About the Books

The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun and The Invent to Learn Guide to More Fun lead teachers, parents, and kids of all ages through a series of projects designed for maximum learning and fun!

Expert teacher and maker Josh Burker provides clear instructions and how to adapt projects for any size group. The projects are great for classrooms, museums, libraries, after-school programs, or families.

Volume 1: The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun. Thirteen projects explore innovative software and hardware, upcycled material, and more. Combine simple electronics with LEGO bricks, 3D printing with clay tiles, computers with cardboard, and more.

Volume 2: The Invent to Learn Guide to More Fun. Fourteen projects use cutting edge hardware and software in inventive projects and tinkering guides. Programming, building, tinkering, and more with simple electronics and craft materials. Build pinball machines, LEGO gear contraptions, automata, 3D printing, and more.

What’s inside The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun

Project Software Hardware Description
Squishy Circuit
Experiments
Use homemade dough to experiment with electricity.
LEGO ArtBots Scratch computer,  LEGO WeDo Kit  Build a robot that makes art!
Animated Postcards Paper and electronics combine to make fun greeting cards with lights, and then animate them!
MaKey MaKey Musical Instruments Scratch computer, MaKey MaKey  Upcycle cardboard to make a an orchestra of instruments like no others.
MaKey MaKey Operation Game Scratch computer,  MaKey MaKey  Build your own “Operation” game.
Soft Circuit Stuffed Animals Sew together a new friend with glowing eyes and a light up heart of gold.
TurtleArt Experiments TurtleArt computer  Play with the turtle to draw amazing geometric patterns.
Glowdoodlers Glowdoodle, TinkerCAD computer, 3D Printer  Create electronic paintbrushes and paint with light and color.
Chain Reaction Machines Scratch LEGO WeDo, computer Build a contraption that would amaze Rube Goldberg. The chain reaction weaves from the real world on to the computer and back to the real world again!
Carnival Games Scratch LEGO WeDo, computer Make a carnival with computer games with controllers you make yourself.
Turtle Art Tiles TurtleArt, TinkerCAD computer, 3D Printer Create amazing clay tiles with beautiful geometric patterns.
Dungeon Crawl Adventure Game Scratch computer,  Picoboard  Program your own computer game that responds to light and sounds.
Crystal Radio Receiver 3D Printer* The world is full of hidden radio waves! Build your own receiver to explore it.

What’s inside The Invent to Learn Guide to More Fun

Project Software Hardware Description
Strange Controllers for Strange Projects Scratch Makey Makey Design creative game controllers for your own video games.
TurtleArt Cut Paper Turtle Art Cameo Silhouette Design and program cut paper designs.
Automata Tell stories with simple machines.

Programmable Paper: Art with the Chibi Chip

 

makecode.chibitronics. com Chibi Chip Microcontroller Light up paper art suitable for framing
Passive Amplifier for Mobile Phone Make your own phone speaker

Light Up Jean Jacket

 LilyTiny Microcontroller Sew and program lights into your jacket

Beetle Blocks: 3D Turtle Geometry

 

Beetle Blocks 3D printer Design and program 3D printed items.

Arduino Album Cover

Snap4Arduino Arduino Create interactive album cover art
Turtlestitch Embroidery Turtlestitch Embroidery machine Design and program stitched art
Multimedia Marble Machines Scratch Makey Makey, Arduino Create simple or complex interactive marble machines, mazes, and tracks.

Cardboard Pinball Machines

Make a variety of interactive pinball machines
Sidewalk Chalk Geometric Art Beautify the outdoors with geometry
LightLogo LightLogo Arduino Program rings of light
LEGO Gear Tinkering LEGO bricks and gears An essential guide to creating all sorts of LEGO machines

Note: All projects also use a variety of easy-to-find electronics, recyclables, office supplies, and craft materials. See each project for a specific supply list.

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Title: The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun

Published 2015

Author: Josh Burker

Publisher: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press

ISBN: Print 978-0-9891511-8-4

Pages: 140

Price: Print – $24.95 US (MSRP)

Availability: Worldwide via Amazon.com and other online retailers. Bookstores can order through Ingram, or you can contact Constructing Modern Knowledge Press directly for information about volume sales, international shipping from UK and Australia, or Australian resellers.

 

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Title: The Invent To Learn Guide to More Fun

Published 2018

Author: Josh Burker

Publisher: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press

ISBN: Print 978-0-9994776-0-1

Pages: 182

Price: Print – $24.95 US (MSRP)

Availability: Worldwide via Amazon.com and other online retailers. Bookstores can order through Ingram, or you can contact Constructing Modern Knowledge Press directly for information about volume sales, international shipping from UK and Australia, or Australian resellers.

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