Learn to Code with a Comic Book

Build Your Own Website Comic Book reviewed on The Maker Mom

A couple of months ago, a friend pointed out Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress and I thought that might be just the thing I need to get started. I recently put on my big girl blogger panties and moved (read: paid someone to move) this site over to WordPress. I've always appreciated the ease and simplicity of Google's Blogger platform, but I knew it was time to move on. That said, not only did I pay someone to ... [ Read More ]

STEM Girl Friday at The Marine Mammal Center

STEM Girl Friday at The Marine Mammal Center #DawnDayintheWildlife

It's STEM Girl Grandma Friday! Today I'm shining the spotlight on Gretchen McIndoe, a dedicated volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC). Located is Sausalito, California, TMMC is the world's largest marine mammal hospital. I was privileged to see the inner workings of TMMC as a participant in Dawn's #DayintheWildlife* blogger event. In addition to an informative behind-the-scenes tour of The Center, Dawn paired each blogger up with ... [ Read More ]

Interview with Andy Hendrickson, CTO of Disney Animation

Andy Hendrickson, Chief Technology Officer Disney Animation

"Do you know about that new system they used to make Big Hero 6?" one of the Maker Teens asked me yesterday, "It's so fast it could render the entire movie Brave in, like, 10 days." In a Freaky Friday-like switch I was the one who responded with an eye-roll. "You mean the Hyperion system? The Disney Animation supercomputer that ranks among the top 75 most powerful in the world? Do you read my blog?!"  I sighed with adolescent drama. "I already ... [ Read More ]

Lenovo Supports Young Chicago Coders

Lenovo helps Chicago kids learn to code

I've mentioned a couple of times that I'm a Lenovo Insider, a group of brand fans who get the inside scoop on the company and its products. In keeping with the company's tagline, For those who do, Lenovo helped me do something really cool for a group of Chicago kids. Remember the Code Phreaks? The Code Phreaks are a group of Chicago middle school students who spend their Saturday mornings learning to code with Brian Myers and a few other adult ... [ Read More ]

Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone: STEM Girl Friday

STEM Advice from Dr. Leonisa Ardizone

Leonisa Ardizzone, Ed.D. is passionate about inspiring the next generation of STEM Kids. The founder of Storefront Science, she has a new book out this month, Science--Not Just for Scientists! Easy Explorations for Young Children. Some of my New York friends are big fans of your space, Storefront Science. What prompted you to start that? I'm so pleased to hear that we had so many fans! Sadly, the space closed about a year ago as it became ... [ Read More ]

Get Ready for STEM, Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House Chicago

There are a few exciting things taking place in Chicago in the coming days! Open House Chicago Sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago provides behind-the-scenes glimpses and tour of many of Chicago’s architectural gems October 18 and 19. This free(!) public event runs throughout the weekend and takes place all over the city. Feeling spontaneous? Great! No reservations are needed. Just show up at one of the 150 ... [ Read More ]

The Maine Game

Maine Game Club for computer programming for high school students in Bangor, Maine

Chicago Museums, take note of what a group of high school students from Maine is doing in partnership with the Maine Discovery Museum. Students from The Maine Game Club are developing interactive STEM games for the museum's young patrons. The teens are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to offset their travel expenses and the occasional pizza (they are teenagers, after all) as they develop fun, interactive games to teach ... [ Read More ]