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Product & Book Reviews

Meet LEGO Boost: The New Robot on the Block

LEGO Boost Review

LEGO Boost Review:
Making STEM Learning Fun and Nerdy


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If you’re looking for a terrific way to get kids excited about engineering, coding and science, LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox is the perfect entry point.


Looking for a fast, easy and fun way to get into robotics? Meet LEGO Boost, the new LEGO robotics system that allows you to build and code as easy as snapping a few bricks together. With the LEGO system of play and the new Bluetooth-enabled LEGO Move Hub, you can build endless combinations … READ MORE

Nerds In Real Life

Nerd Job Alert: Defender of the Earth from Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion

NASA To Hire Full-Time Officer In Charge of Preventing Alien Invasion and to Make Some Lucky Nerd A Legend at Their High School Reunion

Growing up as a Nerd has never been easy but now you can prove your high school classmates and guidance counselor wrong: fighting an alien invasion is now a real career.

Thanks to NASA’s latest job opening, you can now apply to be a Planetary Protection Officer.

As first reported by Business Insider and according to the job description on USAJobs.gov, NASA has an opening for a “planetary protection officer,” or PPO, and pays an … READ MORE

Science & Tech

How to Get the Most of The Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

 

On August 21, the United States will be witness to an event that hasn’t happened in 99 years, a total solar eclipse that will span across the entire North America!

“An eclipse was never on my list of things to do, but after seeing two of them, it should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Astronomer and Deputy Director of Science Communication. “When you see the sun being covered up by the moon and these little balls in space line up, it doesn’t look like a sky from this planet. It looks like something that … READ MORE

Science & Tech

Kids Need to Learn to Code: Here’s How to Do It Right

Learn to Code

 

No matter their interests, Kids will find fun in coding

Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist

My motivation came from a workshop. THE workshop in my career that changed everything. One Saturday afternoon in Holyoke, Massachusetts in January 2015, I was going to learn to code.

I went into the workshop convinced I was going to be clueless. What did I know about coding? My last attempt was in 1988 when I saw a blinking cursor on a screen and had to write in lines of code to make the computer work. Didn’t innovation and my new Macbook … READ MORE

Reviews

When it comes to a STEM Toy, Mindware Is On the Right Track

STEM Toy Review: MindWare Q-BA-Maze

Stem Toy

 

One recent rainy, soccer-free Saturday, RocketteGirl, Lightning McQueen, and I took the opportunity to liven up our dreary confinement by opening a new box of building blocks from MindWare. These weren’t just any ordinary blocks, of course. They were MindWare’s multi-colored, Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Ultimate Stunt Set marble run blocks. A perfect STEM Toy to entertain the kids on a rainy day.

The TV-sized box had been sitting under our makerspace table since late-March, patiently waiting for us to finally find some free time to test it out. The good people at MindWare … READ MORE

Nerding

Join the Maker Movement That Will One Day Change the World

Guest Post: #AndysTechGarage

 

Maker Movement

Nerds Descend on San Francisco to Amaze and Entertain

This weekend San Francisco will be treated to an amazing display of innovation, creativity and pure Maker joy. As part of the growing Maker movement, artists, software designers, 3D print experts, painters and engineers of all ages will descend on what can only be described as a celebration of creative awesomeness: The Maker Faire: Bay Area 2017 (May 19-21).

Children and adults alike will be having fun while learning and developing their own mechanical and technical skills. All this, while they are flexing their intellectual muscles.

 … READ MORE