Science

Koov Robotics Kit

STEM is hot...at least as a buzzword and concept. The concept of increased focus for our kids on Science Technology Engineering and Math is certainly a wonderful idea. STEM or STEAM (add some Art into it) skills can expand the possibilities of what the next generation can accomplish. The problem is, how do you teach click to continue...

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Top Tech Toys For 2016

Top Tech Toys 2016

Moms and Dads, I know, your child is a genius. The thing is, even a young budding genius needs to keep their noggin stimulated to reach their full potential. What’s that? Do I hear some honest parents maybe whispering that their incredible children might not be exactly genius material...yet? Fear not, there are some awesome click to continue...

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Cubetto Robot

Being a parent can be hard.  We try to do the right things for our kids, but we often get conflicting messages. Recently, educators have been talking about the need to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from a very early age.  Perfect, I can get my child in front of the computer and click to continue...

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Rule Your Room Kit

I get it.  You give the kids their own room and suddenly they want to rule over their domain.  They set the rules on who can enter, at what times and for what purpose.  Rules are fine and all, but is just the creation of rules going to stop a pesky sibling or even worse click to continue...

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Sphero SPRK

Balls are great, there is no arguing that.  I have seen countless kids have endless hours of fun throwing, bouncing and catching balls of all sizes and shapes.  What I have not seen a lot of is balls that teach kids logic, programming, the power of cause and effect and the nuisances of a nested click to continue...

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Maker Studio

  Sometimes more is less. Take a construction toy, remove pieces needed to complete any models in the instruction book and boom you have a better toy! Make sense?  Yeah, we lost ourselves at "Sometimes..." Here is the deal, the new ThinkFun Maker Studio Winches Set is an awesome building toy that requires kids to click to continue...

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LightUp Edison Kit Review

I ask you, is there anything that magnets don't make better?  Our love of magnets is well documented, but that love just grew stronger with the LightUp Edison Kit. We first saw the LightUp electronics and circuit building kits at Toy Fair 2015, but now we have had a chance to play and learn with the click to continue...

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Google Cardboard

It's On Like Donkey Kong.  Or Virtual, 3D Donkey Kong at least.  The Google Cardboard invasion is here.  Don't know what Google Cardboard is?  At a Google I/O conference in July, a couple of Google workers demonstrated how with a phone, some cardboard and few a cheap lenses you could build a Virtual Reality Headset click to continue...

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Future

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire You might be bewildered about how every single movie that’s aimed at teenagers right now is about some kind of dystopian future. It’s a trend that started quietly and with the tremendous success of The Hunger Games, took full flight and hasn’t come down since. Nor does it look like it click to continue...

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Drunk Driving

Lasers are cool, that is a fact.  Drunk drinking is stupid and dangerous, that is also a fact.  Soon it may be possible to use the total awesome coolness of lasers to remotely detect and hopefully deter the stupidity that is drunk driving. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, researchers showed click to continue...

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