Back to School STEM: #STEMchat Recap

#TISelfie Contest

Thanks to our sponsor, Texas Instruments, we had one of the best STEMchats ever with more than 150 participants resulting in 12.8 million impressions! What a great discussion full of ideas and resources for STEM education for middle school students and beyond! I appreciate the help of panelists Kelly Kutach, Emily Calandrelli, Kris Cain, Leticia Barr, and Shelly Kramer for keeping the conversation moving and props to Brandie Langer for helping ... [ Read More ]

Code and Cupcakes in Chicago: It’s STEM Girl Friday!

Beginning Coding for Girls in Chicago

Mother-daughter bonding. Is there an app for that? If not, it's time to start building one and Code and Cupcakes is the place to start. This first-ever beginning coding (computer programming) workshop for mothers and daughter will take place in Chicago on Saturday, October 25, from 1-6 PM. You may have noticed that my Maker Teens are both boys, so I'm sending Brandie and one of her daughters with instructions to eat extra cupcakes learn extra ... [ Read More ]

Try This! Fun Science from National Geographic

Try This! Science Fun Book review from The Maker Mom

Through my involvement with the National Geographic Kids Insider program, I got the chance to see their new science book hot off the press and now I'm giving you a chance to win a copy of your own. The book, Try This!: 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You (affiliate link), By Karen Romano Young is described as an invitation to play around, make a mess, and spring surprises on others. Sounds right up my alley. Try This! is filled ... [ Read More ]

Green Teen Cookbook: Make Something in the Kitchen

Green Teen Cookbook Review

Over the summer I unexpectedly received a handful of books for blog review. The thing is, I never requested them. Still, I found a couple of them worth mentioning.  The Green Teen Cookbook (affiliate link) is one such book, but I knew I wouldn't get my boys to review it, so I drafted a friend's daughter, Hana. Not only is she a blossoming cook, but she's an burgeoning entomologist. She was one-half of the award-winning Science Olympiad entomology ... [ Read More ]

#STEMchat Tonight and a Flash Giveaway!

2014 Sep STEMchat with TI

Just a quick reminder that tonight is the #STEMchat on Back to School STEM with sponsor Teas Instruments. Tonight also presents TWO more chances to win TI graphing calculators-- your choice of a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or the TI-Nspire CX! Follow along on Twitter with: Emily Calandrelli, @EmCalSpaceGal, Kelly Kutach, @TIKellyK Kris Cain, @LittleTechGirl Leticia Barr, @TechSavvyMama Shelly Kramer, @ShellyKramer Texas ... [ Read More ]

DIY Book Safe

Make a DIY Book Safe at

Making a book safe is one of those projects that I've long had on my to-do list, but put off.  How fun would it be to secret away something special and hide it in plain site in a book? In the end, it was simple and somewhat meditative. I can't wait to make another one. Make a DIY Book Safe All you need to get started is: a book you no longer want to read a ruler a craft knife Modge Podge (or watered down white glue) and brush a ... [ Read More ]

Join Me this Sunday, 9/14, at the Morton Grove Public Library!

Morton Grove Library How To Fest

Have we met? In real life, I mean. If you're in the Chicago area, join me this Sunday where I'll be talking up a storm at the Morton Grove Public Library's How-To Fest. From 1-2 I'll be sharing tips for setting up a home-based maker space and giving kids the opportunity to try their hand at making something. Or possibly taking something apart. If I can pry the Google Cardboard VR headset from the Young Maker Teen's hands, I'll bring that as ... [ Read More ]