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August 19, 2017
Sophie Miller

The History of Aviation


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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August 12, 2017
Kacey Templin

Planning Your Mission to Mars

STEM Education / Play, STEM

On August 5th, the Curiosity rover celebrated its fifth anniversary working on Mars. Since 2012, Curiosity has been exploring the surface of the red planet, working tirelessly to fulfill its primary mission to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for life. NASA is planning on sending humans to the surface of our closest planetary neighbor in the next few decades, but they have to make sure they learn as much as possible before sending astronauts. Our eventual colonization of Mars has been a hot topic of late, so what better way to educate your children about the journey than to have them plan a trip themselves? In this post, we’ll take you through all the basic steps for a successful mission from one planet to the next!

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July 31, 2017
Kacey Templin

Eight Coding Languages You Should Know

Kids & Coding, STEM

Code is what makes the digital world tick. It’s what constitutes an app, computer program, or a website. In a nutshell, it is the way people can write instructions to a computer and have that computer understand the message. While all digital programs require code to function, they each use a separate type of code, which is called coding language. Each language has different attributes that make it more suitable for a specific application. If you’re interested in becoming a web developer, you’d want to check out Ruby, Python, or C#. If you wanted to become a game developer you may want to learn Java, C or C++. Today, we’re checking out eight coding languages you ought to know!

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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 17, 2017
Mike Ritchie

Why 21st Century Kids Need a Programming Education

Kids & Coding, STEM

Coding, STEM, robotics; these have become buzzwords for what a 21st century education should be. Schools are working to integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum, and companies are looking to create products that help children learn and master these new skills. But is it right to put such an emphasis on ‘STEM education’ at the elementary school level?

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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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