THOR SMS App for Hot Topics in Reddit

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I'm super proud of the Older Maker Teen for making something. Last week he created a really cool text app for reddit! Reddit is a popular news site, a social network, a community. It skews male and techy. Maybe young, too? At any rate, OMT was procrastinating on some back-to-school summer homework and created a cool SMS app that let's you text to get links to hot topics on subreddits, smaller discussion groups, or communities, with the ... [ Read More ]

Three Great Links for Shark Week Science

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Everyone is talking about Shark Week, including me, over at the Sylvan Blog! My post about what kids can learn from Shark Week includes great links to not only further the learning from Shark Week, but to help your discriminating young scientists separate shark fact from shark fiction. After all, there are some who insist that Shark Week has "jumped the shark."Also, over at the Bedtime Math blog, Derek has a great interview with a shark ... [ Read More ]

How to Do Book Graffiti

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beforeI got the idea to do book graffiti from my friend Akemi, who often does interesting things with her boys. I picked up an old picture book at a recent garage sale. It was in decent shape, but beyond its prime, so I designated it for my project. I thought this *might* be something the Young Maker Teen would enjoy, but alas, he is too old to get a thrill from the otherwise verboten act of marking up a book.The idea with book ... [ Read More ]

Sol Republic Tracks Air Review + Giveaway

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As a tech blogger, I get the chance to try out some cool products. Even better, I get to share products I like with you. Which is to say that I received a review pair of Sol Republic's Tracks Air wireless on-ear headphones and I'm giving a pair away to one lucky reader!This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Angie!They require some very basic assembly. That is, you slide the "sound engines" (things that go over your ears) onto ... [ Read More ]

Use Sports to Build Math Skills

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Is your child spending more time on the soccer field than in the classroom this summer? That can be a good thing. Summer sports provide compelling real-world opportunities for kids to apply and grow their math skills. Whether keeping score for a game or calculating batting averages, math is key to sports. It goes both ways: sports can also help with math—and other subjects, too. In addition, recent studies indicate a link between ... [ Read More ]

Luz Rivas, Founder of DIY Girls: It’s STEM Girl Friday!

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Last fall I wrote about the crowdfunding campaign from a cool group called DIY Girls. Today I'm shining the spotlight on the group's founder, Luz Rivas. Luz is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles. After learning to program in 5th grade, Luz decided to pursue a technical career. Her persistence led to an acceptance to MIT. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a ... [ Read More ]

Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire this Weekend!

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The Chicago South Side Mini Maker Faire will take place this Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Ford City Mall on Chicago's Southwest Side.It looks like lots of fun. Check out the Makers and get ready for a mind-opening day!Like The Maker Mom on Facebook. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Follow us on Pinterest and YouTube. Follow The Maker Mom on Google+. ... [ Read More ]