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Have you ever heard someone described as a “Renaissance man?" The term is slang for someone who has a broad range of interests and skills. This comes from a Humanist philosophy that began in Renaissance-era Italy, where the core tenet was that man was limitless in his capabilities. All knowledge was meant to be embraced, and all human capability was to be developed as fully as possible. One of the greatest examples of a true Renaissance man is Leonardo Da Vinci, an inventor, painter, architect, scientist, and writer (among other things). Da Vinci is widely considered to be the most diversely talented person that ever lived, and his works helped to shape what we understand as the Renaissance today.

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October 22, 2016
Kacey Templin

Fall Learning Series Part 5: Halloween Science

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM, STEAM

It’s the spookiest time of year again, when ghosts, goblins, and ghouls come out to play! That’s right, it’s Halloween time, and it only seems fitting to dedicate a Fall Learning post to the haunted holiday. The activities below are designed to get you and your children in the Halloween spirit, while also learning a little science along the way!

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October 15, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 4: The Five Senses

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Imagine that you’re baking your favorite dish.  As you’re putting the pan into the oven, you graze your arm against the edge – it’s burning hot!  Your body responds to the heat in seconds and you pull your arm away before the skin gets seriously burned.  You’re a little bummed that you hurt yourself – but it’s all worth it when your dish is done, and you smell that delicious smell coming from the oven.  Just be careful when you’re taking it out, and don’t burn your mouth!

Our fall learning series is designed to give you a chance to teach your children about something new and interesting. Each week our blog covers a new topic, and is filled with specially curated activities that let you get hands-on with each lesson. It’s a great way to spend time with family and learn all at once!

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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 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 01, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Play, Create & Learn! Easy 4th of July STEM Activities for Kids

Creativity, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

We can't believe July is already here! It feels like just yesterday we were telling you about 2015's best science activities for the 4th of July. We're back with a list of 2016's best activities to keep your child entertained this long holiday weekend without putting them in front of a TV. 

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