‘The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters’ – A Call to Arms


Geekdom has never been more popular. Mark Henderson thinks now is the time to challenge unscientific thinking in the political arena. ‘The Geek Manifesto’ is a call to arms. 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

The Dress and the Opportunity for the Scientific Method

The Dress

In a world where you might think there is nothing more to say about this topic I wanted to raise the important opportunity it represents and still represents to us parents: it is a unique event to teach the scientific method. Continue reading

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

Nate Ball power ascends.

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

Project Superhero Is a Book That Entertains, Educates Tween Girls


Tween girls get a great story (and role model) in this fun, illustrated book that promotes science, learning, and superheroes. Continue reading

10 Reasons the History of Science Matters

Camille Flammarion, L'Atmosphere, Meteorologie Populaire, Paris 1888  (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Studying the history of science allows you to have a glimpse into both the history of the world and into just how we discovered everything we know about the world. Those moments of discovery may seem anti-climactic to us now, but imagine not having discovered them at all. Imagine living without that knowledge. Continue reading

Do You Want Your Daughter to Excel at Math and Science? Get a Little Help From GEMS


GEMS was started to address the well documented but underserved problem of girls not taking high-level math and science classes in high school, thereby limiting their college and career options. It has evolved over the years into a full-focus STEM program, addressing the dearth of female engineers and computer scientists, in addition to the workforce problem of low numbers of female workers in these fields. Continue reading

10 Things Sci-fi Promised Us That DID Happen in 2013 (or Thereabout)


Last week I published a list of top 10 things science fiction promised us that didn’t happen in 2013. So, lest you think I’m completely negative, let’s take a look at a few things that did happen in 2013… Continue reading

Exclusive: MythBusters‘ Tory Belleci Launches Educational Post-Apocalyptic Game App


It’s not often that you come across an educational app aimed at kids that’s a genuinely fun, graphics-rich video game that adults will enjoy as well, and even less often that you find one set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of broken-down cars and sand sharks. Continue reading

Can You Survive Inside the Human Body?

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I’ll give Seok-Young Song and illustrator Hyun-Dong Han credit for choosing the first book in the Survive Inside The Human Body manga trilogy to be the one that covers the digestive system. What kid (of suitable age) isn’t going to enjoy a book that tackles so many of what are typically considered the “gross” subjects — stomach acid, intestines, flatulence, eructation (look it up), and yes… poop. Nothing is left to the imagination — you’ve got excellent coverage of sphincters, hook worms, and feces… everything a kid (or adult) would want to know about the digestive system. Continue reading

Dewey Mac, Kid Detective Book


I love the idea behind Dewey Mac and the Case of the Dog Gone Dog. It’s a science book disguised as a cool and exciting story. He ties in some STEM concepts and introduces the reader to projects through the AKA Detective Manual. With over 30 inexpensive and easy projects this book will both entertain and teach kids to be makers. Continue reading

Play With Science With PhET

Image: PhET, The University of Colorado, Boulder

The University of Colorado, Boulder, has put together a fantastic website called PhET. It’s full of interactive simulations for all branches of science, and for math. The simulations run from the very basic for elementary school students, all the way up to university-level material. Continue reading

Geek Camp

Geek Camp 2013

Our family Geek Camp is a couple years old, originating as a way to kill some time while watching a friend’s kids for the week. We’re turning it up to eleven this year with a dozen-plus kids and multiple tracks for project work. The week of making, gaming and coding will be accompanied by daily articles on our progress. Continue reading

What Is “This Thing Called Science”?

This Thing Called Science by Bridge 8

Although intended for teens, I can not think of a single person who would not benefit from watching these films. They are not only immensely informative, but simultaneously entertaining and thought provoking. Continue reading

Random Geek Roundup #8

Image: IBM

Welcome to the eighth irregular installment of Random Geek Roundup! This is where I collect a variety of links and sites and products that have come across my virtual desk in recent days. Just because you’ve discovered a specific interesting tidbit doesn’t mean that everyone has. So in the spirit of sharing awesome, here is the next collection of links. Continue reading

How Big Is a Galaxy? Milky Way Shown to Scale | Popular Science

Think the Milky Way is big? It’s puny compared to M87, an elliptical galaxy 980,000 light years in diameter. The Milky Way is only 100,000 light years in diameter. Let’s not even get into Hercules A, which is 1.5 million light years across. Continue reading

Nanocupid: How Science Geeks Made a Little Love for Valentine’s Day

Physicists at Brigham Young University have developed techniques to strengthen nanostructures to make them stable. A research group led by physics professors Robert Davis and Richard Vanfleet recently completed a special holiday project to test their process: the Nanocupid. Continue reading