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Write a novel with #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month takes place every November. Writers sign-up for the challenge through the NaNoWriMo’s website any time during the year but must write and submit the novel between November 1 and November 30 i.e. they have to write a novel in exactly thirty days which may sound over whelming but NaNoWriMo is there to help you with the process.

The thing that matters most in NaNoWriMo is output. Our high-velocity approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. Make no mistake: you will be writing a lot of strange stuff, and some of it will be just plain bad. But that’s a good thing! For 30 days, you get to lock that inner editor in the basement, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Even if you have never written a novel, you can still participate in this event. NaNoWriMo’s resources section contains free, detailed, and downloadable workbooks to take the budding writers on a detailed novel writing journey. The “100% Awesome NON-LAME workbooks” are highly recommended because they help writers learn about the elements of a novel and provide plenty of explanation in an engaging way. The workbooks are available for elementary, middle, and high school levels. NaNoWriMo also features tips from published authors, links to other writing challenges, and a blog-style section for event-related

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Mobile Computer Science Curriculum

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Learn computer science by making android apps.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1005″][blockquote cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]Twenty-eight lessons and projects focus on building socially useful mobile apps with App Inventor for Android.   Another 30 lessons focus on computer science topics ranging from algorithms to binary numbers to computer security.  Readings from Blown to Bits ask students to reflect on some of the big societal issues that characterize 21st century computing, such as privacy, security, social networking.[/blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fram8647.appspot.com%2FmobileCSP%2Fpreview|title:Inklewriter|target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”Computer Science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Free 3D Software Autodesk 123D Design

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]If you are new to 3D modelling and still want to learn your way around it, Tinkercad is a very useful tool. But soon you will want to do more than the basic stuff and design intricate work. And then you will need a more powerful tool than Tinkercad.

Autodesk 123D Design is the next step.[/text_output][text_output]serious 3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]Autodesk 123D Design is from the same developers as Tinkercad. So the transition is really simple. The interface also looks familiar to those who have worked before in Tinkercad.[/text_output][text_output]3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]You will need to download this software on your computer, it is not browser based. You can also find many tutorials on the site. You can explore others projects to find inspiration. You can also download pre made 3D models to use in your projects. And one of the best ways to learn serious 3D modelling is to download 3D models and start modifying them.[/text_output][text_output]P.S. Learn how to make a Dodecahedron (what????) in Autodesk 123D Design.

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Build a Cell

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Science is thrilling on its own but combine it with amazing graphics and interactivity or game environment and it just gets irresistible. I mean who can say no to breeding their own dragons?

People at Sponge Lab are doing fantastic work at making science enjoyable for everyone, by presenting the scientific concepts in forms of games.

So today I have this superb build-your-own-cell game for you to explore.[/text_output][text_output]build your own cell[/text_output][text_output]You can make a plant cell, an animal cell, a bacterial cell or a fungal cell. Make your cell by dragging the correct organelle from the tray on your right and learn more about each organelle as you drag it. You can even trouble shoot a cell. For example if a cell is unable to store starch, you have to find out which organelle is malfunctioning. Pretty cool if you ask me![/text_output][text_output]build a cell[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spongelab.com%2Fgame_pages%2FBAC.cfm|title:Build%20a%20cell|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Star Walk

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Details by developer

Star Walk is specially designed for amateur star gazers but will also pleasantly surprise professional astronomers. Star Walk is fun & educating at the same time!

Star Walk is an excellent guide to stars, planets, and constellations. You can play and learn them all while sitting comfortably in the arm-chair at home or during actual star gazing outside.

Unrivaled smooth 3D graphics
Full coverage of celestial bodies
Moon phases, sun rises, sun sets
Location based star gazing
Wiki knowledge base
Night view mode
Meteor showers
Time Machine[/text_output][text_output]Star walk app[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Apple Store” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-apple” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fgeo.itunes.apple.com%2Fza%2Fapp%2Fstar-walk-astronomy-guide%2Fid295430577%3Fmt%3D8%26at%3D1001l9ug||target:%20_blank” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Google Play Store” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-android” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fplay.google.com%2Fstore%2Fapps%2Fdetails%3Fid%3Dcom.vitotechnology.StarWalk%26hl%3Den||target:%20_blank” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Amazon Store” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-arrow-right” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB00HZPDB3G%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26camp%3D1789%26creative%3D9325%26creativeASIN%3DB00HZPDB3G%26linkCode%3Das2%26tag%3Dlearnforround-20%26linkId%3DJFN7CKBXBSDFH3YQ||target:%20_blank” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Inklewriter

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]What is an interactive story? Interactive stories are like regular stories but a lot more powerful and fun. Interactive stories let the readers make the choices about a character and what should happen next in the story.

For example you are reading a story about a young wolf born in Yellowstone National Park. One day when the mother wolf is out hunting, the young wolf hears a strange sound outside his den. Should the young pup go outside and find the reason behind the voice or should he stay put.

If it was a normal story, you – the reader, wouldn’t have a say in what the pup should do. But in interactive stories readers can decide what a character, like this young pup, should do. And of course the story is going to be different depending on what choices the characters make.[/text_output][text_output]write interactive stories with Inklewriter[/text_output][text_output]It is a lot of fun to read interactive stories but if you are the writer of an interactive stories, things can get tricky. What with all those branched scenarios and keeping track of how the story will unfold after each decision can make a mess of things.

Luckily there are tools that make this task easy. Inklewriter is one of them.[/text_output][text_output]Write interactive stories with Inklewriter[/text_output][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

The way our stories work is simple: the reader is given the text of a story in a small chunks, and after each, they get to make a decision about what happens next. That could be what a character says, or does – but it could also be a deeper choice, like why a character has done what they’ve done, or how they feel about something else in the story. Every decision the reader makes is remembered and has the potential to influence things later on – depending on how the author wants to tell their tale.

[/blockquote][text_output]Inklewriter has an easy to use interface. You can watch their tutorial on how to write interactive stories. You can even read many examples even from the classics like Frankenstein or The adventure of the Musgrave Ritual. Once you get the hang of how things work in an interactive story you can go ahead and write your own. No set-up, no programming, no drawing diagrams.

You can even re write another story,allowing the reader to discover different aspects of the world, follow up hints and allusions in the text, and maybe even take some narrative paths that the writer may have considered.

After you are done writing you can share your story. Each story is given its unique web page so sharing a story is really easy. You can even get your story converted to Kindle.

Best of all it is FREE. So just jump in and start creating.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inklestudios.com%2Finklewriter%2F|title:Inklewriter|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Video Crash Course in Basic Electronics

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]If you are a budding maker or D.I.Y.er (is that a word?) or even an average human being living in the 21st century, chances are that you keep coming across different electronics. And if you are inquisitive sort of person you may have broken apart your electronic stuff at least once to see what is inside it or what makes its lights flash/ triggers sound etc. And if you have done that you may have been mystified by a a show of strange looking things residing inside of the said toy.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”863″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]Electronics are everywhere. So even if you are not a maker it is good to know how small alien looking parts work and how they make things work. Collin’s Lab is a video crash course for absolute beginners about electronics. He takes us from simple resistors all the way to micro controllers, explaining how these parts work and even telling you how you can re create one at home.[/text_output][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

Join Collin Cunningham as he explores the vast realm of modern electronics and repeatedly discovers why it is so awesome on so many levels. Become quickly acquainted with a variety of technologies and the forces that make them work – from electromagnetic energy to integrated circuits to soldering and beyond.

[/blockquote][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”861″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]Collin’s lab’s videos can be accessed in two places. I am adding the links for both places. You can watch a sample video below and then click on the links to find the whole playlists.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Collin’s Lab at Make Presents” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmakezine.com%2F%3Fs%3D%2522Make%2BPresents%2522|title:Make%20Presents|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][vc_btn title=”Collin’s Lab at Adafruit” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fplaylist%3Flist%3DPLjF7R1fz_OOU08_hRcayfVZSmTpBCGJbL||target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

V8 Working Paper Engine Model

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Engineer Aliaksei Zohlner is super talented when it comes to making tiny paper models of engines that really work.

Take a look at this working V8 engine model made entirely with paper and “some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction” and runs on compressed air. Super cool![/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here is the throttle model made with paper for this engine.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here comes the complete prototype vehicle.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sharh Madina Arabic Books

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]I have previously written about how much I love Madina Arabic books and how they have helped me learn the Arabic language on my own. So I always get excited when I find additional resources to supplement studying Madina Arabic books. The Sharah of Madina Arabic books give a detailed explanation and grammar analysis of the three Madina Arabic books. I am currently preparing to teach my first beginners Arabic class and I am already benefiting a lot from the sharah of Madina Arabic books.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”838″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]You can download the books by right clicking the following links and select save as. Alla downloads are in PDF form.

Sharh Madina Book 1

Sharh Madina Book 2

Sharh Madina Book 3

Sharh Madina Book 4[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Planet 3D

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Planet 3D is a wonderful 3D planet texture generator, which allows you to design your very own 3D planets.

If you are not familiar with programming, it will be a good idea to have a look at the different presets available before you start building your own globes. you can always tinker with the provided presets and develop a whole new look even without knowing the programming language completely. You can select the ‘preset’ button at the bottom of the screen. Once you have chosen the preset planet that you like you can adjust the look of the planet by using the hjson editor on the right of the screen.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”831″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]The help section provides all the information you need on how to change the features of your planet, such as the colors, atmosphere, clouds and height gradients. When you’ve finished making your changes to the hjson you need to press shift + enter to render your world. If you like the look of your planet you can then save the planet texture by clicking on the ‘save’ button.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwwwtyro.github.io%2Fplanet-3d%2F|title:Planet%203D|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]