardware-hacker style

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Startups Catering To Moms

    From subscription services for parents to circuit kits for children, there is plenty of options for Mother’s Day!

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    This week we think about moms – they have their choice of subscription services to products for them and their children. Moms also have daily deals sites catering to their unique purchasing needs.

    Here are 8 women entrepreneurs looking to serve the new and expecting moms of the world. You can find the right monthly subscription or gift for a mom in your life – or a dad – but right now it is especially timely for Mother’s Day around the corner…

    I am including women-led hardware startups selling electronic LEGOs because it is a gift to moms to have geeky toys for their little ones. May (girl) geeks rule the world one day.

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