Create & Learn Monthly - Screen Time for Our Children Isn't Always Bad. Neither are the games!

Screen time tends to get a bad rep, especially when it comes to our kids. However, it isn't ALL bad! Games seem to have a similar reputation, but can they provide a better way to learn certain things? And we all love Shark Week over the summer, what are female scientists doing to encourage more girls to join them in shark research? Find out in our Create & Learn Monthly newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.


Can Screen Time Be Valuable for our Kids?

(USA Today)

(Photo: Michael Schennum/USA TODAY Network)

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 Might Be a Great Tool for Learning

(World Economic Forum)

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!


The Gills Club is Connecting Girls with Female Scientists

(Nation Swell)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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!

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Vote Here to Help More Students Learn AI & Data Science!

There are few things that are more important than AI & Data Science for kids to learn today. Yet, most students don’t have a remote opportunity to teach them. Luckily, now you can help us change that by voting for our SXSW EDU 2020 session proposal. Just click on the link and vote!

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!


The Evolution of Listening to Music

(News For Kids)

Photo by Alan Light [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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!

The First “Robobee” Takes Flight!

(The Harvard Gazette)

Harvard Microrobotics Lab/Harvard SEAS

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!

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Helping Blind Students Read, Write & Do Math, With Lego!

Legos have been a staple in every child’s toy collection, and now they are adding a set with Braille! How is it helping kids learn to read? When it comes to glasses, what does the future look like when they can focus according to where your eyes look? And space travel has taught us a lot about what’s out there, but more importantly it taught us about failure. 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.

Lego Launches New Braille Bricks to Help Blind Children

(News For Kids)

(Source: Lego.)

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!

Is Eye-Tracking Technology the Future of Glasses?

(Stanford News)

(Image credit: Robert Konrad)

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!

What Did Space Travel Teach Us About Failure?

(Fast Company)

(Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation)

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!

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Are there Aliens? This New Technology Might Help Us Find It

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.

How a Bendable Mirror Will Help Us Explore Our Solar System

(MIT Technology Review)

BLUE CANYON TECHNOLOGIES

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!

Pillows in Space?

(Wired)

NASA

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!

Plants That Light Up the Room?

(Smithsonian)

Scientists bioengineer living plants to emit light. (MIT)

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!

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More Reasons Why Your Mom Was Right About Broccoli

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.

A Broccoli a Day Keeps the Cancer Away?

(The Harvard Gazette)

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!

This New Chip Could Be the Future for AI

(MIT Technology Review)

PHOTOGRAPH BY TONY LUONG

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!

Platypus of the Crab World Discovered By Paleontologists

(Forbes)

Credit: Elissa Martin, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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!

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Hard to Believe? Use Transparent Wood Instead of Glass for Buildings

With climate change seemingly at the center of the conversation these days, more sustainable ways of doing things are increasingly appealing. The creation of transparent wood just might be what our buildings need to be more energy-efficient. Scientists are also researching flatworms and their amazing regenerative qualities — is this something that we might be able to harness? And when it comes to space, NASA’s Hubble is showing us just how swiftly our universe is expanding. 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.

Into the Wood: Our Green Energy Answer?

(Smithsonian)

American Chemical Society

Swedish researchers, fascinated by humans’ use of wood to create homes throughout history, decided to see if there were ways to harness it for green energy. They came up with a way to modify the wood to make it transparent, and possibly more sustainable than the glass we use as windows. It just might be the future! Learn all about the technology they are using to test the wood here.

The Regenerative Powers of Flatworms Explored

(Stanford News)

Sinhya / Getty Images

Flatworms have the amazing ability to regenerate their entire body from just a sliver of themselves. Despite many tests and theories, harnessing this unique and mysterious tool has been incredibly difficult, until now. Someone on the bioengineering team might’ve found how we can use this ability to help humans regenerate their own cells, but how? Find out more here!

The Universe is Expanding

(Hub)

NASA’s space telescope Hubble has shown scientists that the universe is expanding at a much more rapid rate than anticipated. This means that there might need to be new physics created in order to accurately understand what is happening, and how fast. Learn more about the amazing science behind it here!

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See How Drones Are Helping People Needing Critical Supplies

See How Drones Are Helping People in Need of Critical Medical Supplies

Just past Neptune is a minor planet that’s been known by humans for over a decade, and scientists have finally decided to name it — but they asked the public for some help to do so. In another part of space, Saturn’s moon, Titan, was found to have deep lakes! What does this mean? Back on Earth, Ghana has been using drones to deliver important medical supplies, does this change how we all might be delivering sensitive products in the future? Find out in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Is Gonggong the Best Name for a Minor Planet?

(The New York Times)

Alex H. Parker

What do you call a minor planet, about half the size of Pluto, that’s in the far reaches of the solar system? Astronomers didn’t know, either! After deciding that 2007 OR10 wasn’t the best name, they narrowed the choices down to three options, but asked the public to decide which one was best. Find out more about this minor planet and the names the public voted for here!

We’re Learning More About Saturn’s Moon, Titan

(MIT Technology Review)

NASA researchers have been exploring Titan for some time now, hoping to glean new information about Saturn’s largest moon. Deep methane-filled lakes were found thanks to NASA’s Cassini-probe. Learn more about what these findings mean and the amazing technology used to discover it here!

Drones, Ziplines & Medical Supplies: How Ghana Delivering Medicine

(News For Kids)

Source: Zipline.

Drones aren’t just for fun aerial shots now. Ghana and Rwanda have been using them to deliver important medical supplies in a push to help those that don’t live near the hospital or city-center. It’s relatively new, and the process is fascinating! Maybe this will catch on in the United States? Find out what Ghana is doing to assist those in rural areas using drones here.

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