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Kids Need to Learn to Code: Here’s How to Do It Right

Learn to Code

It’s Hour of Code time!

No matter their interests, Kids will find fun in coding

Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist
Originally Posted June 2017

My motivation came from a workshop. THE workshop in my career that changed everything. One Saturday afternoon in Holyoke, Massachusetts in January 2015, I was going to learn to code.

I went into the workshop convinced I was going to be clueless. What did I know about coding? My last attempt was in 1988 when I saw a blinking cursor on a screen and had to write in lines of code to make the … READ MORE

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How to Shop Confidently for Educational and STEM Toys

STEM Toys

We know many of you are already thinking about holiday shopping … or at least are looking for some fun STEM toys for your Nerds in these last weeks of summer vacation. So, as you scan the many STEM toy offerings out there, take our Imperfect Dad’s advice in his first article for Parent.co, and look beyond the popular STEM toys’ label before you buy!

Excerpt from Parent.co

Beware of STEM-Washing

As I walked the three-story labyrinth of more than 1,100 exhibitors at the Toy Industry Association’s 2017 Toy Fair in New York City, I got the feeling that every … READ MORE

Science & Tech

Spring into STEM: How To Fortify Your Nerds with Science and Math in a Garden Classroom

 

STEM Garden

Dirt covered the table. Dirt covered my son’s hair. Dirt covered everything. While I wanted to be annoyed, I really wasn’t. It was all in the name of learning – and growing food in our new garden.

While trowels and compost may not seem like obvious tools for teaching science, vegetable gardens can be incredible classrooms. That day, my son was learning about the life cycle of plants while we started tomato seeds.

The best part is that gardening provides the potential for kids of all ages to learn. While my three-year-old is just beginning to learn the basics, … READ MORE

Nerds In Real Life Science & Tech

Nerd Profile: Not Your Typical Storytelling Scientist

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What happens when you cross a kick-boxing foodie with a passion for scientific discovery? You get Science.Sam.

Sam Yammine, aka Science Sam, is a PHD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto studying how stem cells build and maintain the brain. She has a passion for science and telling stories.

If science had a Nike commercial, there is no doubt that Science.Sam would be its star.

When she’s not making discoveries in the lab, Science.Sam is sharing her passion for science, profiling fellow scientists, and inspiring other science Nerds through a series of … 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

Engineering Product & Book Reviews Science & Tech

How to Extend the Magic of Santa by Appealing to the STEM/STEAM Side of Kids’ Curious Minds

How to Extend the Magic of Santa by Appealing to the STEM/STEAM Side of Kids’ Curious Minds

Are your kids at that age when their curiosity has them pondering the truth about Santa Claus? Raising Nerd’s Imperfect Dad is in this situation and was wondering how much longer he could stave off a potentially harsh reality for his inquisitive 7- and 9-year-old Nerdlings. In our first-ever guest post courtesy of We’ll Eat You Up, We Love You So  blog, he decides to continue nurturing their imaginations and holiday spirit with – you guess it – a heavy dose of STEM/STEAM and Rifftrax Live! He hopes to extend the magic of Santa and that wily Elf on … READ MORE