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Homopolar Motor: Clean Energy Science Project for 5th Grade

Homopolar Motor: Clean Energy Science Project for 5th Grade

This video that we saw on The Kid Should See This prompted me to buy the supplies to try this at home with my son:

Supply List for Homopolar Motor

I bought the wrong magnets so I would suggest you buy this smaller one instead. It’s less expensive too! Read more…

Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21)

Countdown: My #3 Most Popular Post of 2015

Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21)

Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21) is my #3 most popular post of 2015. I remember that this post didn’t get much traffic when I first posted it. I continued to add to the post as readers gave me suggestions and one day, much later, it took off after I made this image and posted in Pinterest. Back then, Pinterest favored square images. Now Pinterest likes portrait rectangular sized images.





Really Cool Science Videos for Your Kids Curated by My Son

Really Cool Science Videos for Your Kids Curated by My Son

My son and I watched dozens of videos from The Kid Should See This to find our four favorites:

  • Watch how plants explode their seeds.
  • If you play soccer or basketball, you’ll love this video on backspin called the Magnus Effect.
  • I want a tree liks this: a tree with forty kinds of fruit! It’s an edible artwork!
  • Can you make a cloud in your MOUTH? You can! Just watch!

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DIY Electro Dough Kit: A Great Science Kit

DIY Electro Dough Kit: A Great Science Kit

My son has been trying out new STEM toys recently. This is the second kit Technology Will Save Us sent us: DIY Electro Dough Kit. He also tried out the DIY Gamer Kit , ARCKit, Snap Circuits, and Sphero.

DIY Electro Dough Kit: A Great Science Kit

Out of all these kits, I think my son liked the DIY Electro Dough Kit the most. It’s also the least expensive out of the different things he tried, at $30 for the kit.

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STEM Engineering Toy Car to Build

STEM Engineering Toy Car to Build

Meccano Mountain Rally 25 ModelMy son tried out the Meccano Mountain Rally 25 Model Set. He likes to assemble things but hasn’t really had a lot of opportunity to use tools so I thought that would be fun for him.

mecanno toy

It’s a kit with a lot mechanical pieces and a detailed instruction manual on how to assemble it. My son likes to follow the directions to the letter the first time around, and then he will disassemble the toy and rebuild it free-form.
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Processing: Coding for Kids

Processing: Coding for Kids

This week is Computer Science Education Week! I have been trying to get my 11-year-old son to program as a way to combat his love of screen time. It turns out that he likes making his own games so it’s a win-win situation.

learning scratch in 3rd grade

We started off when he was in third grade — he’s now in 5th grade — with a small group of boys learning Scratch with a high school student who tutored them. When the boys mastered Scratch, their tutor moved them to Processing, which is a version of Java (as I understand it). Read more…

Left Brain STEM Toys for Kids

Left Brain STEM Toys for Kids

Jeanette and I love doing the Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids list. She is taking the Right Brain art toys today and I’m tackling Left Brain STEM toys with a math or science bent. Is that even right? I looked it up from About Education:

The Right Brain

According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Expressing emotions
  • Music
  • Reading emotions
  • Color
  • Images
  • Intuition
  • Creativity

The Left Brain

The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language, and analytical thinking. The left-brain is described as being better at:

  • Language
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Numbers
  • Reasoning

Recent research has shown that abilities in subjects such as math are strongest when both halves of the brain work together. The upshot? Get both sides of your kids’ brains working! This is the last day of our gift giving series. Thanks for reading them!

November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids  (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: HersMine)

STEM Toys for Kids

Anatomically Correct Dolls with STEM Careers!

Are you seeking an anti-Barbie doll that is anatomically correct thus subliminally sending a message of body acceptance to your kids? You might like the Lottie dolls!

Fossil Hunter Lottie Doll, $25

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DIY Gamer Kit STEM Toy

DIY Gamer Kit STEM Toy

I thought my son would enjoy the STEM toys from Technology Will Save Us, so I was thrilled when they offered me two kits. As soon as they arrived, my son wanted to build the DIY Gamer Kit in which you build your own remote control. We opted for the version with the parts already soldered in as my husband thought soldering might be too dangerous for our 10-year-old son.

DIY Gamer STEM Toy

My son looked for the instructions in box and was puzzled not to find any. Instead, he figured out that he needed to go to their website to watch video tutorials.

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Viewing the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Boston

Viewing the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Boston

Did you catch the supermoon lunar eclipse this past September 27th, 2015? It’s a supermoon and a lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’ happening at the same time. It was visible around much of the planet in a rare celestial event. The last one was in 1982 and the next one is in 2033.
Bloodmoon super moon lunar eclipse Boston

We watched it here a few miles west of Boston. My iPhone images weren’t great but my friend Stella shared the photo her daughter Sam took.

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