Review: Brackitz Allows Architectural Feats With Wooden Blocks

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Brackitz is a new building block line of toys that allows children to take block building to a whole new level. Brackitz is labeled as being appropriate for ages 3 – 103 and helps kids begin to learn about engineering and architecture. Continue reading

Kindle HD6 and Sony Monitor Headphones on Sale Today at Amazon

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Two pretty good tech/lifestyle deals today at Amazon. First, they’ve put a couple of their Kindle Fire tablets on discount again, including the HD6 for just $69, and the HD Fire Kids Edition for $119. Also, the very well-reviewed Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones are down to $55 today. Continue reading

Daytona International Speedway Stadium Project Nearing Completion

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It took the Romans approximately eight years to build the Coliseum. It’s taking a considerably shorter period, less than three years, to finish the $400 million Daytona Rising project for Daytona International Speedway, a project that will completely alter the fan experience while being one of the most modern public stadiums ever. Continue reading

Programming With Robots, Part I: Sphero SPRK

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Who says learning shouldn’t be fun and there can’t be value in play? Certainly not the folks behind the new SPRK Edition Sphero. 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

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

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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

Final Hours: PancakeBot Kickstarter

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The first time I saw the PancakeBot in action, I was hooked. It was at the 2012 Maker World Faire in New York and it was just fascinating to watch in action. Voluntold by his kids that he needed to create a robot that could print in pancake batter, Miguel had created a machine that actually prints in pancake batter. Continue reading

Kickstarter Review: MudWatt Getting Dirty With STEM

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MudWatt is a microbial fuel cell kit that is intended to teach and spark an interest in energy, biology, physics, chemistry, and engineering across a wide-range of ages. Continue reading

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

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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

Tech vs. Global Poverty: Berkeley Lab’s To-Do List

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“Find a need and fill it” is common advice usually given to budding entrepreneurs and inventors, but it’s not often that someone hands you a concise list of needs to fill. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies does just that. So how do we start crossing things off of that list? Continue reading

Acer Switch 11 DIY Tablet Stand

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As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve been looking around the house at my half finished DIY projects and thinking of innovative ways to use one of the Acer products to finally wrap a few of them up. Since nearly of all my recent projects involve one or both of my 3D printers, it seems fitting that I should take this opportunity to solve a little control issue I’ve been having. Continue reading

Batman and Aliens Meet the Real World: GeekDad Interviews Nate Ball

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I spoke recently to uber-geek and new dad Nate Ball about his inventions, his books, and his role in helping a new generation of makers get inspired about engineering. We didn’t get to discuss his beatboxing, but you’ll find a link to his Ted X talk on that here also. Continue reading