New Chicago Summer Camp for Budding Entrepreneurs

Chicago camp for young entrepreneurs!

This post is sponsored by GreenApple ® Campus and their StartUp to Achieve program. All opinions are my own. Have you heard about GreenApple® Campus? They've been a leading provider of STEM and STEAM programs for kids in Chicago since 2003. GreenApple® Campus was doing STEM long before STEM was considered cool. Back then, geek camps, as I used to call them, hadn’t quite hit the mainstream, but I knew they were the right fit for my boys, ... [ Read More ]

GE, Brit + Co and Women in STEM

Brit and Co kit

Earlier this year I came across a cool sponsored series that reminded me of my own STEM Girl Friday. GE (General Electric) paired up with Brit + Co for a series of posts on Moms Who Make. Among those featured in the series is a former STEM Girl Friday feature, Jen Myers of Code and Cupcakes. There are good reads in series and it's worth a look. You surely know about GE, and you might recall their inspiring commercials about a STEM Mom from the ... [ Read More ]

Compose Yourself with ThinkFun

Compose Yourself by Thinkfun reviewed on

My teen boys have aged out of some of the interesting new items I get offered for review, so I'm relying on trusted friends and readers to help me out. This review comes courtesy of Jessica Dembo; you can read more about her family below. ThinkFun is known for some really cool games, such as one of my kid’s favorites, Robot Turtles (affiliate link).  Compose Yourself is their newest game. We played this morning and both my 8 & 4 year old ... [ Read More ]

Family Learning Fun in Louisville, Kentucky

Vacation photo

I'm heading to Louisville, Kentucky today to serve as a digital correspondent for the Alcoa Foundation at National Leadership and Skills Conference of SkillsUSA, an exciting student STEM competition. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter  and look for #NLSC15. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage on the blog after I return. It will be a quick trip with a laser focus on my work, but it got me thinking about the family-oriented STEM fun that ... [ Read More ]

June #STEMchat on Engineering with ThinkFun

Inspiring the Engineer in Every Child, STEMchat with ThinkFun hosted by

A few weeks ago, I told you that ThinkFun was doing something exciting and disruptive in the toy industry and today's the big day- the designs for their Maker Studio Construction Sets are now available for free on MakerBot's Thingiverse. Thingiverse is the world's largest 3D design community, offering digital designs for real-world objects. Thinkfun is celebrating with a #STEMchat on unleashing and inspiring the engineer in every ... [ Read More ]

Tadpoles Develop into Disabled Frogs near Chicago


There's a lot of nostalgic talk about childhood summers in the 1970s. The kind where kids ran rampant and unsupervised throughout the neighborhood, especially during the summer. One thing I did as a kid in the Chicago area was capture tadpoles and raise them into frogs. Last year, when I was out walking Tesla one late spring day, we came upon a large puddle filled with tadpoles. I stopped to watch them for a while and later brought my niece to ... [ Read More ]

Meet Maker Dad Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff

Meet Maker Dad Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff at

I thought it would be fun to balance out my STEM Girl posts with a feature on a Maker Dad. You know, just in time for Father's Day and all. Earlier this year, I met Bob Clagett, father of 4, Maker, blogger at I Like to Make Stuff, vlogger and podcaster. I thought you'd enjoy getting to know his as well. Meet the Maker: Bob Clagett It doesn’t matter what the material is, or what it’s for… Bob loves making stuff. He loves showing other people how ... [ Read More ]