Collect “Science XP” With Kids Before the Science Fair

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The annual science fair at my son’s school has come and gone. Sometimes the fair is just as challenging for the parents: How can I make a kid who would rather be collecting XP in Minecraft care about the quality of his hypothesis in a PowerPoint presentation? Continue reading

MegaBot Battles Drones at CES!

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See the MegaBot Mk. II compete for funding in the Extreme Tech Challenge as well as go up against drones at the Xtreme Done Racing Championship. Continue reading

littleBits Kits on Sale Today! Get Your Kids Into Electronics for the Holidays

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We’ve talked about littleBits a LOT on GeekDad, because they’re great portals into the world of electronics, engineering, and programming for kids. Well, today’s Amazon Daily Deal, JUST in time for Christmas, is on a variety of littleBits kits. Continue reading

Secret Life of the Car

The second series of The Secret Life of Machines started with a look at the car - like this Ford Ranch Wagon, photographed at a dealership in Tallahassee, Florida, USA in May of 1957. (From The Tallahassee Democrat Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida, no known copyright restrictions. Original photograph cropped by author).

Series two of ‘The Secret Life of Machines’ kicks off with the first of a two-part look at the history and development of the automobile. This episode looks specifically at the car’s body shell. Continue reading

Wonder League Robotics Competition

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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

GeekGirlCon 2015 Recap

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GeekGirlCon just held their fifth annual convention here in Seattle, WA. GeekGirlCon is all about celebrating women and their contributions across the sciences, technology, arts, and gaming. Continue reading

Maker Faire Atlanta 2015 Revisited

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It’s been a week since Maker Faire Atlanta ended, and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and go through my stack of business cards, brochures, and photos and ponder what I saw, the people I met, and the fun hands-on activities that were available. Continue reading

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