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When I was in high school, I volunteered my weekends caring for preschoolers. Mothers would drop off their children for one child-free hour a week. After working with some of the children for several years, seeing their faces light up when they recognized me filled me with joy. But the way these children looked at me never really compared to the jubilation they felt when they heard their mother calling them at the end of that hour. Children were excited, even comforted, when their mother returned to pick them up. As it turns out, there’s a biological reason why a mother’s voice is a source of comfort. Researchers have discovered that a child’s brain becomes much more active when they hear mom speak, more so than when they hear other voices.

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December 04, 2015
Gene Luen Yang

Superman Writer Gene Yang Guest-Writes on The History of Women Who Code

Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM

Happy Computer Science Education Week!  My name is Gene Luen Yang and I’m a comic book writer.  I write DC Comics’ monthly Superman series and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels from Dark Horse Comics. With Hour of Code just around the corner, I wanted to write a piece exploring the remarkable, and not widely known, history of women in programming.

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October 05, 2015
Mike Ritchie

Mark Engelberg, Inventor of Code Master, Featured in Getting Smart

Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM

Here at ThinkFun we work very hard to find the smartest, most innovative game inventors around. The goal is definitely to make a fun product, but it’s just as important to us that there’s a learning component – that kids develop critical thinking skills during their play, whether they’re aware of it or not. One of those inventors is Mark Engelberg, a former NASA programmer and current educator who was recently featured on GettingSmart.com.

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September 25, 2015
Andrew Bennet

Drew Bennett Guest-Writes: 7 STEM TV Shows To Inspire Your Daughter

Girls & STEM, STEM

Have you ever heard anyone say that there are no good science role models on TV for girls? Those people have never seen some of the shows that we watch in our house. These shows that I talk about below inspire my daughter, and son, to get creative outside of simply watching. So here are seven TV shows that are great inspirations for STEM for girls (and boys).

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August 18, 2015
MacKenzie Masten

A Push For Girls in STEM Careers

Girls & STEM

Historically, STEM careers have been heavily male-dominated. Out of the 50 most Googled scientists in history, only 3 are women. A consequence of this disparity is that young women lack role models in STEM career fields, which makes encouraging or inspiring them to walk that path all the more difficult.  

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