Educational

Computer Engineering for Babies – so they’ll pay for your retirement

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Remember the Baby Einstein books?  Well, a guy named Chase Roberts has one-upped them with a new Kickstarter campaign – Computer Engineering for Babies. The book teaches the basics of computer engineering – AND logic, OR logic, and so on.  Because little kids love buttons and lights, the book breaks down the …

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Looking for a soldering project? Etoput LED cube really shines

NEWS – Are you looking to improve your soldering skills or do you just like to tinker? Are you seeking a project for under 20 bucks that creates something really cool?  Check out the 4x4x4 LED electronics learning kit by Etoput.  We’ve now purchased two of these for the guys in my house who get …

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NumWorks Graphing Calculator review – You can teach an old calculator new tricks

REVIEW – I’ve always thought graphing calculators just looked cool. I can also say I’ve never had to use one for anything other than normal calculator functions. My son on the other hand starting using one for Calculus in high school and has since pretty much had to use it daily. When this NumWorks Graphing …

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Crowbits STEM coding toy set review

REVIEW: Elecrow Industries has created four children’s STEM toy sets. I’m digging into the Explorer Kit for 8+ year olds with assistance from my visiting resident grandson, PB. I’ll also report on one of the kits that has projects that require coding, the Inventor Kit. What is it Crowbits are Science Technology Engineering & Math …

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imagiLabs imagiCharm review – A programmable charm for kids

REVIEW –  Computer programming is often hard for young students to appreciate with abstract assignments. It is also historically less compelling for girls because of stereotypes and influence from peers. The imagiLabs imagiCharm is a fashion accessory that makes Python programming tangible and sharable.  I have one to review. Read on to see what I think! …

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Space:  A sharable flashcard system featuring spaced repetition

NEWS – As a teacher, I periodically spend an afternoon looking for new apps that I think might help me do my job or my students learn stuff, and I today I found one called Space. Space is a spaced repetition flashcard system.  If you’re not familiar with spaced repetition, it’s basically a system where …

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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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