Books Reviews, Children's Books, Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, STEM Learning

New Children’s STEM Book – Veronica and the Volcano

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New Children's STEM Book - Veronica and the Volcano

New Children’s STEM Book – Veronica and the Volcano

By: Geoffrey Cook

In August we moved to a new town here in Washington State. Our town lies beneath Mt. Rainier, a volcano. With a 9 year old son who now has to get used to lahar siren tests the first Monday of every month and has lahar escape drills he has been very curious about volcanos. This book may have been written for STEM learning for girls but Anthony is thoroughly intrigued. He has already agreed to donate his copy of this book to his classroom so other 4th grade kids can read it to in our town.

The Story

Ten-year-old Veronica lives in a high-tech, gadget-filled house on the slope of an active volcano. When she leaves on a quest to find rare white volcano pearls on the far side of the biggest volcano of all, Mount Mystery, she leads her father, her best friend Maddy, and her friend’s dad, the blustering Captain John, into a series of incredible adventures. But when the colossal volcano erupts, fears wins an election, and Veronica must square off against a fear-mongering villain: the Man-in-White.

Want to read Chapter 1? Follow this link to the book site!

Books Reviews, Children's Books, Giveaways, STEM Learning

5 STEM Books For Boys Under $10 – Giveaway

5 STEM Books For Boys
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5 STEM Books For Boys

Boys and science! They love to explore and we love when they learn. Books are one of the best tools to encourage the learning of STEM so I found 5 top-rated STEM books that elementary age boys will love

Nick & Tesla Book Series

In this series there are 6 books. Nick and Tesla are twins living with a Scientist Uncle. In some adventures they learn more about what the true nature of their parents past work. You can learn how to make a rocket launcher and other fun projects. It has a heavy focus on robotics. Each book is over 200 pages in a chapter style book with a few images throughout.

  1. Book 1 – High Voltage Danger Lab
  2. Book 2 – Robot Army Rampage
  3. Book 3 – Secret Agent Gadget Battle
  4. Book 4 – Super Cyborg Gadget Glove
  5. Book 5 – Special Effects Spectacular
  6. Book 6 – Solar-Powered Showdown

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

This popular book is a New York Times Best Seller about a boy who brought electricity to his Malawian Village. This young Inventor read books in his village library after a devastating crop season left his family hungry when electricity failed them and he built a windmill changing everything. Book Link!

Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra

This story is set in a haunted house and by using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division they will explore all that the house has inside. Book Link!

If I Built A Car

For the beginner reader is this popular book is about Jack’s adventures of building a dream car and has a rhyming flow inspired by the style of Dr Seuss. The car he plans to design includes safety features, a pool, a robot driver, and the ability to go underwater and fly through the air. Book link!

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison

If you have a child who loves to read you have most likely heard about the Who Was series of books. My son loves the Thomas Edison book in the series. A great way to learn everything about known Inventors, Authors, Sports Figures, Political Figures and more people who have inspired us. Book Link!

giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card to start your child off with some STEM learning. I am personally hosting and sponsoring this giveaway and will send an e-card to winner at the email entered on the entry. Ends 10/10. Gift Card will be is US dollars. Good luck!

Blog Giveaway- Find more here!

Back to School 2017, Education, STEM Learning

Creation Crate – A Tech Education Curriculum Subscription Box

I have partnered with Creation Crate for this feature

 

Creation Crate - A Tech Education Curriculum Subscription Box

 
Science and technology. It is all around our kids from the games they play and devices they hold to them watching us with our devices and even making our homes smarter. This is their world and will ever gain in momentum for their future. They need technology and they need the concepts, the earlier the better. Creation Crate is a subscription box, only it is an actual tech education curriculum that will walk them through tech in fun games and projects.

 

Creation Crate monthly

 
The 12 Month Curriculum builds on each previous month. So this is a plan where 1 box is sent each month and you need to hold onto all previous months boxes to use and build from. It is like an entire tech course for kids with pieces arriving a bit at a time so they keep paced and focus on one dynamic at a time. It is rather clever.

 
The full curriculum in order beginning with Month 1:

  1. Mood lamp
  2. Memory Game
  3. Distance Detector
  4. LED Dice Game
  5. Optical Theremin
  6. 2-Player Reflex Game
  7. Weather Station
  8. Audio Visualizer
  9. Lock Box
  10. Digital Multimeter
  11. Handheld Balance Game
  12. Strength Gauge

 

creation crate reward

 
Oh and the stickers can be proudly worn at the completion of a project. Now I had my 9 year old son try this out. We got box 1 and needed some help. It is rated for 12 and older and we were only stuck on a wire placement. I contacted the brand and they were helpful in helping us understand why we were stuck and how to fix it and move forward again.

 

 
Will a child you know enjoy and benefit from this plan? You can buy month to month, but if you commit to multiple months you will save quite a bit in the end. Even if all you can commit to is 1 month for now they will still learn a lot as they build themselves a mood lamp like ours. Start HERE!
 

Education, Gift Guides, Kids, Reviews by Anthony, STEM Learning, Video Reviews by Anthony

Playing with Mega Construx Despicable Me 3 Building Sets

Thank you to Mega Construx for partnering for this feature. Opinions are all my own

Playing with Mega Construx Despicable Me 3 Building Sets

Are you excited for the June 30 debut of Despicable Me 3 movie? We will be in the theaters that weekend seeing it because my husband is a bit of a minion fan. To get into the spirit, Mega Construx has a line of Despicable Me 3 building sets. full of building and learning with characters we all love.

Very similar to other building sets you get the pieces in bags and an instruction booklet with picture guides. It was easy to build. We love building and construction sets as they really require many skills to complete the build and your kids hardly know they are learning while they play.

Mega Construx is a branch of of Mega Blocks and have sets in the familiar characters we all love. Find sets for American Girl, Barbie, TMNT, Halo, Monster High, Pokemon, Spongebob and Power Rangers to just name a few. You can see all of the building set themes on their product page.

 Let Anthony show you about all of the Despicable me 3 sets he built below:

Find Mega Construx on Amazon and other retailers near you.

Education, Kids, Parenting, School, STEM Learning

DMA STEM Summer Camps Filling Fast – Save $75

DMA STEM Summer Camps Filling Fast - Save $75

DMA STEM Summer Camps

Digital Media Academy technology summer camps allow kids and teens to discover their passion for STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) through fun and exciting hands-on courses and collaboration at a location near you.

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It’s our mission to foster a learning community of diversity and excellence through memorable and innovative educational experiences led by the highest-quality instructors; building skills and confidence to empower lifelong learners to follow their dreams and make a lasting impact.

We also know that, girls may shy away from subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math because they are often seen as male-dominated fields. To change that, Digital Media Academy is committed to increasing girls’ confidence in coding and STEM subjects through immersive courses taught by role models and mentors dedicated to empowering all learners, creators, and makers. DMA’s Made By Girls initiative aims to build tech confidence in young women, and was created exclusively to support early positive experiences with technology.

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Learn the skills of tomorrow this summer at a location near you! With hands-on summer camps for kids and teens ages 6-17, there is no limit to what you can create this summer at Digital Media Academy.

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Popular courses include Intro to Java Programming, VR & Game Design Academy, Wearable Tech & Fashion Design, and the Filmmaking Academy, and much more!

Save BIG on summer camps for a limited time! Use discount code TECHFUN17 for $75 off each summer camp registration. The savings is $35 off our Jr. Adventures courses. Don’t wait – with limited seats available, summer camps are filling fast! Offer expires 5/1/17.

DMA Summer Camps Contact

Question? Call us at 866-656-3342 or send an email to info@digitalmediaacademy.org to speak with a Camp Advisor.

Education, Gift Guides, Kids, STEM Learning, Toy Reviews

Learning Science in a New Way with Basher Books and Toys

Sample toys sent for feature

learning science

Learning should be fun. When I was school aged, science was always my favorite subject. It was the one class where we were constantly tinkering, getting out of our seats for labs and just using our kinesthetic learning skills to experiment. One of my favorite science teachers was so wacky and loved having us up and moving. The kind of teacher who years later knows you are getting married and is thrilled to attend. Simon Basher has the same passion for teaching science in a way that is fun and engaging.

science toys

The best part is that the new Basher toys and card games to go along with his books he has been creating are here in the US at Target stores. My son is already anxious to collect more science toys in the Series 1 of characters. You know about collecting toys by series-they have levels of blind boxes or mini building block bags that are released in a series and that concept applies here too. We have Gas, Liquid, Aton, Ion and Molecule for Series 1 Basher Figureines.

periodic table

Mattel offered to join Basher Science to create these toys. The toy line includes Basher Science figurines, card games, collectable cards, play sets and experiment kits. They feature characters from Basher’s Periodic Table, Physics, Biology and Rocks and Minerals books.

chemistry book

Basher Science also has over 30 science and learning books from preschooler to older children. We have the book, Chemistry: Getting A Big Reaction. It is our nightly reading book and are about half way through it now. My son is 8 and is loving everything about the book and toys. The card games are a science twist of the games Uno and Memory. It is a great addition to the book to keep the learning going. He has not started Chemistry in school yet, but I can’t help to think Basher Science will now have him well prepared when he does as we continue to collect and play with the new toys and games.

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Make sure you visit the toys aisle at your local Target on your next visit and find the Basher Science products. You can also find some Basher Science products on Amazon.