“It is easy to learn how to use these controllers,” says Travis Good, editor at Make magazine. “Even kids can do it.” They sure can with a kit from littleBits. On these microprocessor boards, each color is an input, a processor, or an output. The parts snap together and in only one way so that it is impossible for inexperienced users to make a mistake. Kids can prototype systems without worrying that they will damage the parts by lack of knowledge. LittleBits are pricier than the plain Arduino. A starter kit costs almost $90.
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The Medicaid program, in place since 1965, provides health coverage for children in families at or slightly above the federal poverty level (FPL). The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), brought low or no-cost coverage to families with incomes up to $45,000 for kids up to 19 years old. Families with children can visit this site to see if they qualify for the program, or they can call 1-877-Kids-Now (1-877-543-7669). In Spanish: http://espanol.insurekidsnow.gov/enes/.
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The first three hours after a child is abducted are crucial to finding him or her. Enter your cell phone number to receive SMS alerts when a child abduction has been reported in your area, based on your zip code. Your eyes and attention may help solve a kid kidnapping.
Private camps in California and the “Silver States”, i.e. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, band together in this networking organization. Browse the WAIC lists to find both day and resident camp in these states.
You won’t find the latest and greatest here. Still, ICDL (International Children’s Digital Library) makes available free of charge classic children’s books and recent ones written in a variety of languages. This could be a boon to libraries with non-English speaking populations.
Author and certified nutritionist Julie Negrin offers healthy recipes for families with kids. Cook up her “On-the-Go Frittata Squares,” eggy bites packed with vegetables and fresh herbs. Negrin writes, “This dish is ideal when you’re on the run, because you can cut it into squares, store them in a baggie, and eat them without utensils!” She also offers cooking and shopping advice. Visit her blog to find how to make healthy family meals with or without a recipe.
You’ve got kids from age 4 to 7 who want to play games on the computer. Point them to Starfall.com, a web site packed with educational games without commercial content. Build computer but not consumer literacy in the young ‘uns.