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February 22, 2018
Melissa Miller

Bringing Laughter into the Classroom

Learning Through Play, STEAM

Science can be intense! Just like camping…. IN-TENTS!

But did you know that humor and the act of laughing, can help you learn?

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February 15, 2018
Dimitra Neonakis

Geology Rocks!

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Dimitra Neonakis always had a love for science and nature, but came late in life to formal science education. With degrees in visual and performing arts and an environmental monitoring certificate, Dimitra brings her A game to STEAM education. Dimitra has designed and classroom-tested science activities for formal and informal k-12 and collegiate science education since 2005. She works both with at risk and neurodiverse populations as well as typical students. Students fondly refer to her as Ms. Dee and Ms. Frizzle and they all agree that science is fun!

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January 25, 2018
Rachael Tom

5 Art Projects for Every Age

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEAM

Are you the creative type, who is tired of finger painting? If you’re in need of an art project upgrade, we’ve found some easy, unique ideas and pinned them to our Getting Crafty Pinterest board.

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December 07, 2017
Jackie Edwards

Empowering Children Through Game Design

Creativity, Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEAM

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 09, 2017
Rachael Tom

Games for Gobble Gobble Day

Learning at Home, Brainteasers, STEAM

The star of Thanksgiving is always the food, but what about the entertainment? Keep all of your beloved guests preoccupied by introducing them to some of our favorite games this coming holiday. You can leave the TV on with the Thanksgiving parade playing in the background, as these fun distractions draw everyone’s attention to interacting with each other!

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September 18, 2017
Matthew Bain

Visualizing Music Through Code

Music Makes You Smarter, Compose Music, Creativity, People of Compose Yourself, STEAM

Matthew received his BFA and MFA from The Ohio State University in music and 3D computer animation. His thesis work, entitled "Real Time Music Visualization: A Study in the Visual Extension of Music", is the foundation for his company, Live Music Visuals. Matthew's visualization work has been exhibited in numerous performances including the Drums Downtown concert series, PASIC, and SIGGRAPH. Matthew recently worked for Dreamworks Animation as a layout artist and contributed to movies like"Penguins of Madagascar," "Madagascar 3," and "Rise of the Guardians." He also plays the piano and composes music in his spare time. 

My name is Matthew Bain and I would call myself an artist who codes.  I started learning to code in college and it really wasn’t until graduate school that I started to understand how coding could influence and improve my artistic designs. The ability to create a “for loop” and iterate over hundreds of items at one time enables me to generate visuals that can respond to music in real time. This coding ability has also served me well in my previous job. I used to work for DreamWorks Animation as a Final Layout Artist.  Some of the movies I worked on included Megamind, Madagascar 3, and The Penguins of Madagascar.

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