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Raising Nerd Profile: The Engineering Professor

Hey, Nerd builders, it’s International Engineering Day! In honor of this Nerd-inspired “holiday,” we’re throwing our ultra-high-lumen, career spotlight on engineering professor Dr. Ethan Danahy.

Raising Nerd Profile: Engineering ProfessorDr. Danahy is a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), a group that’s been around for 20 years exploring methodologies and tools for improving engineering education, as well as exploring ways in which they can enhance education through the early introduction of engineering topics to K-12 students. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science within Tufts’ School of Engineering.

Dr. Danahy holds graduate READ MORE

Engineering Science & Tech

How to Fit STEAM Curriculum in When School’s Out

I Know What You Were Supposed to Do Last Summer Vacation: How to Fit STEAM Curriculum in When School’s Out
How to Fit STEAM Curriculum in When School’s Out

I admit it. This summer, I failed to print out the math review worksheets for RocketteGirl and Lightning McQueen.

I know, I know – bad dad! But, wait, hear me out.

Like most kids these days, when they weren’t at swim practice, Tae Kwon Do, or on fun trips with family, my rising 2nd- and 4th-grade girls’ summer schedules were packed with exhausting week-long, all-day camps.

Part of me regrets that I didn’t make more of an effort to have … READ MORE

Engineering

First LEGO League: Getting Started with LEGO Robotics

It was one of the most stressful moments I’ve faced as a parent.

My heart pounded so hard I could almost hear it through the noise thundering all around us. Sweat beaded on my brow. They were out there all by themselves and I felt helpless in not being able to help them. Had I prepared them well enough? Would they survive the pressure?

All I could do was…cheer them on.

Don’t worry, they weren’t in harm’s way. I was just coaching their robotics team in our First LEGO League State Championship.

My son, NerdBoy, and his teammate were … READ MORE

Engineering Product & Book Reviews

Nerd Product Review: Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate is a art & craft kit for kids that is delivered to you every month. Each kit contains 2 art, craft or science projects and each monthly subscription has a different theme. Kiwi Crate is a art & craft kit for kids that is delivered to you every month. Each kit contains 2 art, craft or science projects and each monthly subscription has a different theme.

Like many places across the country, summer in the Washington, DC, area has been oppressively hot. Too hot to ride their bikes, too hot for trips to the zoo, even too hot for the pool.

The regular 100-degree heat index has kept us mostly confined to indoor activities. In this situation, you quickly run out of movies worthy of a $50 theater visit (by the way, … READ MORE

Engineering Nerding

Our First College Visit – At Age 13?

The wife, kids and I just got back from visiting family in Maryland. While we were there on vacation, we decided to take a side-trip to Annapolis. I grew up not far from the quaint little state capital on the water, and I wanted to share some memories and old haunts with my kids. We window shopped, ate crabs, and bought goofy souvenirs. Of course, it’s not a trip to Annapolis without a tour of the US Naval Academy.

Earlier this year, NerdBoy joined up with the Civil Air Patrol, a great youth service organization run by the US … READ MORE

Creativity Engineering Science & Tech

Nerding: A Beginner’s Guide

In just a few short weeks, there’s been a great response to the launch of Raising Nerd, with lots of “interesting” feedback. One consistent response to our articles has been, “Yeah, that’s great, Clueless Dad, but your kid is already a Nerd (proud dad moment). How do we get our kids started on the path to Nerding?”

Have no fear, we have you covered!

It’s true; NerdBoy has always been a huge fan of science and engineering. His curiosity continues to drive him deeper into the exploration of the abyss of our universe, robotics, and beyond. The good news is … READ MORE