The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most well-known myth in the world. However, recent studies of the lake's DNA are showing us some very interesting -- and unexpected -- results. Hint: eels might be involved! Find out all about it by reading this article here!
It's been getting pretty hot these days. So hot, that records have been breaking. To combat this increase in heat, big companies like Sony are working to create devices that can cool individuals off. But how? Find out all about it here!
It's no secret that dogs have their own unique personalities. However, Harvard researchers have been using their brains as a means to understand how breeding affects it, as well as its relationships to our own brain evolution. Learn all about the fascinating findings about man's best friend here!
With phones, tablets, laptops, and more readily available to all of us, it makes sense that we worry about how it might affect us and our children. Though it's always good to practice moderation, screen time might provide more accessibility for our kids than ever before, which in turn could mean more opportunity. Learn more about how this might be here!
Games, though fun, can often be viewed as a leisure activity more than a teaching tool. However, new research has shown that more games in the classroom for specific subjects can help our children's motivation to learn. Find out how this works, and what benefits games in the classroom hold, here!
We celebrated Shark Week earlier this summer, and it's clear that there is still a rather large gender disparity. Luckily, The Gills Club is looking to change that! They are pairing girls with female scientists to hopefully encourage more to enter the science field. Learn more about this club and the great work they're doing here!
We landed on the moon 50 years ago, and until recently, the rush to visit again has been on pause. However, more countries are looking to send people to the moon, including the United States. What caused this race to the moon to suddenly become so important? And what do we need to know about it? Find out all about this moon race here!
50 years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon, marking an amazing time in American history. However, as unsurprising as it might be, it cost quite a bit to get there. Find out exactly how much it cost for NASA to put a man on the moon, and why it’s important, here!
Remember E.T. and the famous moment of the boy riding his bike with his alien friend to the moon? What if someone does do it…? Find out what this Wired journalist calculated, and the interesting things they found along the way, by checking out this article! You might be surprised by what you find.
Hopefully you all know by now that, at Create & Learn, we are very passionate about bringing the next generation of Computer Science education to students, grades K-9. SXSW EDU is a premier education conference. We are proposing a session that that will help more parents and educators understand the importance of learning these subjects and how they can teach it too! Watch the video below and help bring AI & Data Science to more students by voting for our SXSW EDU 2020 session proposal!
Sony changed how we listen to music in July of 1979 when they released the “Walkman.” If you don’t remember (or maybe it was before your time), this was this very first introduction to headphones attached to something you could take on a “walk” with you. Obviously, this idea really took off, and is definitely the norm now. But how did this one invention kickstart how we listen to music now? Read all about it here!
Harvard researchers have been working hard to have bee-sized robots take successful untethered flights, and it looks like that’s finally happened. Their “Robobee” took flight earlier this year, and it was even caught on video! But what does this mean for the future of tiny robots? And what could they be used for? Find out all about it, and watch the fascinating video, here!
Most of us grew creating our own worlds with Legos, or perhaps following the directions to perfectly create what was pictured on the box they came in. Recently, Lego launched a Braille line to help blind students learn to read, write, and do mathematics. Find out all about the simple and fun way Lego is introducing Braille here!
For some people, one pair of glasses isn’t enough. Luckily, some Stanford researchers have created “auto-focals” that can track our eyes and adjust to what we need. They’re hoping that these glasses might take the place of surgery for people who need it. Find out how this technology works, and the science behind it, here!
50 years ago, we landed on the moon for the first time. There have been countless successes NASA has celebrated, the moon landing one of the largest, but there have been plenty of failures along the way. What did this culture of learning from failure harness in the space-travel world? Find out all about it here!
Remember playing with Hot Wheels growing up, building elaborate tracks to see which cars could handle each turn? Kids today are still enjoying them, but the age at which they’re switching from physical toys to tablets is dropping, and Hot Wheels is looking to get virtual to keep up. Also new to technology are MIT’s “roboats” that are able to target and latch onto each other. And up in space, the International Astronomical Union is letting the world vote for the names of stars they find. Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.
We all had them growing up: Hot Wheels. It’s actually still the number-one selling toy, but the time with which kids are playing with these toys is decreasing drastically each year, and technology is mostly to blame. However, Hot Wheels is looking to adapt to the times with virtual games, but what will this mean for its future? See what their plans are here!
In Amsterdam, where canals flow through the city, MIT researchers are crating “roboats” that can target and latch onto each other. These studies are in efforts to use robot technology as useful, everyday tools. In fact, collecting trash out of the water is one of the abilities of the “roboats”! What’s next for the future of these boats? Find out by checking out this article here!
It’s the International Astronomical Union’s 100th birthday, and they are celebrating by letting the world name exoplanets (everything else in the sky that aren’t planets or stars). Now, it’s not just any exoplanets, and you have to find it first, but it doesn’t mean you don’t still get to say ‘finders keepers.’ So far, some really interesting names have been suggested! (Hint: Lord of the Rings.) Read all about how you can join in the search here!
Growing up, who hasn’t been fascinated by the possibility of the existence of aliens. A new bendable telescope mirror might take us one step closer to finding the answer. When it comes to astronauts traveling through space, sleep is as important as their daily activities. How does not having a pillow change that? And back on Earth, glowing plants could possibly be what lights up our homes in the future. Read all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.
What is out there, in the vastness of space? Is there life outside of Earth? These questions push scientists to continue to innovate technology that might bring us the answer, and a bendable mirror is the latest creation. This mirror will reside in a telescope, CubeSat, that will launch into space. Why this is the technology we need to get some answers to those questions? Find out here!
With all these travels into space, Mars specifically, it’s important that the astronauts feel at home. While they don’t technically needs pillows — zero-gravity does that for you — the psychological comfort a pillow provides outweighs the practicality (pun intended). And as the journeys are taking longer and longer, it’s even more important! Find out what scientists are doing to add pillows to the lineup, and why it’s so important that they do, here!
Imagine a world where, instead of light switches and lamps, plants light up each room. The vines grow as they’d like and provide a greenish light in every room. This is what some scientists hope is the future of living sustainably and have created a mock-building to show it off. Find out how these plants are able to light up, and watch an interesting video on it, by checking out this article!
You’ve been feeding your kids the broccoli that your mom asked you to eat. Here is one more reason why the fight is worth it: in a recent find, cruciferous veggies have been found to hold qualities that just might fight off tumors, but how? Jeff Bezos has been on the forefront of technology for a long time. He is now onto chips that power AI. Under the sea, scientists have just found the “platypus” of the crab world. Learn all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.
We grew up thinking that an “apple a day” is the answer to good health, but brussels sprouts and broccoli might have just taken the lead. New research has found that certain compounds in these cruciferous veggies link to one of the body’s most potent tumor-suppressing genes. Find out exactly what researchers found, and all the scientific details, here!
What do karate-chopping robots, flapping drones, scientists, and sci-fi authors have in common? The exclusive Amazon-hosted MARS event, of course! At this recent conference, a new chip was presented that just might be the future of AI. This chip would replace the conventional silicone chips and would be placed in things like drones and robots. Find out more about this amazing new chip and all it’s capable of here!
It’s truly perplexing what scientists have found — a very platypus-like crab, Callichimaera perplexa. In fact, it’s unlike any other crab that’s been discovered. What is it that makes a crab a crab? That’s the question scientists are asking now after this discovery. Learn all about this unique and strange find here!
Pictures of happy kids, shiny computers, big smiles, and enticing class descriptions … this is what you see on almost every website that advertises kids computer classes. But how do you tell if your kid will really learn? Check out these 4 simple yet effective ways to tell if a program is as good as it advertises, and some of the ways might surprise you. Read on to find out more!
Samaira Mehta is changing the coding game, and she’s only 10! Mehta is founder and CEO of her own company CoderBunnyz, which is a board game that teaches players as young as 4 basic coding concepts. When she was learning to code, she noticed a gap in the education field that was much needed, and decided to create her own game. Learn all about Mehta and CoderBunnyz here!
As our children grow up, it’s inevitable that technology and the internet will become part of their daily lives just as much as our own. Cybersecurity is an increasingly important issue, but when do we let our kids know of this? And what’s the best way to do it? Learn all about it here!
Pictures of happy kids, shiny computers, big smiles, and enticing class descriptions … this is what you see on almost every website that advertises kids computer classes. But how do you tell if your kid will really learn? In fact, even after your kid has gone through the program and seemed happy, how much have they actually learned?
These are important questions because coding is a critical skill to master and schools teach very little of it. So, parents have to turn to after-school programs/camps to make sure their kids fill the gap. I struggled with these questions for years myself before founding Create & Learn. My daughter started attending tech camps in summer since age 6. But results had been mostly disappointing (and the most expensive ones often fell short the most). I spent a lot of efforts figuring out what she had learned and benchmarking. But for busy parents who don’t have time, or those who don’t have a coding background, how can you tell?
Luckily over the years, we have found some very simple but strong indicators of program quality that will only take you a few minutes to check without having to do hours of deep research. The key is to go beyond the fancy pictures and words, and get to the foundation of the programs.
#1: Class Size
Your intuition probably tells you smaller class size is better already. But do you realize it pretty much sets the ceiling for how good a program can be? Even the best teacher in the world will have his/her hands tied in a large classroom because the teacher can no longer adapt to individual student’s needs. Personalized attention is particularly important for developing students’ creativity and critical thinking skills. What we have found is that if there are more than half a dozen students per class, the teaching will likely be instruction-based following a rigid template, without sufficient attention to each student’s strength and areas of needs. For elementary or middle school students who are still learning how to learn, the lack of individual attention will fail to deliver the best learning.
#2: Differentiated Projects
When you see your kid’s projects at the end of a program, don’t just get excited about what your kids have done :). Take a look at how your child’s projects are different from those of other students’. In many programs, students produce almost identical projects. This is because instead of teaching kids coding, teachers just hand detailed instructions for building the projects to students, who then blindly follow the steps. There is little true learning, exploring, and creating. As a result, even after producing the projects, many students still don’t understand what they have done.
#3: Teacher’s Background
Most camps are staffed by high school and college students. They are great people, and some may care about teaching, but can they teach well? Teaching is a skill that takes many years to master. Think for a second examples from your own school days, of both good and bad teachers. Did they make a world of difference in your own learning? Effective teachers not only help your kid do one class well, but also nourish his/her passion for learning in general. The reverse is also true. The influence of a poor teacher can go far beyond a single class. So be very mindful about who teach your kids.
#4: Who Created the Curriculum?
Learning coding is not that different from learning skills like painting or swimming in that learning from the masters or Olympians will no doubt set your kids on a much more successful path. The experiences and accomplishments in the tech world of the people who create the curriculum determine how far the program can bring your kids. If you would like your kids to go far in the tech world, find out if the curriculum team has worked in the top tech companies and if they are insiders of both the tech and business side of the broader high-tech industry, not just someone who can code.
There you have it!
To sum up, check out these 4 things before signing up your kids for a coding class/camp:
Class size — ideally no more than 5–6 students per class
Whether students produce diverse projects
Background of the teachers — do they have extensive teaching experiences?
Who created the curriculum — do they just know how to code, or have they held important technical and business roles in top tech companies?
Here’s to all of our kids having fun, learning and flourishing! If you would like to get a taste of what a first-tier program looks like, sign up for a free class at www.create-learn.us.