"Can I play on the iPad/computer?" How often on the weekends (or even during the week) do you hear that statement? And how often do you think you'll hear it when they're not in school (spring break, summer, etc.)? When the kids are home all day, it's REALLY easy to justify 2-3 hours every day… Continue reading Mom, Can I get on the (fill in media device)?
Since the kids will be out of school before we know it, it’s a good idea to have a list of educational games and apps for you to pepper in their screen time. In our house, we have a list of about seven to ten things that must be done before they can have screen… Continue reading Educational Games and Apps
Have you ever heard of a Rube Goldberg machine? Even if you haven't, you probably already know what one is. It's basically a series of chain reactions/simple machines that does some job (or jobs). This group has put together tons of these using dominoes and other simple things you have around your house. My (Paige's) kids… Continue reading What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?
(If you haven’t already, read our first post about Cross-Curricular STEM Challenges.) A CS lesson on human interface design using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Younger students may require an explanation of interface. Think about the droids in Star Wars as further expansion and explanation for this type of technology. The story of Humpty Dumpty (STEAM challenge:… Continue reading Cross-Curricular STEAM Challenges (part II)
Anyone who has been a teacher or a parent knows how difficult it is to keep a child (of any age) focused on school or work when they’re excited about something. Whether that something is a vacation or holiday, a party, or a break from school, our challenge as the adult is to keep the… Continue reading Simple STEAM Challenges