Google Cardboard. It’s Like Oculus Rift VR Only Cheaper

Google Cardboard DIY virtual reality glasses

Oculus Rift is a new, next generation virtual reality gaming headset. A few months ago, I heard that Google gave each attendee at their I/O conference a cardboard, DIY virtual reality headset kit. I posted it on Facebook, where I share lot of breaking news and fun stuff. You should follow along. I must have passed the news along to my boys, too. Young Maker Teen decided he wanted make a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) headset at home. I ... [ Read More ]

Join the Ice Cream Expedition

National Geographic Ice Cream Expedition

Some folks take a bite out of crime, now three young men are taking a lick at a unique initiative to build environmental awareness through National Geographic's Ice Cream Expedition. They're driving an ice cream truck, converted to run on vegetable oil of course, across the United States to win taste buds and minds. As a National Geographic Kids Insider, I've got the inside scoop, and like these guys, I'll share it with you. National ... [ Read More ]

Banana Graffiti

banana graffiti at

Move over book graffiti, there's a tastier form of parent-approved vandalism in da house... Banana Graffiti! It's simple, and somewhat spy-like. Just use a toothpick, end of a wooden match, or even your fingernail to etch out a message on the banana skin. Over the course of a few hours, the message will darken as the bruises oxidize and they become visible to the world. Of course we were just monkeying around here at the Maker House. Search ... [ Read More ]

Microbes: The Next Big Thing

Tiny Creatures: Book about microbes for kids

I'm not kidding when I say that microbes are the next big thing.  Barely a week goes by without some new report discussing our microbiomes, linking gut health with mental health or chronic illness. Take this piece from last week's Science Friday show (bonus you can listen to it; no eye strain required). That's why I'm excited about this: A book about microbes for young children. Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, ... [ Read More ]

Kids who Love Science #STEMchat

Kitchen science for kids book

Two years ago The Maker Mom was just a couple of months old. I gathered a couple of online friends for a silly experiment. Let's bring people together to talk STEM on Twitter, I suggested. Liz from Kitchen Pantry Science, who had just released her Kid Science App, and the amazing Joanne, AKA Science Goddess, obliged. That was the first #STEMchat. I was afraid that the three of us, along with my friend Yvonne, who was also a panelist, were just ... [ Read More ]

THOR SMS App for Hot Topics in Reddit


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


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 ]