Inventors

African American Pioneers: Innovative Minds, Then and Now

Last year, we shared the stories of 16 historic black inventors and scientists to inspire the kids in your classroom. These are people who are not always recognized for their efforts, yet their influence shapes the industries they worked in to this day. This made us wonder, who are the modern day inventors and innovators inspiring …

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Kids Love Slime! Exploring Slime Videos and the Science Behind the Goo

There’s something oozing in your bathroom, down your stairs, and into your pantry. It glitters pink, rolls with foam balls, and may have small toys stuck in it. And your kids and students can’t get enough. It’s SLIME! Slime has taken over the minds of children and teens across the country, as they watch videos …

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4 Super-Engaging Cranberry STEAM Activities For Kids

Did you know that cranberries are one of only a handful of fruits native to North America? Those cans of sauce that get opened every year for Thanksgiving have a long history, dating back to before the Pilgrims even arrived. In the 17th century, Native Americans used cranberries for their medicinal value and to draw …

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10 Kid-Friendly Movies that Inspire Children to be Scientists and Inventors

We love sharing stories of cool historic inventors and pioneering women who did amazing work for the STEAM field. So many of these stories would make amazing movies! Movies about science and invention introduce kids to heroes and other figures they can look up to and emulate. The next time you’re making popcorn for movie …

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6 Female Movers and Shakers in STEAM, From Then to Now

This month marks the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. Since long before 1920, women have been shaping progress in all parts of the world, playing integral if underrecognized roles in the development of scientific thought, engineering feats, and technological inventions. Here are just a few of …

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Competitions, Tech Fairs, and Maker Fests for Inventors and Robotics Hobbyists

Making and inventing are great ways for families to bond. They can work to solve problems and develop prototypes, or see the work of others in action. As robotics and making increases in popularity, so do the opportunities to see the work of others and showcase local inventors. Below, we’ve found 20 such amazing opportunities. …

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Trailblazers in History: 16 Black Inventors and Scientists to Inspire Your Kids

The movie Hidden Figures is a chance for young African American girls to see themselves reflected in the work of great NASA engineers Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan. Even in 2018, science and technology fields struggle with diversity, and it’s hard for young girls and black students to find role models who look …

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