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  1. Aristotle’s Tomb Unearthed?

Earlier this month, a Greek archaeologist claimed that he had found the tomb of Aristotle in the village of Stagira. Konstantinos Sismanidis, the researcher in question, had been leading an excavation in northern Greece for 20 years in a region known as Greek Macedonia. He presented his claim in a paper presented at the Aristotle 2,400 Years World Congress, which marked the 2,400th anniversary of Aristotle’s birth.

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June 25, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Summer Learning Series Part 4: Shark Week

Learning Through Play

I have a love hate relationship with sharks. I love them in gummy form, when they’re behind glass, or when they’re on my TV in their annual special. But put me in the open ocean surrounded by sharks and it’s a thing from my nightmares. That being said, one of my favorite times of the year is coming up this week. Shark Week starts Sunday June 26th and that means sharks will be filling our TV screens with mostly informative specials about sharks and why we should be fascinated by them.

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June 22, 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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June 18, 2016
Kacey Templin

Summer Learning Series Part 3: Space

STEM, STEAM

Three…two…one…blastoff! This week in our Summer Learning Series we suit up and ship out for a lesson about space. Before I started working for ThinkFun, I spent several years at the NASA Johnson Space Center working for the International Space Station Program. I had the privilege of traveling around the country and sharing the wonders of human spaceflight with people of all ages. It may amaze you how much we’ve learned about space, and how much of that knowledge has benefitted us here on Earth. Research conducted aboard the space station has lead to improved vaccines, better air purification methods in hospitals, and even more accurate automobile safety testing.

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June 15, 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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June 13, 2016
Kacey Templin

The Summer Struggle: An American Vacation in the Spotlight

Learning Through Play, STEM

  1. The Origins of the Three Month Summer Break

Have you ever wondered where the summer break actually came from? Not all societies observe this 10-week sabbatical. It’s very much a part of western culture to spend the hottest months of the year out of the classroom. Some speculate that the break coincided with the agrarian lifestyles of the 19th century, when students headed out to the fields for annual harvests. In fact, that’s not true…before the 19th century, children regularly attended school in the summer season. Farmers and even backyard gardeners can tell you that the two big seasons for crops are Spring and Fall – planting and harvesting seasons respectively.

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June 11, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Summer Learning Series Part 2: The Ocean

Learning Through Play

When I was a little girl I was fascinated by the ocean, and up until I was about 17, I thought I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I was lucky enough to grow up in Northern California and frequent the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a child—thanks mom and dad! Being able to see marine animals in their own habitat is where I believe my love of aquatic life began. Even though I did not turn out to be a marine biologist, I am still fascinated by the ocean to this day.

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