My daughter Jane and I had fun in this video for General Mills and Megabloks about the joy of using cardboard and spare parts to create a Rube Goldberg contraption, as part of their Rev Up the Breakfast Table campaign.
- It STEMs from Somewhere: As an illustrator and journalist, my
girls are exposed to creative arts all the time, so exploring activities
rooted in science helps promote learning in other areas. Plus, I
learn a lot from my kids about creativity, experimentation and
improvisation in the process.
- Building the Bond: Creating something together and seeing it
daughters. In fact, I wrote the book Maker Dad, because I saw the
need for a resource that gives dads and daughters ideas for activities
they both enjoy doing.
- It’s What’s Inside That Counts: General Mills putting a free, buildable
Mega Bloks car in its cereal boxes is a nostalgic experience for me and
one I love to share with my daughters. We’re all excited for the free
- Try and You Shall Succeed: Building an elaborate structure like this
shows that it’s okay to fail, just try again! These kinds of challenges
will stretch your mental muscles, and are also a great way to give
your kids an introduction to real-life challenges.
- Get Creative: Making a Rube Goldberg contraption leverages the
it to our extreme. You can build small ramps and simple structures
from anything in your house.
I’ve mentioned it online before, but here we go: Two years ago, my wife and I decided to leave our rented home behind and move into a 40-foot RV. We spend our spring and summer in Alberta, Canada where she has a job for six months of the year working as an addictions counselor. The […]
Androkavo tests some of the cheap eBay solder against the brand-name stuff; it gets there in the end, but it’s surely not the advertized 60/40 alloy and needs to be close to 400° before it behaves itself.
MIT Tech Review's Antonio Regalado rounds up the year's stupidest, worst moments in tech, from the guy who created his own CRISPR-based gene therapy to beef up his muscles and injected it to Donald Trump's Twitter feed to the FCC's Net Neutrality catastrophe. Of course, Juicero rates a mention.
The human eye is a powerful thing, but it’s not so great at seeing in the dark or around tight spaces, which is partially why most of us struggle with unplugging drains, cleaning under the fridge, and other hard-to-reach jobs. This 1080p HD Waterproof WiFi Wireless Endoscopic Camera, however, gives you the flexibility necessary to get […]
Macs are undeniably some of the most versatile computers on the market, but they can do so much more than what their stock apps allow. For those looking to get the most out of their Mac hardware, the Pay What You Want 2018 Super Mac Bundle features 10 of the industry’s top apps, including photo editors and […]
Salesforce has reinvented the way companies manage customer information, close deals, and ultimately drive revenue, so it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the more valuable skills you can list on your resume today. In fact, according to research from Burning Glass, this platform is now the 7th most in-demand software skill, beating out […]