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What We Learned at New York Toy Fair

Nerd toys continue to trend at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

Nerd toys continue to trend at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

 

During the holidays we published our Raising Nerd Wish List, a shopping guide for parents looking for the best Nerd toys and books for their Nerds. Last month, Raising Nerd’s Imperfect Dad traveled to a place where those wishes come true: New York Toy Fair 2017.

For the past 114 years, the Toy Industry Association’s North American International Toy Fair has welcomed thousands of toy manufacturers, mass and specialty retailers, distributors, importers, and inventors from nearly 100 countries. The first Toy Fair in 1903 included fewer … READ MORE

Engineering

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

Product & Book Reviews

Here We Go Again: Time To Plan Your Nerd’s Summer Camp

CuriousGroundhog Day was just last week, but we parents already know what time it is regardless of Punxsutawney Phil’s predicting we’re in for another six weeks of winter. It’s summer camp sign-up season!

For a few weeks now, parents across the country have been organizing their summer calendars and scrambling to get online as soon as that perfect drama or nature camp’s registration goes “live.”

Oh, were you five minutes late registering? Say hello to the waiting list and move on to the next sleep-away or day camp’s website to try, try again.

A Wealth of Options for Summer Camp

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Science & Tech

Meet the Saturn V Rocket – NASA’s Big Rocket

In 1961, President Kennedy pushed for America to go to the Moon by the end of the decade. To do so, NASA was going to need a big rocket: The Saturn V.

Now NASA wants to go to Mars and once again, it’s going big. Real big!

Learn what it took to get to the Moon and how NASA is doing it again as they prepare for Mars.

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Creativity Product & Book Reviews

Nerd Book Review: I Am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer

Henson2Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets made their debut with Sesame Street on November 10, 1969, just six months after I made my own debut into the world. Like millions of other parents, who are about my age now, I grew up with Jim Henson, Kermit, Grover and Big Bird.

By the time I’d outgrown Sesame Street, Henson’s creatures had moved into prime-time, network TV with The Muppet Show, and helped usher me, laughing and dreaming, through adolescence to adulthood.

The worlds Henson created are ones we’ve all, at one time or another in our lives, wished we could inhabit. … READ MORE

Creativity Nerds In Real Life

Raising Nerd Profile: The Storyteller

What does it take to write a bestselling thriller? For Brad Meltzer, it takes a passion for storytelling and a whole lot of paranoia.

Meltzer is, of course, the author of #1 New York Times bestselling books The Inner CircleThe Book of Fate, and nine other thrillers. His latest is The House of Secrets, which explores a historical mystery surrounding George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Meltzer’s novels are the perfect combination of history, law, and mystery he loves so much.

I never thought about writing as a skill until my 9th grade English teacher changed my

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