Microsoft Facilitates Computer Science Education in High Schools Through Volunteers


Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative for education has many, many branches, but one of the most interesting to me is the TEALS program, which helps high schools be able to offer computer science classes. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: 54 Colorful 3D Dinosaurs From Boneyard Pets


32 Square just launched their third Kickstarter for their newest version of Boneyard Pets 3D dinosaur puzzles. All the new kits are made from Komatex PVC to bring added flexibility, color, and a more accessible price point. Continue reading

What Will Tomorrow Look Like? Show the Sci-fi Museum to Win Tomorrowland Prizes


In his song “Tomorrow,” Morrisssey posses the question, “Tomorrow, will it ever come? And if it does come, will I still be human?”Something like that is the question posed by Disney’s new movie Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and premiering nationwide 22 May. Continue reading

MoonBots 2015 Challenge Begins with Call for Explorers, Adventurers and Dreamers


The 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge launches today and its a great way for kids to learn about space, robotics, and pick up some STEM skills at the same time. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Wundercub Educational Temporary Tattoos


My two-year-old son loves temporary tattoos. The fact that my wife and I both have several tattoos probably doesn’t hurt, but a love of temporary skin art seems to be almost universal with kids. Wundercub will make kids’ love of temporary tattoos into a learning tool. Continue reading

Understanding How Things Work From the Inside With ‘Explain 3D’


Do you remember books like “The Way Things Work” or “How things work”? These books were best-sellers and helped a lot of people understand how things work. They sold millions of copies and taught countless people. Now, ‘Explain 3D’ brings those kinds of books to your mobile devices, and delivers the future of learning how things work. Continue reading

‘Tiny Stitches’ Gets Your Kids Crafting

Here's my attempt at one of the projects in the book. I think it turned out well. Photo: Jenny Bristol

Embroidery is a great project for kids because they can make it how they like, following a pattern, drawing their own design, or making it up as they go. It’s also incredibly portable, needing only fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, embroidery floss, and scissors to do basic projects. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Evolution’ Expansion Takes ‘Flight’

Evolution: Flight

It’s getting crowded down here on the ground: not only are there carnivores trying to hunt you down, but there’s so much competition for plant food that it’s getting pretty scarce. Maybe it’s time to take to the skies, with ‘Evolution: Flight.’ Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Careful, You Might Learn Something (Part 3)

Stack Overflow

I know, it’s only the middle of the week, but our stacks are really overflowing, so it’s time for another stack of non-fiction(ish) books for kids! Not all of these are strictly non-fiction, but all of them include some educational elements. Continue reading

Kids Read Mean Tweets: Bullying Is Different But Still the Same

Amelia Wells
December 9, 2009
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One doesn’t need to grow up as a geek in order to have been bullied, but it certainly helped. My parents and older brothers helped me cope with being bullied, as they had gone through the same experience. As a parent, I should feel confident that I can help my son through such inevitable tough times, but the landscape of bullying has changed. With the internet came anonymity, a comfortable distance from targets, and a much more public voice. Bullying in the 21st century is quite different from what I experienced as a child. A new viral video campaign from the Canadian Safe School Network seeks to help start the discussion. Continue reading

Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire


Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading