Tag: STEM

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Now with AI. And a sense of humor.

We’re big fans of Sphero, as you might guess considering we’ve featured lots of their cool tech toys here on Cool Mom Tech (BB-8 anyone?), so it’s no surprise we’re intrigued by their newest launch, Spider-Man. But unlike their other toys that move around, Spider-Man keeps you company without having to lift a finger. Or web. Related: Sphero 2.0 brings a whole new meaning to playing ball. This WIFI-connected interactive toy does everything from tell jokes to guard your room, all at your request. That’s right, just ask (or tell) Spider-Man what you need and he’ll take care of...

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Teach your girls (and boys) how to code with Wonder Woman.

If you’ve got budding coders and STEM lovers in your home, they can now practice their skills on a few scenes from Wonder Woman thanks to a new collaboration with DC Legends, Google Play, and Made With Code. Related: A cool STEM coding toy we had our kids put to the test Kids can head over to their website and check out this interactive coding project where they can code three scenes from the Wonder Woman movie. And, no high level skills needed; this is a great opp to encourage kids (especially girls) to give coding a try. With a...

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9 of the best educational YouTube channels for teens and tweens to help keep brains sharp this summer

There are so many cool educational channels on YouTube for tweens and teens, but I don’t think that a lot of parents think to open our YouTube app when we look for educational resources for our kids. But we should. Let’s put it this way: when I ask my kids if they want to watch a show, all hands reach for tablets. I’m always saying, “hey! I mean, on the TV! Together!” But the truth is, the videos on YouTube (and similar sites) are just how kids consume media these days. So why not blend entertainment and education when it comes to video watching? I find...

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The coolest STEM teacher gifts with a sense of humor

With my bigger kids in classes with more than one teacher now, particularly when it comes to the STEM subjects, I want to make sure they get as much thanks as their regular classroom teacher at the end of the year. And, let’s just say I’m pretty sure one of these hilarious t-shirts would do the trick. If you haven’t perused Look Human, I encourage you to take a few minutes and check out their offerings, particularly when it comes to teacher t-shirts and gifts. Here are a few of my favorites that I’m pretty sure your favorite STEM teacher...

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STEM swaddlers help future scientists know their barium from their boron

For a while, geek has been the new chic, and so I hardly know a new mom or dad who wouldn’t totally love this periodic table baby swaddler for their future genius. Designed by toddler mom Lynne Burton to keep herself from going crazy (we feel ya, Kim), the entire shop is filled with fun, gender-neutral baby gifts for future geniuses. Like a blanket covered with basic sight words — perfect for your competimommy friend’s shower! — or a gorgeous vintage alphabet. Related: 5 geeky baby onesies perfect for the newest little Zuckerberg I really like everything she offers. But there’s something about the prospect of...

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Mover Kit: A new wearable STEM coding toy we had our kids put to the test

You’ll find no shortage of STEM kits for kids these days, many of which, like Bitsbox and Little Passports’ new Science Expeditions (just to name a couple), we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. So, when our editor Kristen discovered the new Mover Kit, a wearable STEM coding toy, at Toy Fair this year, we wanted to have one of our kids use it to see if it’s really worth the $61 price tag. Related: 12 cool gifts for kids who love STEM The Mover Kit includes everything your child needs to build a LED light they can wear on their wrist (with a...

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Web Coolness: Uplifting news, a Netflix phishing scam, and how kids are making money selling slime

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Loving these science prints by John W. Golden on Etsy (affiliate) Watching movies and TV shows across all your Apple devices just got a whole lot easier. A cool way to breathe life into your kid’s LEGO creations. Whoa, this Netflix phishing scam is pretty sneaky. Kids are making a lot of money selling slime on Instagram. Here’s how to share your location on Google Maps. A 14-year old Latina girl is leading her team to the World...

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Web Coolness: Tattoos that turn you into cyborgs, issues with smart TVs, and the dangers of smart toys

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   The perfect shirt for STEM-loving feminists, just in time for International Women’s Day. How text alerts to parents are preventing kids from skipping school. Well, here’s one way to ensure people actually read a post before they comment. Turns out WhatsApp and Signal apps were never insecure or hacked by the CIA. Using crafts to get girls excited about STEM. This is awesome! Too much social media is causing loneliness in young adults. Eep. These tattoos...

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How to support women using tech, on International Women’s Day, and every day.

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and for some, A Day Without Women. However you choose to support women today, whether you know one or are one, there are actually lots of ways you can do so with technology. From using your social media accounts to amplify the diverse voices of women on the Internet, to shopping online to support small women-run businesses (like purchasing prints from artist Rachel Ignotofsky, work above), we’ve put together 11 ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day that will create an impact long after March 8 is over. And we bet you’ve probably got...

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Web Coolness: Instagram albums, women in STEM art prints, and why you should skip email in the morning

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We are loving these awesome women in STEM art prints. Room service robots! Why you should skip reading email in the morning. (But oof, tough habit to break for some of us) In case you missed the Women of NASA LEGO set that’s been blowing up the Internet. This adorable 3rd grader is in the National Google Doodle competition, and he wants your vote. If your favorite kitchen gadget is the Instant Pot, you’ll want...

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