GoldieBlox – Hit or Miss? (it’s complicated)

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When I first heard of GoldieBlox, as a father of four girls I was very excited.  I’ve always been bummed by the fact that building and invention toys have been marketed more at boys.  Lego has tried to orient a few product lines at girls as well, but I have been disappointed with them overall … [Read more…]

What is a Makey Makey?

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This fabulous device, the creation of Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver, is a very inexpensive way to connect kids to computing in a fun, non-threatening, and creative way.  Before they made Makey Makey, these two gentlemen were hard at work creating several other great ideas for kids and technology in the Media Lab at MIT, … [Read more…]

Minecraft Adventure #3 – Basic Crafting

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This is the second adventure in our Minecraft Adventures series.  To start back at the beginning, check out our Introduction to Minecraft Adventures post. For more information about Minecraft, check out Minecraft: What’s the Deal? Now that you have mastered the nerd pole, and the basic ideas of gathering resources and building basic structures, let’s … [Read more…]

Minecraft Adventure #2 – Breaking and Building

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This is the second adventure in our Minecraft Adventures series.  To start back at the beginning, check out our Introduction to Minecraft Adventures post. For more information about Minecraft, check out Minecraft: What’s the Deal? The name Minecraft is a somewhat simple combination of the words “mine” and “craft”. This is probably because the two … [Read more…]

Bose Build – Build Your Own Speaker

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Bose has released a new science activity / toy for kids, called Bose Build.  The kit comes with all of the components kids will need to build their own Bluetooth speaker, complete with LED lights and customizable side panels.  It looked like a lot of fun, so we ordered one and I gave the box … [Read more…]

Minecraft Adventures – Introduction

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So you want to play Minecraft… Maybe you’ve read our review of Minecraft Admittedly, getting started in Minecraft can be an intimidating venture, especially for those who don’t normally engage in video games.  You find yourself staring into a virtual world, no supplies and no idea of how to get around or what you are … [Read more…]

Minecraft Adventure #1 – Moving Around

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If you can’t move, you can’t play.  Log in and create a new world using creative mode.  Practice walking around using the W,A,S and D keys.  Jump using the SPACE bar, and crouch down or sneak using the LEFT SHIFT key.  Moving your mouse will change the direction you are facing.  Try walking forward (holding … [Read more…]