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August 19, 2017
Sophie Miller

The History of Aviation

STEM

On the windy morning of December 17, 1903, Orville Wright looked out onto a sandy beach in North Carolina and prepared, for the first time in human history, to fly. He and his brother Wilbur had been experimenting with flying machines for four years, and only a few days before, Wilbur had tried and failed to complete the first flight with their newest invention. But from watching his brother, Orville had picked up on the reasons behind some critical errors and this time, with the help of an impressive 27mph tailwind, Orville glided his plane into history

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August 16, 2017
Rachael Rufino

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! 

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August 14, 2017
Kacey Templin

Ask a Programmer: An Interview with //CODE Games Inventor Mark Engelberg

Kids & Coding, STEM

Have you been curious about this whole coding craze? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about computer programming skills, or maybe even the thinking behind creating a coding game? Today, we’re talking to Mark Engelberg, a former NASA researcher, educator, and inventor of several games, including the new ThinkFun //CODE series. As a programmer himself, Mark has plenty of insights into anything you may want to know about the world of programming!

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August 12, 2017
Kacey Templin

Planning Your Mission to Mars

STEM Education / Play, STEM

On August 5th, the Curiosity rover celebrated its fifth anniversary working on Mars. Since 2012, Curiosity has been exploring the surface of the red planet, working tirelessly to fulfill its primary mission to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for life. NASA is planning on sending humans to the surface of our closest planetary neighbor in the next few decades, but they have to make sure they learn as much as possible before sending astronauts. Our eventual colonization of Mars has been a hot topic of late, so what better way to educate your children about the journey than to have them plan a trip themselves? In this post, we’ll take you through all the basic steps for a successful mission from one planet to the next!

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August 09, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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August 07, 2017
Mike Ritchie

How to Make Your Own Word Search Puzzle

Word search puzzles are one of those great, fun activities everyone remembers from childhood. They're satisfying to solve, not usually too hard, and often come with fun and interesting themes, which can be a great educational tool. A great way to take this fun to the next level is to teach your child how to create their own word search puzzles, and then let them challenge a friend or family member with it. Or, even better, once they understand how to make them you can both create your own, and then swap puzzles!

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August 05, 2017
Kathy Beyerle

Bring Back Road Trips: 5 Travel-Friendly Games

Learning Through Play

Summer is the season to hit the road with the family in tow. Road trips are a great way to bond together and visit grandparents in a different state, or to drive cross country to sight see. Traveling to new places is a great family experience, but sometimes staying occupied in a long car ride can be painful. Here are 5 games to keep kids and families unplugged and entertained for a happy road trip!

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