[Tutor] Ideas for Child's Project

Ted tchannel at cableone.net
Wed Jan 7 18:56:44 CET 2015

Hello, All,   I too have an idea for students.   I build seismometers for 
schools.   A simple toy slinky spring/magnets/coil/plumbing parts.  For 
students 10 to 90.   please visit if interested 
This uses an Arduino Uno and simple amplifier, and free software. 
Presently working with this group "tutor" to add an alarm to python code.
Cheers, Ted

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Gallaher
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 6:49 AM
To: tutor at python.org
Subject: Re: [Tutor] Ideas for Child's Project

Good day Stephen,

I have a few recommendations. Make Magazine has a lot of fun projects that 
use Python programs along with either a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino to create 
interactive projects. Arduino is more for electronic/programming based 
projects, but you can, say for example, attach an LED to a breadboard and 
program the LED to flash at certain intervals using a fairly simple Python 
script. The hands on and visual results of seeing what a program does might 
keep your son's interest better and longer, especially at his age.

Make Magazine's website is makezine.com

Raspberry Pi is very Python friendly and there's add on boards you can use 
along with Python. geek gurl diaries has video tutorials on programing with 
Python and raspberry that are focused towards the youngsters. Her website is 

Hope that helps! Jim Gallaher

>> On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Stephen Nelson-Smith <sanelson at gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> My son is interested in programming, and has dabbled in Scratch and done 
>> a
>> tiny bit of Python at school.  He's 11 and is going for an entrance exam
>> for a selective school in a couple of weeks.  They've asked him to bring
>> along something to demonstrate an interest, and present it to them.
>> In talking about it, we hit upon the idea that he might like to embark 
>> upon
>> a prorgamming challenge, or learning objective / project, spending say 30
>> mins a day for the next week or two, so he can show what he's done and 
>> talk
>> about what he learned.
>> Any suggestions for accessible yet challenging and stimulating projects?
>> Any recommendations for books / websites / tutorials that are worth a 
>> look?
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