Get in Gear with ThinkFun’s New Maker Studio Sets

Thinkfun Gear set

Your probably know ThinkFun from their brain teasers, logic games and puzzles, like Traffic Jam and the Laser Maze, but earlier this year the brand launched an exciting new Maker Studio line. Please note this post contains affiliate links. Thinkfun's Maker Studio Kits There are three construction kits in the Maker Studio family- Gears, Winches and Propellers. We were sent a review sample of the Gears Set. Each kit sells for $19.99 and ... [ Read More ]

Hands-First STEM Fun with PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Hands-first STEM Fun with PURELL

It's only fitting that the Hands-First STEM Fun #STEMchat was, well, lot of fun. Thanks again to our sponsor PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer! All in all, we're a pretty adventurous group and try to instill that can-do spirit in our kids. We value developing a maker mindset over keeping clean. Read on to learn about some of our favorite activities and resources for STEM-loving families. Please note this post contains affiliate links. We started ... [ Read More ]

STEMchat with SciGirls on May 21!

#STEMchat with SciGirls

I've barely caught my breath from the last #STEMchat and suddenly it's time for another one. #STEMchat is usually a once-a-month affair, but when I was approached with the opportunity to collaborate with SciGirls, I couldn't pass up the chance to work with the inspiring and educational Emmy Award-winning series on PBS KIDS. Now in its third season, the show features real-life girls and mentors engaging in science, citizen science. As the ... [ Read More ]

Teen Appathon Registration is Open

Appathon for Civic Hacking Day

The Teen Appathon is almost here! It will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 9 AM to 6 PM at the Skokie Public Library. And no, it's not drop-in session or a class, it's a full day of learning and working to build technology solutions to help our community. Also fun! With lots of snacks! A long day might sound intimidating to some, but for teens with a mission, it's just right. And for some, it's just practice for the 24-36 hour hackathons ... [ Read More ]

Free Homework Help for Physics and Calculus

Free homework help for middle and high school students in math and science. Read more at

It's AP season and finals are just around the corner; do you know where you child is? Is she hunched over a screen reviewing lessons on Kahn Academy? Or is she watching the latest viral cat video? It can be hard to tell. But if your teens are anything like mine, they procrastinate. So what happens when it's crunch time- the Big Test is just a few days (or hours) away and there's no time to book a tutor? Try one of these free homework help ... [ Read More ]

Robotics at Northwestern University

Graduate program in Robotics at Northwestern University on

Thanks to Tom, a friend of The Maker Mom, the Young Maker Teen and I had a chance to attend an open house for new Master of Science in Robotics at Northwestern University. Their first class is midway through the one-year program. Though designed with an eye toward professionals looking to build their knowledge and portfolios, some students will be continuing toward their PhDs. Programs like this used to be rare, but they're are suddenly ... [ Read More ]

May 7 #STEMchat on Hands-First STEM Fun

STEMchat on Hands-First STEM Fun with Purell

Here at Chez Maker Mom we don't like to dive into things headfirst (spinal cord injury risk!). Yet, dipping our toes in is too hesitant. We like to jump into STEM education hands-first, so we can touch, feel and manipulate to enhance our learning. Thursday, May 7 from 9-10 PM Eastern we'll be sharing ideas and resources for hands-first STEM fun with sponsor PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. I'm pleased to partner with PURELL Advanced Hand ... [ Read More ]