5 Questions With a 5-Year-Old: One Year Later

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A look back at the past year of 5 Questions with a 5-Year-Old, including all 29 interviews, lessons learned, and where we’re going from here. 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

Unboxing Wil Wheaton With Quarterly.co

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Quarterly Co. is another contender in the surprise-in-a-box arena. Their unique take is that they have different subscriptions based on curators. When I heard that none other than Wil Wheaton was becoming a curator, I signed up immediately. Continue reading

Geek’s Guide to National Parks

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The U.S. National Park Service is turning 100 – its the perfect time to geek out at your park with this comprehensive guide of citizen science, astronomy, adventure, and even LARP programs and events in parks. Continue reading

How-To: Cardboard Robots and Rocketships

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We just had our son’s second birthday party. He’s already a geek-in-the-making, so the theme we decided on for him was Robots and Rocketships. He already loves both, thanks to a bounty of robot and rocketship toys he’s received in the past two years plus my own collection of both that I willfully share with him (yes, I’ve even let him play with vintage Transformers). Continue reading

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

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This is just a quick reminder that the DuinoKit Jr. Kickstarter project is down to less than a week. It’s already reached its funding goal, so any stragglers out there who might be looking for a fun all-in-one electronics style kit that teaches Arduino and programming, take a look at the DuinoKit Jr.

Project owner, Dan Alich, has finished two successful Kickstarter projects previously, both larger versions of this kit called the DuinoKit Essentials. Dan understands the issues with manufacturing and shipping, so he’s got the experience needed to delivery the products on time for a May 2015 delivery. Continue reading

Acer Switch 11: DIY Printable Wall Mount

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As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve continued looking around the house for a good project, and my eyes once again came back to my 3D printer table. It is cluttered, messy, and much too small for the number of things I use it for. Soon after printing the stand for the Switch 11 and changing to Octoprint for printer control a new soldering station arrived. With its placement on the table here is little room left to actually solder anything, so something else has to go. Continue reading

Comics to Unleash Your Inner Inventor: ‘Howtoons’ Artist Nick Dragotta

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Interview with Nick Dragotta (East of West) about his work on Image Comics’ ‘Howtoons,’ getting kids interested in STEAM subjects, and how to make the world a better place. 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

Build Your Own Android Apps With MIT App Inventor

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App Inventor is a blocks-based programming language similar to Scratch that allows you to create simple apps for Android phones and tablets. It’s great for me as a hobby, and hopefully will help me introduce my kids to programming when they’re ready. Continue reading

Acer Seize the Idea Contest

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Acer is offering up some cool products for their Seize the Idea contest. You have from now until February 28th to submit your essay on what you would do with Acer Idea Kit which includes an Aspire Switch 11, Aspire AZ3 Touch All-in-One, and the Acer H6510 3D Projector.
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Are Your Kids Ready to Run a 5K?

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When I first told people that I had signed up my 5-year-old daughter for a 5K, they thought I was crazy. Those with kids around that age were especially incredulous. No one could believe that a 5-year-old would be able to run 3.1 miles. Continue reading

Playworld Superheroes Combines UK Streets with US Heroes

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A new game for families from the talent that brought us Wipeout and Motorstorm, Playworld Superheroes offers an In-App Purchase free creative experience with high production values. Continue reading

Replacing the Battery in a MacBook Air

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I recently wrote a year end post about products that had disappointed me in 2014, and one of the featured culprits was a 2008 vintage MacBook Air whose battery had swollen to the point it was distorting the aluminum case. Since Apple no longer sells components for this notebook — even though the battery is a consumable (thus the reason for my griping) — I was offered the choice of using the MBA only while plugged in, finding a third party battery or buying a new laptop. I bought a replacement battery from Other World Computing (OWC) and installed it, proving that the non user-replaceable battery in these things is indeed easily user replaceable. And so far, so good on the battery from OWC. Continue reading

11 New Gadget Kickstarters You Want to See (and Back)

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Here are 11 cool new tech projects that have launched on Kickstarter. Check them out! Continue reading

Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

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In an effort to go through life with more mindfulness and as a way to teach my kids to be more introspective and thoughtful about themselves, we have begun a daily family meditation. Not the legs-crossed/eyes-closed/upturned-hands/”Om” type of meditation, but rather the kind where you read short but meaningful passages and discuss them. It only takes about ten minutes per day, but it builds a lot of personal skills in all of us. Continue reading