Collect “Science XP” With Kids Before the Science Fair

Child with ingredients for science fair project.

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

Megan Lee’s Gorgeous Nerdy Science Art and Flashcards

Image: Megan Lee Studio

I’ve had my eye on Megan Lee’s scientist art for quite some time. It’s the perfect mixture of simplicity, unity, and graphics, all with science history as the underlying theme. Most of the scientists she has profiled in art are at least somewhat known if not very well known. But for a few, I actually had to research who they were and what they have done. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: ‘Evolutionary Tales’: A Child’s First Book on Evolution


‘Evolutionary Tales’ is a new book by Matt Cubberly with beautiful illustrations from May Villani that just launched on Kickstarter. ‘Evolutionary Tales’ showcases ten very different animals and how they evolved and is a great introduction to evolution for young children. Continue reading

New Mexico Space and Science, Part I: Spaceport America

The WhiteKnightTwo in its hangar at Spaceport America. Image courtesy Virgin Galactic

Walter White and Bugs Bunny may be the unofficial mascots of New Mexico, but it’s visionaries like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and the folks at Spaceport America that are taking a left turn at Albuquerque and turning the empty deserts they find there into the Cape Canaveral of the Southwest. 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

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?

Volume 1

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