STEM Toy Review: MindWare Q-BA-Maze
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
Guest Post: #AndysTechGarage
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.
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Science.Sam, Reveals Her Secrets to The Science Life to Help Other Future Scientists Achieve Their Dream Job
GUEST POST: The Science Life with Science.Sam
If you had asked 6 year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer would’ve been “a scientist!” At the time I was perhaps more excited by the bangs and whistles of chemistry and astronomy as opposed to the biology I now study for my PhD, but my love of science started early and has never wavered.
But it has been challenged. A lot!
I was the first in my family to … READ MORE
Professional Tinkerer, Adam Hocherman’s Marbleocity
Ignites The Imagination Using Crazy Physics of
The Rube Goldberg Machine
In the recesses of my kid memory, one of the coolest short films produced by Jim Henson during the first two years of Sesame Street was the marble run. It depicted a red ball traveling along a metal track and through various trios of obstacles.
For a child, of course, there was some educational benefit to the repetition of counting 1-2-3 as the ball zigged and zagged its way to the finish line (There was more than one version, both with surprise endings, … READ MORE
Celebrating Star Wars Day with Industrial Light & Magic’s Tim Alexander
When the first Star Wars film (Episode IV: A New Hope), hit theaters in 1977, it was an instant hit. With a budget of just $11 million, this simple story of good versus evil brought science fiction into the mainstream with a box office blowout of over $775 million. So, what made this new space epic so popular? Three simple elements: great story, a strong supporting cast, and unbelievable special and visual effects like nobody had seen before.
Forty years, (currently) eight movies, countless television episodes, hundreds … READ MORE
Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist
In honor of Educator Appreciation Week, Our Favorite Tech Teacher Has Some Sharp Lessons on STEAM Learning
Outside the windows of room C-107 is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices.
Inside, is a classroom dynamic built on project-based learning – solving world problems by investigating and responding to authentic, engaging and complex questions, problems, and challenges through open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
Students and teachers participating in STEAM learning make more real-life connections.
STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) combines real-world problem-solving with project-based learning across … READ MORE