For those of you with budding scientists at home, the Lab4U app collection lets kids conduct real science experiments with just their phone. No WIFI required! The collection currently features two apps, Lab4Physics app and Lab4Chemistry, both of which use the sensors on your phone (in the camera, speakers, and other hardware) to measure variables like speed, velocity, sound waves, gravity or even to calculate the concentrations of chemical solutions. To be clear, these apps aren’t educational games. They actually transform your smartphone into the scientific instruments needed to perform real experiments, with step-by-step instructions on how to complete them. Once you record your data and the results...Read More
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It’s amazing to see just how quickly some fantastic app developers have created political apps to help more people get involved in the political process, connect to your elected representatives, and make a difference, one voter at a time. The truth is, signing petitions or form letters may make you feel good (especially when you share the info on Facebook), but they’re about the lowest impact action you can take. Some petitions are actually little more than fundraising efforts for organizations or even politicians. The most effective thing you can do to register concerns is to show up in person at meetings or town...Read More
Calling all STEM lovers: Here’s how to get free storytelling lessons for kids from Khan Academy and Pixar.
Well this is cool, parents! Khan Academy is partnering with Disney and Pixar to offer free online classes in storytelling for kids of all ages to show them how STEM helps make movies. The initiative is called Pixar in a Box, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to get kids thinking outside the box. Or Inside Out of the box? Heh. The videos walk you through the Pixar studios while actual Pixar employees talk about how ideas become art become movies. We meet the real people behind our favorite stories and learn where Pixar had challenges–which is great for my kids to see, because...Read More
I was so thrilled to discover this resource guide from the Library of Congress that’s full of a variety of primary source materials that document the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations through our country’s history. It’s such a fantastic wealth of information to help you talk to your kids about this important day. You’ll find information on every single President, including interesting factoids and trivia, plus images of everything from their inaugural address to photos of their procession, to newspaper clippings and lots more. That’s Abraham Lincoln’s actual inaugural address (below) And that’s Teddy Roosevelt taking the oath (top). You don’t...Read More
There are only a few speeches in history as iconic and as widely quoted as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but how many of us have actually listened to the whole thing? So today, to honor Dr. King and his powerful words, here’s his speech, in its entirety, courtesy of NPR. If you can’t listen, you’ll find the full transcript as well, but there’s something to be said about hearing his voice speak them. We hope you can find a quiet moment to play this for yourself and your kids. Get more fantastic MLK Day resources for...Read More
We all know that access to expansive STEM education is essential for kids growing up today. It not only introduces what are now the basic skills needed to thrive in a high-tech world, but it has the potential to open up unlimited career opportunities to those kids who find their passion lies in areas like science, coding, math — and even music, graphic design, filmmaking, and really, problem solving of all kinds. So I am really taken with the work of the i.am.angel foundation, founded by musician, producer, entrepreneur and committed philanthropist, will.i.am. And in honor of Giving Tuesday, I hope it will be another worthy, impactful foundation...Read More
Web Coolness: Free Minecraft coding tutorials, Twitter cracks down on harassment, and an app to teach kids empathy
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 10 fantastic online resources for curious kids, all of them free! Even cooler stuff you can do with Tripit: rate your flight right from their mobile app! Fun: Free Minecraft coding tutorials created for Hour of Code. Twitter finally rolls out their anti-harassment tools. The world’s largest Lego store just opened and whoa. This fantastic app for kids teaches them empathy and self-reflection. It’s here! The new Star Trek clothing line from Think Geek and Her Universe....Read More
We’re so thrilled about the news that Duck Duck Moose, makers of some of the best preschool apps we’ve seen, will be joining Khan Academy. This means, parents will now have access to their apps for free. Yes, free! Related: 12 of the best educational apps for preschoolers If you’re not familiar with Khan Academy, get ready to add it to your bookmarks. This free, educational website is a fantastic resource and learning tool for big kids, teens, and adults, and now, for little kids too, with the addition of the Duck Duck Moose apps, many of which we’ve featured...Read More
Even with school out for summer, that doesn’t mean learning has to go on vacation too. If you’ve got a computer-crazy kid who’s interested in the creativity that comes from learning to code, there are so many great resources online. You can always start with your local youth service programs which may be offering coding camps right in your town. But if you’re looking for something a little more digital, I’ve put together some of the best online coding camps for kids of all ages. Connected Camps Created by three women with tech backgrounds, Connected Camps offer week-long sessions for themes like Game Design,...Read More
Yes, we went with the slightly sanitized version on the name, because this is a family show here. But that doesn’t take away from how much we love the hilarious, crazy-popular FB page turned full-fledged blog, I F’ing Love Science, also known as IFLScience. Created four years ago by Elise Andrew, a 26-year-old British blogger and biology nut, IFLScience (let’s just go with that name when the kids are around?) basically highlights the wild and wonderful world of science with a huge serving of funny on the side. It’s all about breaking down fascinating facts in an “amusing and accessible” way. And it’s...Read More
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