Mar

19

How To Make A Distance Detector!

  Do you know how bats get around in the dark? Using echolocation, bats bounce sound waves off of nearby objects to find their way around in complete darkness. Through the Ultrasonic Sensor, you can experience this first-hand! In this project you will learn how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor and translate it into an output displayed on a LED bar graph and a tone played through a buzzer. Want to see more projects you could be creating every month?

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Mar

19

How To Make A Mood Lamp!

This lamp changes colors and only turns on when the lights are off! In this month, you will learn how to write your very own computer program in the Arduino language and how to connect electronic components together using a breadboard and some wires. You will learn about basic programming concepts – such as comments and variables – as well as how the Uno R3 microcontroller uses this code to set the brightness of the LED lights. Once you’ve mastered this, the sky’s the limit! Want to see what other projects you could be creating with Creation Crate?

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Jan

20

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What is STEM Education? Homeschool Guide For Parents & Newbies!

So…. What Is STEM Education? If you read or watch the news, every once in awhile you hear about how American children are far behind other countries when it comes to math and science education. It’s not because these subjects are boring, it’s because American educators don’t know how to make these subjects fun for younger ages. That’s where you come in, Mom and Dad! You can make science and math fun. It’s important for your youngsters to have a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively called STEM. The younger you pique their interests, the sooner your children’s minds turn to solving problems related to interacting with […]

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Jan

04

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[Infographic] Most Common Advantages of a Homeschooled Child vs a Public School Student

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: That is the Question…. Studies have shown that there is a difference between homeschooled children and children in the public school system. While homeschooling not only produces well-adjusted adults, it gives the parents a chance to spend more time with their children. There are plenty of benefits of homeschooling your child, and this infographic will delve into those benefits and trends. It’s not to say that homeschooling is for every child, but it has produced some amazing results. Take a look at the animated infographic to get some more information about the most common advantages of a homeschooled child versus a public school student. […]

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Dec

01

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The BEST Holiday Gift Guide For Brilliant, Science-Minded Kids

The winter holiday gift-giving season is upon us… … and that means shopping for the kids. As a parent with curious children who like everything, you may not know what your kids want or need this year. There are so many gifts and so little time, how do you come up with gift ideas? This is especially true if you have a Maker in your life. You know, the child who likes to disassemble your toaster oven and put it back together again just to see how it works? That’s a Maker. Unfortunately, a Maker can be difficult to buy for because you don’t want to buy something that may […]

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Nov

10

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5 Awesome Toys That Can Help Develop Children’s Critical Thinking

Every parent wants to give his or her children every advantage starting out in life. Experts agree that children benefit most from creative play with math and science in their earliest formative years. Providing your kids with toys, such as those found inside a Creation Crate, help promote critical thinking skills that are essential to helping them get a head start on their education and their future. Here are five toys specially designed to help your children develop critical thinking skills. Magna Tiles (The Valtech Company) http://www.magnatiles.com/ While these are a bit on the pricey side, Magna Tiles are worth every penny. These magnetic locking tiles let your kids build […]

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Nov

05

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Ultimate Checklist: 10 Tools Every Great Maker MUST Have To Get Started

  It should really come as no surprise to you, but having the right tools for a job are an absolute essential. If you are trying to use less-than-ideal tools, or if you find yourself having to borrow tools from somewhere else, it’s time for you to go out and find your own. Having your own tools is one of the best things you can do because you will use them for so many different projects, and the benefits are unbelievable! Creation Crate can give you some great ideas for projects that let your imagination soar. Some of these projects may require the right tools. When you go to buy […]

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Nov

01

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5 of the World’s Most Brilliant Thinkers on The Importance Of Early Education

When it comes to early childhood education: (and were we being completely honest, education at all levels) The United States public education system is in need of a serious overhaul. Literacy for reading and mathematics trails the rest of the world by a wide margin. Despite vast spending on education, standardized tests and leaving no child behind, there has been little in the way of progress to bridge the achievement gap in the United States. While there is a vast plethora of scholarly research on what is and is not effective in educating young children during their most formative years, it seems that many school systems in the United States […]

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Oct

20

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Science Mom’s 5 Favorite Halloween Projects From Pinterest!

Science Mom’s 5 Favorite Halloween Projects From Pinterest!   With Halloween just around the corner, Now is the time to start thinking about fun and exciting projects that you can do with your kids. Even though the holiday is all about candy and dressing up… Why not incorporate some science projects into it as well? After all, the more you make learning fun, the more your kids want to learn. With that in mind, We dove deep into the world of Pinterest to find some spooky and spectacular science projects that you can easily do with your little ones. All you need is some creativity, a few household supplies and […]

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Sep

22

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STEM Education. Where We Are, Where We Should Be, and How To Get There

The truth is, millions of parents every year surrender to the realization… “My child is more technologically advanced than I am” It’s okay to admit! Often wherever you find a parent troubleshooting a computer issue… nearby is a growingly impatient child that kicks them out of the seat and solves the issue! This difference in parents and children’s understanding of technology is often a comical conversation around the dinner table. What isn’t funny is the reality that millions of children are missing out on critical years of development in STEM education due to parents and teachers having little to no experience in STEM topics. Our government has done our youth a disservice when it comes […]

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