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December 2018 News Wire

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5 Awesome Beginner’s 3D Design Programs

https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/38137-5-awesome-beginners-3d-design-programs.html
Shapeways is one of several online services that will print your 3D models. The hard part is finding software that’s easy to use to create your models. This article describes five tools to explore and try out. From SketchUp (which we write a lot about) and TinkerCAD to Sculptris and 3D Slash.

Be Internet Awesome

https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en
Google has a fun program, Be Internet Awesome, and game called Interland to teach kids how to be safe online. The program includes curriculum for teachers and parents. Overall it’s an excellent way for adults to engage kids about how to be safe online.

Also In The December 2018 Issue

Create colourful geometric patterns in SketchUp inspired by the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Learn how to use animated GIFs to create proper animation loops in Scratch.

Create an electronic obstacle course and test the steadiness of your hands as you navigate through.

What’s allowed in an e-mail address? Let’s break down the syntax.

Throwing your old tech in the trash is bad for the environment. Check out some safer, cleaner alternatives.

New, crafty mods that’ll push your Minecraft design skills to new levels.

Part philosophical paradox, part coding puzzle, quines are sure to tease and challenge your brain!

5 questions with the designer pushing innovation in 3D printed clothes.

All work and no play makes it harder for kids to learn, especially those with anxiety and learning disabilities.

Dive into the nuts & bolts of storing pictures and files on your computer.

A clever AI is creating twisted, surreal art. Math or magic?

Two doors hide a zonk, and one door hides a prize. Can probability & statistics help you pick the right one?

How can you tell if a credit card number is valid or invalid? Meet the Luhn algorithm, one of many checksums helping us keep the internet in order.

Learn about the Destination Dispatch algorithm and create your own robotic lift.

Grab your friends & disconnect from the digital world with these fun science & tech board games.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for December 2018.

Links from the bottom of all the December 2018 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.