What if we became laser-focused on introducing children to bots, drones, 3D printers, and coding in high school, middle school, and elementary school? We could raise a new generation of inventors, creators, makers, and problem-solvers.
People of all ages are heading back to school now. For the next couple of weeks, Opensource.com is highlighting a range of open source software, hardware, and tools for students and educators. We'll also sprinkle in open education stories for good measure. Read more in our Back to School series.
The philosophy of the open organization has implications in the field of education, community moderator Don Watkins explains.
Charlie Reisinger takes a look at a few affordable and stress-free open source software tools to help students and teachers make learning fun and stress-free.
Student members of the Asian Penguins were uncomfortable with the group's diversity issues. Now, contributions from a wide range of participants have made the club richer.
Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet. Patricia tells us how she got into computing and her interest in feminist issues, and she talks about why the lack of diversity in tech is a mistake. (And she was raised not to make excuses for mistakes.)
Teachers learn how to create curriculum courses through a sprint. The sprint was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to investigate the potential for student learning from a professional open source community (called "vertical teaming").
Red Hatter Anderson Silva shares how young people interested in technology can use a $35 Raspberry Pi to get started contributing to open source.
I wasn't weird, but now I am. It's a challenge that I feel almost destined to have come up against. How one Linux noob is learning about open source.
The free Raspberry Pi version of the game is the only one that comes with a programming interface, allowing players write code and manipulate the world around them. It's based on Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, and a Python API is provided. It's bundled with Raspbian, the Pi's main supported... Read more