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Unleashing the Power of Play & Curiosity

Raising Nerd, Play, Curiosity, Fun, STEAM, STEM Learning

After nearly six years of silence, a beacon in the realm of playful learning and curiosity-driven exploration flickers to life once more. Today marks not just the relaunch but the grand reawakening of Raising Nerd—a sanctuary for the inquisitively spirited, a forge for tomorrow’s innovators, and a testament to the timeless bond between play and discovery.

Forget Coding: MIT Study Reveals the Real Brain Booster for Kids!”

Why Music Education Might Be the Best Brain Hack for Kids (and Adults!). In the maze of modern education, where coding and tech skills dominate the conversation, an intriguing twist from MIT might just tune your perspective: music education could be your child’s secret ticket to a brainpower boost! Yes, forget those beeps and boops of coding; let’s strike a chord with some good old-fashioned music making. Who knew that jamming on a keyboard could turbocharge your kid’s brain better than any coding class? Inspired by giants like Mozart—and backed by cutting-edge MIT research—music education is not just about hitting notes. It’s about hitting higher cognitive skills, emotional depth, and maybe even genius-level creativity. This is an overview of Music Education for Nerds.

How To Make It An Epic STEAM Summer

Ah, summer – that magical time when the days stretch out like a lazy cat in the sun, beckoning us outdoors with a siren call of adventure and, let’s be honest, a healthy dose of mischief. So, buckle up, intrepid explorers, as we embark on an epic quest to uncover the Top 16 STEM Exploration Toys that promise not just a summer filled with epic adventures.

The Best STEAM Kits to Spark Creativity and Learning

At Raising Nerd, we believe that everyone has an inner inventor just waiting to break out. That’s why we’ve scoured the globe to bring you the best engineering kits that promise to spark both creativity and a love for learning. Whether you’re shopping for a budding young scientist or a seasoned tinkerer, our guide has something to get everyone’s gears turning!

Why This One Trait is Your Kid’s Secret to Success!

Today, we’re diving into a trait that’s not just beneficial but essential for nurturing the next generation of brilliant thinkers and innovators. Yes, we’re talking about curiosity—that magical spark that propels young minds from “Oops!” to “Aha!”

For Creativity: Instructions Need Not Apply – Updated

Like with all her other art projects, as GirlTastic tackles the kitchen, her adventurous spirit and creative experimentation amaze me, once again. To be honest, some of her early cupcakes were almost inedible. But we didn’t let that stop her. As she continues to explore different ingredients and flavors, however, she seems to have found her stride. The treats not only look incredible, but also taste pretty darn good. In the end, creativity has no rules or boundaries. Continue to push your own Nerds into new and exciting directions and you’ll be amazed at what they discover and create.

Raising Nerd Profile: The Disney Imagineer

I’ve known Matt Conover for nearly my entire life and I’ve always been amazed by the sheer joy he projects when he’s working. From high school through college, to the present day as he continues to produce some of the biggest live entertainment events in the world, Matt’s creative zeal and love for his job have always shined through. His enthusiasm is truly contagious.

So, if your Nerd has ever wondered what it takes to become a Disney Imagineer and what it’s like to work with some of the smartest, most talented people in entertainment, please join us for our latest Nerd Profile: The Disney Imagineer.

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?” Here are five easy – and cheap – ways to get your Nerd-to-be started on his or her own way:

Welcome to Nerd: Confessions of a Clueless Dad

My son is a Nerd. Full on science, technology and engineering Nerd. And I couldn’t be prouder.

But I am a Clueless Dad. A liberal arts majoring, marketing and communications professional that hasn’t the foggiest idea of how a rocket ship takes off. (I still believe that it has something to do with a NASA engineer lighting a fuse at the bottom of a rocket like in the Marvin the Martian cartoons). And though I love my son’s enthusiasm and passion for all things Nerdy, I can honestly say that I rarely understand what the heck he’s talking about most of the time.

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