Educational

Cardkits are models of paper that challenge your model making fingers and mind

NEWS – I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was a kid, my parents didn’t have a lot of money which meant that we didn’t have a lot of toys. At least not the toys I really wanted, like LEGO. So my sister and I made our own models and miniatures …

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CNN10 gives to-the-point, daily news overview

ARTICLE – When my kids’ school moved online last year, like many parents and families, I was overwhelmed. And seeking information. And craving a schedule. One simple thing we did in my house was to start watching CNN10 together every morning. It’s a 10-minute news summary that replaced the longstanding CNN Student News. That way, …

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UGears Differential Educational Mechanical Model Kit review

REVIEW – There are many types of STEM experiences available for kids that support curiosity, creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, etc. I have reviewed a few in the past, and now I get to test and review the UGears Differential Educational Mechanical Model Kit. What is it? The UGears Differential Educational Mechanical Model Kit is …

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Every teacher’s favorite “brain break” activity, The Original Brain Flakes

NEWS – If you are looking for an activity to stimulate the minds of both children and adults alike, these interlocking plastic discs are the answer.  Building with the Viahart Brain Flakes is one of our favorite STEM center activities. Students love building individually and in teams to master challenges. The possibilities for creativity are …

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Use ModernStates.org to test out of a year of college for free!

ARTICLE – Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the student loan debt crisis. According to a Forbes article written in February 2019, about 45 million people owe a total of over $1.5 trillion in student loans here in the United States. That just blows my mind. If you happen to have high school-aged kids or …

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Educational Insights Artie 3000 review

REVIEW – With two young children in school, I have been getting more involved in buying STEM gadgets, devices and educational toys for them. It is great to be able to give them the ability to explore their imagination and creativity and with today’s children, computers, coding, and Artificial Intelligent/Smart devices have become the norm. …

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Give kids a jump start on coding skills with the iRobot Root

NEWS – Getting kids into creative pursuits is always a good thing.  If your kids have any interest in learning to code, iRobot has a new product, Root, to get them into coding, starting at age four or five. Root offers three programming modes: Level 1: Graphical Coding. Graphical blocks teach essential logic skills of …

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Check out KiwiCo this holiday season for amazing creativity kits for kids of every age including the adult kid :-)

GIFT IDEA NEWS – As the holiday season approaches, I think about gifts for my kids and even the creative adults in my life. As I have watched my kids interact with toys over the year, I have noticed their creativity especially with Arts and Craft and with STEM-related toys and gadgets. I have started …

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thetruesize.com website shows you just how distorted the Mercator projection map is

ARTICLE – A while ago I was watching an episode of “The West Wing” (season 2 episode 16, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”). In the “Cartographers for Social Equality” portion of the show, it really hit me (just like CJ) that the Mercator projection map that I have been using since I …

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Learning Resources Gears Gizmos Building Set review

REVIEW – My two children ages 4 and 5 are very energetic and very creative. While my daughter is more into coloring and writing, my son is all about construction sets and building things according to his imagination. Regardless, they both enjoy any toys that stimulate their minds and creativity. The Gears Gizmos Building Set …

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Robo Wunderkind Education Robotics Kit review

REVIEW – With all of the challenges that kids face in today’s world, parents usually look for advantages that they can afford to provide as many educational opportunities for their children so that they are not only continuously learning, but also exploring all of their creative abilities. Robo Wunderkind is a company that makes these …

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