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Live Online Classes for Kids – the Next Advancement in Distance Education

Online classes for kids are missing an important piece of the puzzle. Parents all over are getting up close and personal with dozens of online learning platforms.  Khan Academy, Lexia, Freckle, Google Classroom, Flipgrid, Zoom, Flocabulary, and Class Dojo are becoming common household words.  Like it or not – it looks like online learning is here for the foreseeable future.  So you better write down all …

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What’s the Best STEM Subscription Box for Kids?

Curious about a STEM subscription box for kids? There’s a lot of different monthly mailing services out there.  From Stitch Fix Kid’s fashion boxes to the Unicorn Dream Box subscription service for unicorn lovers (Yes –  that’s a real thing).  The options are varied and endless (and sometimes a little bit odd).  If you’re looking to commit to one for …

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Why Isn’t My Child Learning Robotics, Coding, and Game Design in School? (And What to Do About It)

There’s no better time than now for primary and secondary STEM education. STEM-based career opportunities continue to grow, which means our young learners only benefit from quality time spent on STEM projects in school. So if this is true, then why isn’t your child necessarily learning as much as he or she can about robotics, coding, and game design? And what can you do about it? …

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So Your Child Wants to Make Video Games? – An Outlet for the Game Obsessed

Don’t know the first thing about how to make a video game for kids? We got you. Let’s take a second and talk about how their desire to create a video game is a good thing.  Their obsession with video games is not necessarily ruining their lives, despite what some may tell you. It might even be steering them towards a lucrative career, and no I’m not referencing …

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Arduino Projects for Kids

Simple Arduino Projects for Kids It’s not always easy to get kids excited about engineering projects – when things are too difficult, young students can get frustrated and overwhelmed and may be tempted to give up. Here at Thimble, we’ve found that the key to keeping students engaged in STEM learning is to provide projects with just the right level of …

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Here’s What You Should Know About Pandemic Pods for Kids

School’s back! Sort of. The pandemic’s left schools with no other choice: Remote learning is the name of the game. Now, parents, teachers, and children are faced with a myriad of challenges. For parents, the online learning scope is completely new terrain to stumble across. With their children home all day, parents are scrambling for child care options and private tutors so that they can still effectively work full-time jobs. Teachers …

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The Importance of STEM Education

What is STEM Education and why is it important? STEM Education is a term that teachers and administrators like to throw around. A LOT.  Even our local preschool touts a monthly STEM focus with their four-year-old class.  What exactly is everyone talking about? What is STEM? STEM is an acronym.  It refers to the different subjects that are most utilized in STEM fields.  It …

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STEM Toys VS STEM Projects

So, you’ve bought the most recent STEM toy for your kids.  Whether it’s a collaborative build or a basic science kit, it’s a better option for your child as the educational component is disguised by the fun in the process.  You build it together, incorporate the educational aspects, and then it’s complete.  Now what?   Even if you could repeat the …