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 ]

Back to School #STEMchat with Texas Instruments

2014 Sep STEMchat with TI

It's back to school and back to STEM, as if we ever left it behind. On Tuesday, we'll be partnering once again with sponsor Texas Instruments to talk STEM inspiration! Join us on Twitter Sept. 16 from 9-10 PM Eastern. What's new with Texas Instruments? Or should I say, what is TI giving away to STEMchatters this year? The answer to both of those questions is the colorful new TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition! No worries if you've already ... [ Read More ]

Kids and Science #STEMchat Summary

STEMchat on raising kids who love science

Thanks to everyone who joined in for STEMchat with me, Liz Heineicke, and Joanne Manaster in celebration of Liz's new book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids. We talked about kids and science with a lively crowd of Twitter friends. As always, the STEMchatters provided great resources to help inspire science-loving kids in your home or classroom. I'm sharing some of the favorites below. (Please note this post includes affiliate links.) Stay tuned ... [ Read More ]

Great TED Talks by Women in Computer Science

STEM Girls Friday Women in Computer Science

Don't miss Angelica Lim's playlist of TED Talks by Women in Computer Science, a list of 24 videos with super smart women talking about bleeding edge technology. These fab women in computer science cover topics like: Ground-breaking wearable tech--this is not your tech geek friend's wristwatch. Don't miss this talk by MIT's Pattie Maes. Robotics Tinkering Online education These videos are especially great to share with girls based on ... [ Read More ]