Exploded

“How Things Work” books my Tween boy loves!

Several books have greatly contributed to the wealth of  “How Things Work” knowledge my almost 12 year old son has accumulated over the last few  years.   It is amazing what he learns from these books! Cool Stuff Exploded is my son’s favorite!   It also comes with  a CD that has some amazing animations.  The…

CaneyBook

Great Books on Building & Engineering for Kids

Want to get your child’s building and engineering juices flowing? Try these wonderful books.  I, personally, own each one of these books and use them with my own kids. Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book is one of the best ever building books for kids.  It uses very accessible building materials such as q-tips, newspaper, pasta,…

SketchUp

Quick Start Tutorial: Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a fabulous 3D Modeling tool to introduce to your kids.  SketchUp is a tool your child could use throughout their school and college career,  on into the adult workforce and life.   It is versatile & powerful, so it can be used for a myriad of  purposes.  You can even model things for…

SCRATCH

Elementary School Kids Can Program Computers!

As a software engineer,  I wanted to introduce my children to computer programming concepts in a way that was fun.   Scratch fit that quest.  Scratch is a free graphical, drag and drop style, programming language for elementary  & middle school age kids written by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  It is a wonderful way to introduce…