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Engineering

Meet Matthew Reinhart and His Amazing Paper Art

Taking Story-Telling and Origami to a Whole New Level

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“I think everyone is born an artist – we just forget it or lose confidence as we get older because we think we aren’t good enough. Kids don’t have those art hang-ups. I envy them!”

– Matthew Reinhart

 

Even before they get to preschool or elementary art class, our kids have explored and expressed their creativity through paper. They’ve feverishly scribbled with crayons into coloring books (and, sometimes, onto walls, furniture, and family pets), made collages with construction paper, and dipped curious fingers into paints to turn blank sheets … READ MORE

Inventors

How This Psychotherapist Went From A Steady Practice to Invent A Toy to Breakdown the Gender Barrier … For Boys

Meet the Inventor: Laurel Wider of Wonder Crew

How This Psychotherapist Gave Up her Steady Practice to Invent A Toy to Breakdown the Gender Barrier ... For Boys

“As a mother to a son and as a psychotherapist, I felt it was time to move beyond gender stereotypes and address the developmental needs of the whole child.”

 

We continue our celebration of National Inventors Month at Raising Nerd with a profile of Laurel Wider: mom, psychotherapist, and superhero inventor! I met this mild-mannered, toy innovator and founder of Wonder Crew at Toy Fair back in February.

After seeing so many other Toy Fair displays of action figures, battlebots, Minions, drones, and other toys appealing to the rowdier, aggressive side … READ MORE

Science & Tech

How to Explore Your World and Save the Planet with Social Entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau (Part 2)

How to Explore Your World and Save the Planet with Social Entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau

Grandson of Filmmaking Legend Jacques Cousteau Explains How Empowering Young Science Activists is Good for Business and Critical for Survival

 

Last week, in Part I of his Nerd Profile, Philippe Cousteau told us about his background and early influences, and we learned how they inspired his:

  • Passion for environmental conservation and other causes that impact women, children, and families around the world
  • The founding of EarthEcho International; and
  • His diverse work in broadcasting, filmmaking, and online media.

Here in Part II, you’ll learn more about how this explorer, media personality, and respected environmental advocate approaches new challenges, advises … READ MORE

Science & Tech

How to Explore Your World and Save the Planet with Social Entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau

Grandson of Filmmaking Legend Jacques Cousteau Explains How Empowering Young Science Activists is Good for Business and Critical for SurvivalHow to Explore Your World and Save the Planet with Social Entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau

 


“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.”

  Jacque Cousteau, Explorer, Conservationist & Filmmaker


Growing up before the Internet and 500 channels of digital HD cable existed, there were basically three ways most Nerds (or any kid like me) accessed and explored the mysteries of the natural world beyond their local ecosystem. If my friends and I wanted to see something more … READ MORE

Product & Book Reviews

MindWare Toys & Games Unboxing

Nerd Reviews: MindWare Unboxing

I covered as much ground as I could at Toy Fair last month (here’s my roundup, ICYMI) and probably saw more creative science-related toys and games in two days than my kids have played with in their entire lives. Although it’s taken us some time for me to follow up with every exhibitor whose STEM products piqued my curiosity (and that list is LONG), this week, I received my first products to consider for honest Raising Nerd reviews.

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First, a big “thank you” goes to the good people at MindWare, maker of “brainy … READ MORE

Science & Tech

Spring into STEM: How To Fortify Your Nerds with Science and Math in a Garden Classroom

 

STEM Garden

Dirt covered the table. Dirt covered my son’s hair. Dirt covered everything. While I wanted to be annoyed, I really wasn’t. It was all in the name of learning – and growing food in our new garden.

While trowels and compost may not seem like obvious tools for teaching science, vegetable gardens can be incredible classrooms. That day, my son was learning about the life cycle of plants while we started tomato seeds.

The best part is that gardening provides the potential for kids of all ages to learn. While my three-year-old is just beginning to learn the basics, … READ MORE