Weird but True Food from NG Kids

Weird Food facts and more from Nat Geo Kids' new book, Weird but true food. Full review on

I'm glad to have Jessica back for another review. Everyone knows the National Geographic Kids magazine, but did you know they have a new book of a super weird food facts, too? The book, Weird but True Food, (affiliate link) the latest in their Weird but True series, provides readers with over 300 weird food facts. Some of them are kind of gross, but others are really cool. For example, did you know that your taste buds only last 10 days and ... [ Read More ]

Introduction to SkillsUSA and the WorldSkills MTC Team Sponsored by Alcoa Foundation

SkillsUSA Manufacturing Team Challenge World Team.

Last month I had the chance to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). I was there of behalf of #TeamUSAWorldSkills sponsor, Alcoa Foundation. Alcoa Foundation is also sponsoring this post, and the July STEMchat, which will be on the topic of STEM in Manufacturing on Thursday, July 16. One of my nieces competed in a CAD drafting competitions through a SkillsUSA program and I know my sons’ school has a team, so I ... [ Read More ]

Sikorsky Helicopter Design Challenge

Sikorsky Helicopter Challenge 2015. Details on

The brand behind Black Hawk Helicopters is back with their yearly design challenge. Now in it's 5th year, the Helicopter 2050 Challenge provides a chance for kids ages 9-16 to earn recognition, along with a $1000 scholarship and a tour of Sikorsky HQ as well as a chance to meet with Sikorsky engineers. Helicopter Design Challenge 2050 This year's theme is is sustainability. They want your child's vision for an environmentally-friendly ... [ Read More ]

Make Your Own Faux Fireworks Suncatcher: Summer Fun with PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes

DIY Suncatcher at

July 4th- time for picnics, parades and fun with friends and neighbors. We leave the real fireworks to the pros, but that doesn’t mean we’re not inspired by them. In fact, it’s easy to make festive shirts featuring bright bursts of color. And you can decorate your house with faux fireworks suncatchers.  Your guests are sure to ooh and ahhh over these deceptively simple designs. And when I say this craft is for the birds, I mean that in a good ... [ Read More ]

#SummerSoar with the MSI’s Brain Games

MSI brain games

I know the summer slide, the dip in academic knowledge that takes place over the summer, is a real phenomenon for many kids. That's why teachers spend 2-3 weeks reviewing last year's lessons the first few weeks of school. But my kids have always experienced the #SummerSoar. In fact, some years their fall test scores seemed to rise more than they did during the school year, but that's another story. In the digital age, it's easy to keep kids ... [ Read More ]

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 ]