child inserts electric wires into breadboard and Arduino

What is an Arduino?

Joe Wolf Tech

Today’s lesson: Arduino. What is it? Why is it? Where is it? How is it? We have the answers. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform. In the software world, open-source indicates something that can be modified by anyone. It’s “open,” with a design that’s publicly accessible. Arduino is a great introduction to programming for young engineers. It’s simple in design and easy to …

boy coding on laptop with an electronic device in hand

What is Coding for Kids?

Rebecca Gray Education

We live in an incredibly technological world that continues to innovate beyond our wildest imaginations.  Some of today’s high-tech games and gadgets can have parents scratching their heads wondering, “How do they do that?”.  More often than not, the answer is: Coding. To someone with no STEM background, it seems there must be a Wizard of Oz style curtain somewhere. …

teacher building engineering project with students

Engineering for Kids

Oscar Pedroso Education

As STEM curriculums continue to grow in public school programs across the country, it is obvious that many parents will find them asking themselves the true effectiveness of this adaptive curriculum on their child’s education.  The acronym created for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), was not established until 2001.  Parents may remember the evolution of technology during their own time in …

kids working on science project together

Easy STEM Activities for 5th Grade Students

Joe Wolf STEM Projects

Getting involved in STEM education doesn’t have to be hard! As STEM (or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education receives amplified attention across school districts, it’s important to understand the beauty behind STEM’s accessibility. STEM lessons or an expansive STEM project aren’t limited to older students. In fact, there are numerous STEM activities and projects geared toward younger learners. Interested in learning more? Check out Thimble’s quick …

kids working on project with teacher

The Best 8th Grade Science Fair Projects

Rebecca Gray STEM Projects

8th Grade Science Fair Projects – Don’t make it harder than it has to be! It’s happened. Your eighth-grader brought home an assignment that can strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere.  It’s true. The science fair is upon us.  The teacher has given them a lengthy rubric outlining all the requirements and presentation methods their assignment must adhere to.  The scope of …

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How to Use a Breadboard

Lily Dodge STEM Projects

Are you hoping to get started with electronics projects, but you don’t have a breadboard, soldering iron, or other materials needed to built your own circuits? Don’t worry! We’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to use electronics! But first, let’s go over how to use a breadboard.  Breadboards make it easy to build connections and develop …

binding posts on breadboard

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

Rebecca Gray Homeschooling

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 …

boy checking the mail

What’s the Best STEM Subscription Box for Kids?

Rebecca Gray Parents

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 …

boy building robot in garage

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

Joe Wolf Homeschooling, STEM Projects

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? …