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When it comes to a STEM Toy, Mindware Is On the Right Track

STEM Toy Review: MindWare Q-BA-Maze

Stem Toy

 

One recent rainy, soccer-free Saturday, RocketteGirl, Lightning McQueen, and I took the opportunity to liven up our dreary confinement by opening a new box of building blocks from MindWare. These weren’t just any ordinary blocks, of course. They were MindWare’s multi-colored, Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Ultimate Stunt Set marble run blocks. A perfect STEM Toy to entertain the kids on a rainy day.

The TV-sized box had been sitting under our makerspace table since late-March, patiently waiting for us to finally find some free time to test it out. The good people at MindWare … READ MORE

Nerding

Join the Maker Movement That Will One Day Change the World

Guest Post: #AndysTechGarage

 

Maker Movement

Nerds Descend on San Francisco to Amaze and Entertain

This weekend San Francisco will be treated to an amazing display of innovation, creativity and pure Maker joy. As part of the growing Maker movement, artists, software designers, 3D print experts, painters and engineers of all ages will descend on what can only be described as a celebration of creative awesomeness: The Maker Faire: Bay Area 2017 (May 19-21).

Children and adults alike will be having fun while learning and developing their own mechanical and technical skills. All this, while they are flexing their intellectual muscles.

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Nerding

How STEAM Learning makes a big impact in the classroom and the real world

Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist

STEAM Learning In honor of Educator Appreciation Week, Our Favorite Tech Teacher Has Some Sharp Lessons on STEAM Learning

Outside the windows of room C-107 is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices.

Inside, is a classroom dynamic built on project-based learning – solving world problems by investigating and responding to authentic, engaging and complex questions, problems, and challenges through open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

Students and teachers participating in STEAM learning make more real-life connections.

STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) combines real-world problem-solving with project-based learning across … 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

Engineering Nerds In Real Life

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

Nerds In Real Life Science & Tech

Nerd Profile: The Space Explorer (Part I)

David during environmental testing of New Horizons spacecraft at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), October 3, 2005. APL uses GSFC’s large thermal vacuum chamber to simulate the space environment, and its acoustic testing chamber to subject spacecraft to sound levels experienced during launch, which cause mechanical vibrations in the spacecraft. David during environmental testing of New Horizons spacecraft at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), October 3, 2005. APL uses GSFC’s large thermal vacuum chamber to simulate the space environment, and its acoustic testing chamber to subject spacecraft to sound levels experienced during launch, which cause mechanical vibrations in the spacecraft.

David Kusnierkiewicz is the Chief Engineer of the Space Exploration Sector of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL), where he’s worked for more than 33 years. David studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, earning his B.S in 1976 and M.S. in 1982.  Since then, he’s taken a … READ MORE