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There are several benefits to playing games with kids but it's important that kids play games that are appropriate for their age range. This means the best games are the ones that kids will be able to internalize the rules and be able to follow them while still having fun. According to Scholastic, encouraging kids to play games and follow the rules can help children "become more self-confident and ambitious and to enjoy playing with others." The challenge then becomes finding age-appropriate games that can be fun for kids but also fun for the whole family. We've developed our list of the top 7 strategy games that the little learners in your life will love, as well as players of other age ranges!  

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September 25, 2017
Alana Hackes

The Electrifying Science of Lasers

STEM

There are many intense, exciting, and visually appealing moments that happen in the Star Wars movies. One that especially grips viewers is from Return of the Jedi, in which Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader stand opposite to each other, with green and red lasers, better known as “light sabers” in that universe, in hand. Within moments, they engage in a duel that is like a sword fighting match, and the colors red and green swirl all around the screen. While there aren’t any lasers in our universe that operate like this, the fact of the matter is that the laser is a fascinating invention. Whether you’re a Jedi locked in a duel with your adversary, playing laser tag with friends, or logically executing challenges in Laser Maze, it’s hard to deny that lasers are exciting!

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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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August 28, 2017
Kacey Templin

Robots: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

STEM

Optimus Prime, WALL-E, C-3PO. What do these all have in common? They’re all robots! Robots are helping humans perform surgery, build cars, and even explore space. They can resemble humans in shape, intelligence, and sometimes both. Some people think they’re cool, some people think they’re scary. What’s irrefutable is that they’re here to stay, and every day technology is enabling us to make them more sophisticated.

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August 21, 2017
Kacey Templin

The Science of Ice Cream

STEM

Summer is winding down, but we still have a few hot days left. And when it gets hot out, people turn to ice cream to cool down. Did you know that people have been enjoying icy-cool desserts for centuries? Ice cream actually has a long and storied past, but it didn’t always look and taste the way we know it today! In honor of National Spumoni Day, we’re taking a look at this tasty treat!

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August 19, 2017
Sophie Miller

The History of Aviation

STEM

On the windy morning of December 17, 1903, Orville Wright looked out onto a sandy beach in North Carolina and prepared, for the first time in human history, to fly. He and his brother Wilbur had been experimenting with flying machines for four years, and only a few days before, Wilbur had tried and failed to complete the first flight with their newest invention. But from watching his brother, Orville had picked up on the reasons behind some critical errors and this time, with the help of an impressive 27mph tailwind, Orville glided his plane into history

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August 14, 2017
Kacey Templin

Ask a Programmer: An Interview with //CODE Games Inventor Mark Engelberg

Kids & Coding, STEM

Have you been curious about this whole coding craze? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about computer programming skills, or maybe even the thinking behind creating a coding game? Today, we’re talking to Mark Engelberg, a former NASA researcher, educator, and inventor of several games, including the new ThinkFun //CODE series. As a programmer himself, Mark has plenty of insights into anything you may want to know about the world of programming!

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