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This post is the first installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media.

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April 10, 2017
Alana Hackes

Top 6 Math Games to Celebrate Mathematics Month!

Learning Through Play, STEM

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month! The goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics and what better way to do both than by strengthening your child’s math skills through play? In celebration of mathematics, here are the top six math games that will make math fun for you and your child!

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April 08, 2017
Sophie Miller

A Brief History of Math

STEM

It’s Mathematics Awareness Month, and here at ThinkFun we’re always thinking about math and the importance of learning. While sometimes math can seem boring or abstract, it plays a key role in so many of the things that we do every day. And it took a long time to get to where we are in the mathematical world! Here are a few of the key milestones in math history.

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March 04, 2017
Rachael Rufino

The 411 on Engineering

Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Did you know that hover crafts, prosthetics and NASA’s spacesuits were created by engineers?  With National Engineers Week behind us and National Engineering Month happening now, it’s the perfect time for a blog post that celebrates the profession.

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February 27, 2017
Eric Hupperts

Approaching Educational Moments Across Diverse Cultures

STEM, STEAM

Eric Hupperts is the former Living Exhibits Manager at The Green Planet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he reveled in the land of camels, tea, and endless cultural experiences.  Previous to Dubai Eric was involved with nature-based informal science education in California, Minnesota and Utah.  Eric holds his Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology and spent time studying birds and amphibians in ecosystems as diverse as Ecuadorean cloud forests and Yellowstone alpine wetlands.

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February 20, 2017
Cheryl Wendling

Making Science Relevant

STEM Education / Play, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Now retired, Cheryl Wendling was an award-winning high school science teacher, with a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. Her students ranged from those with Special Needs, to Advanced Placement students, and everything in between. During that time, she also wrote curricular materials for NASA and presented science workshops at local, state, national, and international levels. Upon leaving public education, she was a high school science editor for a major textbook publisher and currently works as a freelance science illustrator

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February 13, 2017
Carol Tang

Finding the Time to Play

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

Dr. Carol Tang is the Executive Director of the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Afterschool Association, the How Kids Learn Foundation, and Artists United as well as a reviewer for the academic journal, Afterschool Matters. She previously was employed as the team lead for out-of-school time grant making portfolio at the S.D. Becthel, Jr. Foundation, the director of the Coalition for Science After School, and head of exhibitions and public programs at the California Academy of Sciences. Carol has a Ph.D. in paleontology and is the author of the Jurassic articles in the Encylopaedia Britanica Online. You can reach her on Twitter at @CarolTang1.

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