Tag: STEM

How to figure out how much of the total solar eclipse you’ll see, based on where you live.

If you’re counting down the days to the total solar eclipse (or The Great American Eclipse) like us, you’ll probably want to know exactly how much you’ll see of it based on where you live, which is why you’ll want to check this handy calculator from Vox. Related: 5 fun total solar eclipse gifts. Yay darkness!  Simply add your zip code and it will tell you exactly how much of the total solar eclipse will be visible, as well as what time it will peak. For me, it looks like I’ll only be getting a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm...

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The new Girl Scout STEM badges: Engineering, computer science, and robotics, oh my!

When I was a drop-out Brownie some 30-ahem years ago, my troop worked on badges like Basketry and Arts & Crafts. But now I’m kind of wishing I could go back and do it all over again because this fall, the Girl Scout organization has announced a new collection of badges for girls of all ages, all focusing on STEM. From long-term curricula that focuses on engineering, computer science, and the outdoors, to smaller-level badges that introduce robotics and mechanical engineering to girls as young as kindergarten, these are the real deal. Seriously, Girl Scouts has come a long...

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Can these board books tech babies rocket science?

Most baby board books aren’t, you know, rocket science. The ones I read to my four month old pretty much stick with friendly talking animals and geometric shapes, so I was a little surprised to discover the Baby University board books collection, which was designed to introduce the youngest kids to STEM concepts. Just the basic stuff though, you know? Like Newtonian physics, general relativity, quantum entanglement, and rocket science. Of course. My first thought when I saw titles like Rocket Science for Babies or Quantum Physics for Babies was, slow your roll there, Science. My kid is still figuring out...

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Web Coolness: a Nintendo-themed game room, LED eyelashes, how to make your own smart speaker, and more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Hands up: how many of you wish you had this Nintendo-themed game room in your home? This manufacturer will only sell electric cars starting in 2019. Here’s how to stock your vacation rental kitchen so you can enjoy unplugging for a bit. Or maybe you’ve banned screen time altogether like Kristen? Crank up your iPod and use The Hamilton instrumentals to put on a show. Hooray! One in four Google employees in leadership roles are women. Who...

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Watching the total solar eclipse in August? Here’s how to get the glasses you’ll need for free.

Unfortunately, we’re going to be in an airplane during the highly anticipated total solar eclipse in August, so it’s questionable as to what we’ll be able to see of it. But, if you’re going to be on the ground, mark your calendar because this is not to be missed. The only issue: you’ll want to have glasses to protect your eyeballs, even if you’re in the areas where you’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. Related: 71 of the best science Twitter accounts to follow But, lucky you! There are a bunch of libraries (like 4800 or so) across...

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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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