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Jackie Edwards started her career in software development, moving on to teach IT to young adults at a variety of colleges and schools. After taking a career sabatical to become a mother, she now writes full time, usually on her chosen specialist area of IT, software, and tech. 

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November 23, 2017
Melinda Contreras

5 Games for Head-to-Head Fun

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, Girls & STEM, Brainteasers

At ThinkFun, we love games that allow players to exercise strategic planning, spatial reasoning, creative thinking, and problem solving while developing patience, persistence, and determination. We also love simple, speedy games that make for exciting head-to-head match ups! From tile snatching to gelato mixing, these five games make for some fun, friendly, fast-paced, competition. 

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November 16, 2017
Sheldon Soper

Using Card Games to Teach Basic Math Skills

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, Girls & STEM, STEM, Brainteasers

Sheldon Soper is a ten year veteran of the teaching profession and currently serves as a junior high school teacher in southern New Jersey and as a writer for The Knowledge Roundtable, a free tutoring marketplace. His primary focus is building reading, writing, and research skills in his students. He holds two degrees from Rutgers University: a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. He holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Elementary Education. Thomas has also worked as a tutor for grades ranging from second through high school in a wide variety of subjects including reading, writing, calculus, chemistry, algebra, and test prep. His core educational beliefs stem from the notion that all students can be successful; it is the role of educators to help facilitate growth by differentiating and scaffolding student learning on a personal level.

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September 04, 2017
Rachael Tom

Turn Off Your Device and Read These Tech Books!

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

 These fantastic technology-themed books will not only entertain your family, but teach lessons in using devices in moderation, safely. Our list of 11 books (sorry, we just couldn't cut it down to ten) includes tales to combate cyberbullying, real-life stories of female computer heros, and modern renditions of our favorite classic children's stories. We hope this list with a modern twist will encourage your family to power-down and learn a bit about computers! Your unplugged digital adventure awaits!

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July 24, 2017
Rachael Rufino

5 Super-Cool Offline Coding Activities

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Learning to code without a computer may seem illogical, but it makes perfect sense.  Unplugging the computer and teaching coding through more familiar mediums such as hands-on activities, can make the subject less intimidating and more interactive.

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July 01, 2017
Alana Hackes

5 Women Who Changed the World

Girls & STEM, STEM

The movie, “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, came out nearly a month ago and showed boys and girls everywhere that men aren’t the only ones that can be super heroes! It’s only a plus that as of June 25th, the movie is the “highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman in the world, ever,” according to Vanity Fair. As cool as it is to see women achieving success in the film industry, it’s important to remember that there have been plenty of women that have changed the world over the course of history, whether they were wearing capes or not. Here are five women who changed the world and why we think they’re superheroes!

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May 29, 2017
Kacey Templin

5 Offline Games That Teach Kids Coding Skills

STEM Education / Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM

You’ve probably seen an article or two about how coding is the “it” skill for children these days. Organizations like Girls Who Code and Hour of Code are developing coding programs designed to prepare children for career success later in life. Schools around the country are recognizing the need for computer science classes, and nearly 40% of schools around the U.S. now teach programming. While technology continues to evolve, computer science job openings continue to grow.

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