‘Storm Hollow': A Storytelling Game for the Whole Family

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‘Storm Hollow’ is clever in a child-appealing way, without being adult-alienating. In other words, it’s a great game for parents who enjoy roleplaying games to enjoy with their children. Continue reading

The Science of Becoming a Math Person

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What caught my ear wasn’t the fact that a young, hipsterish guy struggled with subtraction Captchas; it was the fact that he excused it, saying, “Hey, I’m not a numbers person…” Continue reading

A.I. Research Mines ‘Minecraft’ to Mimic Human Learning

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“The whole of ‘Minecraft’ is what we refer to as ‘A.I. complete.’ If you can do all of ‘Minecraft’ you could solve anything,” says Brown University researcher. Continue reading

Maps, Time, Geography: 2 Books to Delight the Mind

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to look at maps. Maps of all kinds. Road maps, house floor plans, diagrams, graphs, and more. I love to know how things work and how they are laid out. I adore any well-done visual representation. I often explain my feelings as graphs. So when I saw these two books, they caught my attention right away. Continue reading

Help Your Kids Love Learning With LoveMath

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Over the past several weeks I’ve spoken extensively about the LoveMath online learning system from GeekDad’s latest sponsor, GPA Learn. I’ve explored its robust progress tracker as well as its integrated reward system, but something I’ve only touched on is the effectiveness of the tutorials themselves. Continue reading

‘Who Was…?’ Biography Series Excellent Reading for Your Kids

Covers of three books: Who Was Amelia Earhart, showing Amelia in flying gear in front of a plane, Who Is Stan Lee, with Stand Lee surrounded by comic-book style Bam! and Pow! callouts, and Who Was Marie Curie, showing Marie Curie in her lab holding a glowing green vial.

The ‘Who Was…?’ book series provides informative and engaging biographies for your 8- to 12-year-old child, including challenging information that you can use as a jumping-off-point for discussions throughout the summer. With over 100 books in the series, your child should readily find someone with a story that inspires them. Continue reading

Follow Your Child’s Progress With LoveMath™

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Just like you, I’m a busy parent. I make it a point to try and keep my kids motivated to learn throughout the summer, but I don’t exactly have the time (or the skillset) to develop full lesson plans. Thankfully LoveMath™ from GPA Learn, GeekDad’s latest sponsor, does this heavy lifting for me. Continue reading

Hard Truths: A Parental Responsibility to Address Tragedy

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Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have me dwelling on one of the great parenting struggles: the challenge of maintaining a child’s innocence while living in a world wrought with so many unconscionable acts. Using Jon Stewart’s already notorious ‘Daily Show’ monologue as a jumping off point, I explore the hard questions of what to share and how to share the truth of tragedy with children. Continue reading

Summer Rehydration Advice

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During summer activity, hydrate often. Avoid energy drinks or drinks with caffeine like coffee, tea, or soft drinks. Drink plenty of water. Low-sugar sports drinks can be a safe alternative to water. If you feel like you may be getting dehydrated during activity, let someone know. Continue reading

Microsoft Facilitates Computer Science Education in High Schools Through Volunteers

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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

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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

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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