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July 25, 2016
Kacey Templin

Why We Love Beaches Best

Creativity, STEM

The sun, sand, and surf. For many, trips to the beach are tradition when the weather turns warmer. A 2012 survey conducted by Expedia.com found that 52 percent of people worldwide expected to take a trip to the beach within the next 12 months. For Western civilization in particular, seaside vacations are considered a summer must-do. The U.S. Census Bureau found that over 58 million people went to the beach in 2010, and more Americans visit the coastline for vacation than visit the mountains. But where does this love for the coast come from? As it turns out, the affinity for oceanside vacations is a relatively new one.

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July 23, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Summer Learning Series Part 6: Electricity

Creativity, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

These last few weeks we’ve had guides to dinosaurs, sharks, and even ancient Egypt! Now our theme this week is, electricity! Electricity is a fascinating subject, it can be dangerous and deadly, while also being present throughout our entire world.

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July 20, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

If you like logic games, and fun online games in general, be sure to check out our Play Online section - my favorite is our game Code Master. In the meantime, make learning fun with these great brainteasers, and find the answers to last week's puzzles at the bottom. 

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July 18, 2016
Kacey Templin

Renewal Through Nature: America's National Parks and Their Effects on the Mind

Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

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July 15, 2016
Kacey Templin

Summer Learning Series Part 5: Dinosaurs

Learning at Home, STEM, STEAM

This week is all about dinosaurs! As any of my friends can tell you, I really, really like dinosaurs. My affinity started when I was very young watching that purple and green T-rex, Barney, on TV. As I grew, I shunned playing “house” in favor of traipsing the neighborhood as a raptor, limbs rigid, back arched, and gait loping. On Thursdays, you could find college-aged me in the Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. So when we decided to do a summer learning series I jumped at the opportunity to write about my favorite prehistoric animals!

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July 11, 2016
Kacey Templin

Act Fast, Think Faster: Real Life MacGyver Moments

Creativity, STEM, STEAM

Even if you didn’t grow up watching the show MacGyver, you’re probably familiar with the term “MacGyverism”. Angus MacGyver, a secret agent, was famous for being able to mastermind his way out of complex problems using everyday objects.

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July 08, 2016
Jeremy Cook

The Best "How To" of The Summer

STEM

This week we are bringing you the best how to of the summer with our guest writer, Jeremy Cook, a mechanical engineer with a passion for tinkering and creating unique contraptions. Enjoy!

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