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Raising Nerd Profile: The STEM Champion for Women & Girls of Color

In at least one way, Trina Fletcher is a lot like her mother. She’s a very busy and driven woman. But her love for STEM and helping others has set her on her own path.

After growing up in rural Arkansas, raised by a single mom who worked full-time, Trina earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master’s in operations management from the University of Arkansas. She interned with Norfolk State University, Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, and Kellogg’s. And she also completed the Global Operations Leadership Development program with Johnson & … READ MORE

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How to Extend the Magic of Santa by Appealing to the STEM/STEAM Side of Kids’ Curious Minds

How to Extend the Magic of Santa by Appealing to the STEM/STEAM Side of Kids’ Curious Minds

Are your kids at that age when their curiosity has them pondering the truth about Santa Claus? Raising Nerd’s Imperfect Dad is in this situation and was wondering how much longer he could stave off a potentially harsh reality for his inquisitive 7- and 9-year-old Nerdlings. In our first-ever guest post courtesy of We’ll Eat You Up, We Love You So  blog, he decides to continue nurturing their imaginations and holiday spirit with – you guess it – a heavy dose of STEM/STEAM and Rifftrax Live! He hopes to extend the magic of Santa and that wily Elf on … READ MORE

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Carving out a Makerspace for Your Nerds at Home

Today, the cool word is ‘maker.’ It’s a little part of our DNA and we’ve somehow forgotten how to do it. We became consumers vs. makers. I would encourage parents to give their kids a creative corner or a designated space to be messy and create.”
David Yakos, Co-Owner, Director of Creativity, Mad Scientist, Inventor at Salient Technologies

Discovery Elementary’s first annual PumpkinFest was a hit. Besides bringing our local community together for colorful Halloween fun, games and good food, it highlighted something my Nerds’ school does very well. It not only encourages creative problem-solving, but also READ MORE

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Join the Maker Movement This Weekend at Barnes & Noble

For the second year, Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Maker Faire to bring the maker movement to you. The Mini Maker Faire brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and Makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft ideas and science fair project ideas, hear the experts, and work on projects.

Find out more here: Barnes & Noble Maker Faire Home. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #NerdMakers in your Instagram postings so we can see your amazing creations!

Details:
November 5 & 6
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Got Creative Kids? Find Great Hands-On STEAM Activity at Maker Events and Odyssey of the Mind

Like the fledgling universe after the Big Bang, Maker events can be a bit chaotic. But that’s only because of all the energy created by the swarms of curious and excited kids (and their satellite parents) clustering around robots, 3D printers, and a diversity of other experimental crafts and STEM mini-projects.

The enormous power and thrills generated by these moments of creative, hands-on learning are fuel for a lifetime’s worth of discovery and success.

With all our soccer games washed out this past weekend by three days of rain, my wife, Stylin’ IT Momma (not her real name), and I READ MORE

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Nerd-Inspiring Book Review: What If? and Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe

As a Nerd and a Nerd-builder, myself, my beach read this summer was Randall Munroe’s New York Times best-selling What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. What can I say? When I have quiet time on an airplane (or “sky boat,” in Thing Explainer parlance) or the beach, I like to stretch my brain. It relaxes me.

On the recommendation of another Nerd parent, I also bought Munroe’s follow-up book Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words.

If you don’t already know Munroe’s science question-and-answer blog What If and webcomic xkcd, I encourage you to READ MORE