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Spotting the ISS: Just Look to the Sky for Inspiration

International space Station

How A Thunderstorm and The International Space Station
Turned A Swim Meet Upside Down

Most people think that you need a high-powered telescope to spot the International Space Station, but believe it or not, it’s much easier than you think.

It was pushing 9pm, the final swim meet of the season was only half over, and we’d already been at the pool for more than 4 hours due, in part, to a half-hour “thunder delay” and deluge that hit during warm-ups. My girls were tired, hungry, but still eagerly anticipating the second of their two races each on the night.… READ MORE

Science & Tech

Superhero Science: What Every Nerd Needs To Know to be a hero

A Comic-Con Special: Unmasking the The Secrets of Comic Book Physics

Superhero Science

From Spiderman’s web-slinging to The Flash’s super intense metabolism, Superhero Science continues to inspire Nerds.

When you think of Comic-Con, you might think of characters from the Marvel or DC Comics universe and the many summer blockbuster action movies they’ve spawned. Or you might think sci-fi, which has its own comics following and is no slouch when it comes to blockbusters – cough…Star Wars…cough.

Then again, if you’re like University of Minnesota physics Professor James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, you just … 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

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

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

Science & Tech

Dear stressed out science student: here are the answers to your questions about #sciencelife.

Science.Sam, Reveals Her Secrets to The Science Life to Help Other Future Scientists Achieve Their Dream Job

Science Life

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