beanz Magazine

Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: Owl Hill Media, LLC Subscription Price: $ 29.99 for One Year / 6 Issues

If you have a tech-minded kid—yes, even a precocious 8-year-old—who is ready to dive into the digital deep end of computer science, this bi-monthly magazine should be on their reading list – online or off.

However, Beanz isn’t for every videogame-loving child or youngster locked onto an iPhone. This is substantial content designed for the “intermediate coder” who wants to explore the expansive world of code. From programming and 3D printing to computer language and internet history, recent issues include features such as “Code Your Arduino With Tinkercad”; “Building Blocks of App Development”; “What the Heck is Foo Bar Baz?” and “The Fibonacci Spiral.” And then there’s the question, “Can You 3D Print a Galaxy?”. Despite some quirky fun, this magazine is serious about topics most adults wouldn’t have a clue about and it uses terminology from another frequency most of us don’t tune into—e.g. the term “dogfooding.” means that software developers use the tools they’ve created to experience what the customer does, and find ways to improve it.

And while Beanz offers more practical and seemingly accessible pieces such as the history of your keyboard and the story behind lorem ipsum (Latin placeholder text), most of its content is not for the casual reader. But for the families who live and breathe computer science, coding, and how tech influences 21st century life, each issue will prompt many off screen conversations.

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Don Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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