Tech Projects

A-MAZE-ing!!! Free Online Maze Game

My son loves mazes, so naturally I built him a maze game! He actually designed levels 2, 3, and 4. I tweaked them a little bit so that they make a little more sense, but the designs are his alone! We can add more levels to our heart’s content – it’s pretty easy now that…

Relaxation Breathing App

Several years ago, I was tasked with creating a simple relaxation breathing app so a counselor’s clients could practice at home. At the time, I was using Corona SDK for some game projects, so I whipped the relaxation breathing app together pretty quickly. While this app is not available for download, I decided it would…

Real Estate Investment AI

One of my most intricate projects (recently shut down) was an artificial intelligence program that identified potential real estate investment opportunities. At a high level, it combed through a particular MLS each day to look for properties that might be under-valued enough to warrant a flip. The parameters used by the application to identify potential…

Hacktoberfest 2019

For Hacktoberfest 2019 I updated the Code4Kids Level 1 Camp source files. We learned quite a bit from our second go-around with this camp. Some of the projects were dropped because they were too complicated, so I replaced them with much more straightforward projects. I also dropped the concept of badges. I thought the students…

Jabba the Hutt 3D-Printed Piggy Bank

My son loves Star Wars. That’s actually an understatement. My son LOVES Star Wars! I’ve only known one person who loves Star Wars as much as my son. Me! We’re teaching him about money and saving, so I found this Jabba the Hutt piggy bank on Thingiverse and printed it for him. I was worried…

PyGamer Games in MakeCode and CircuitPython

My son and I built the PyGamer from Adafruit a couple of months ago. He loves Blaze and the Monster Machines, so we’ve been working on a racing game in MakeCode Arcade. It’s inspired by the old game Spy Hunter. Since he loves Super Wings as well, we made a simple flying game in MakeCode…

Hacktoberfest 2018

For this year’s Hacktoberfest, I added the Code4Kids Level 1 Camp source files to GitHub. Hopefully some teachers will be able to learn from my experiences with the camp and integrate some of these ideas into their classrooms. I added solutions to all the Lightbot levels. Some of them are a bit tricky, so this…

Sermon Story Extractor

Have you ever been in church, and the preacher starts telling one of their stories that you heard six months ago? I am terrified of doing that! But I also know that I have no chance of remembering when and where I told a particular story. So I wrote a simple Python program to comb…