Teach Your Kids to Code Apps With Pocket Code

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You probably know about Scratch, the graphical programming environment developed at MIT that allows kids to code interactive stories, games, and animations. Researchers at the Graz University of Technology in Austria have been working hard at creating Pocket Code, a Scratch-like environment for the Android platform. Continue reading

10 Winter Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

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Winter is a beautiful time of year. Snow-covered lawns, icicles, and crisp, cool air are a beautiful facet of the season cycle. But the beauty hides many dangers families face each winter. Is your family going to be safe this holiday season? Check the list to be sure! Continue reading

The ACME Detective Agency Reopens for Business as Carmen Sandiego Returns


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is bringing Carmen Sandiego back to life and optimizing everything for mobile. Available on iOS devices, ‘Carmen Sandiego Returns’ brings back a lot of familiar gameplay and tosses in some new and exciting features. Continue reading

Lunchbox Electronics: Fun DIY Kits and Components for Kids (and Their Parents)


Alicia Gibb is an inventor with a background in art education and information science, which puts her in a sort of sweet spot when it comes to STEAM education. She started her company, Lunchbox Electronics, to sell products she’s created to help fill an underserved niche in kids’ learning: Making learning about electronics easy, accessible, and most of all fun. Continue reading

Science Finally Proves Superiority of Geek Brain

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Studies show that “cultural dysfluency” — Halloween plates on Labor Day, a purple wedding tux, a “good riddance” obituary — jolts brains from complacency and makes people perform better on cognitive tests. This, my friends, is why the geek brain thinks while the mainstream brain coasts. Continue reading

Wonder League Robotics Competition


I just mentioned Dash & Dot’s new ‘Wonder’ app last week, and here’s a cool opportunity to put it to use. The Wonder League Robotics Competition uses Dash & Dot to simulate a space mission: performing gravity slingshots, collecting samples, and so on. The grand prize is a STEM field trip to California that includes Universal, home of the Minions! Continue reading

‘He Named Me Malala’ Is Essential Viewing for Teens

Khushal Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai in Birmingham, England.

As the GeekDad of two little girls, I’m always on the lookout for inspirational women my children can look up to. Today’s leading contender is Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who stood up to the Taliban about her right to an education, and was shot in the head for her defiance. Continue reading

‘Bedtime Math’ Helps Families Share Math the Same Way We Share Reading

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Let’s bond over math the same way we bond over reading–a study in ‘Science’ shows that over the course of a school year ‘Bedtime Math’ pushes kids’ math skills 3 months further than a similar reading app. Continue reading