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Nerds In Real Life

Star Wars Week: Learn to Take Your Passion and Make Movie Magic

Storytelling with Industrial Light & Magic’s Tim Alexander

Star Wars Movie Magic

Originally posted on May 4, 2017

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 … READ MORE

Inventors

Young Inventors Find Success in Serious Play at The Chicago Toy & Game Show

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”           

– Mr. Rogers

 

Every year, toy and game companies spend small fortunes researching, testing and retesting kids to better understand their play habits in the hopes of finding and creating the next big thing. That cool new toy that every kid must have. Or the amazing new game that everyone is talking about. But leave it to two young inventors to do it on their first try!

Meet Olivia Wasilewski and Bryanna Siewers, fifth graders from Palos … READ MORE

Product & Book Reviews

Kids Daily Planner Gets Your Creative Nerds Psyched About Their Future – One Day at a Time

Kids Daily Planner

Some of the other Nationial Geographic KIDS books my Nerds have acquired at school book fairs the past few years.

National Geographic Kids Daily Planner Helps Busy Kids
Get Creative and Organized in a New Old-Fashioned Way

Summary

Now that my Nerds are back to school, everyone’s hectic schedule has gotten even more so. Managing my girls’ Tae Kwon Do schedules was tough enough over the mostly relaxing summer. With the fall session in full swing, we’ve now added soccer practices and games, PTA meetings, choir performances, ice cream socials, fall festivals, field trip/permission slip deadlines, birthday parties, play dates, … READ MORE

Engineering Nerds In Real Life

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

Inventors Nerds In Real Life

From Creative Kid to World-Class Inventor

Inventor David Yakos on why creativity is so importantIn honor of April being National Inventor’s Month, we’ve put together a series of amazing stories and posts on everyday and legendary inventors that are or have made an impact on our lives. This story of a creative kid that grew up to become an even more creative adult, originally appeared on Raising Nerd in November 2016 and it serves as a perfect example of how a little inspiration at a very young age can have a lifetime of influence.

Nerd on!

From Creative Kid to World-Class Inventor

At the age of five, David Yakos’ mom had an instinct about … READ MORE

Product & Book Reviews

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