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The Best Educational Tech Toys for Kids and Teens

Everyone wants their kid to be a genius, but not everyone puts the work in. You're clearly not one of those people, since you've opened this article and are willing to equip your offspring with the tools they need for a bright future in STEM. Read More >>

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LittleBits’ STEM Building Kits Are On Black Friday Sale

We love the LittleBits STEM kits, which allow engineering-minded kids to do everything from booby-trapping their rooms to hacking the house. Read More >>

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Weapons Manufacturers Routinely Sponsor School Lessons

Companies that make a living selling bombs at least on the side are the target of an investigation by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which says the likes of BAE, Raytheon and Thales are sponsoring learning sessions for primary school children in what would appear to be an attempt to groom kids for careers as warhead assemblers. Read More >>

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This Kit Uses a Motion-Sensing Wand to Teach Kids Code – No Hogwarts Required

Kano’s first product was a computer that kids could build as easily as a Lego set, helping to demystify the technologies we obsess over. The company’s next product is a buildable, motion-sensing wand that swaps spells for simple programming making it easy for kids to conjure up magical interactions with a flick of the wrist – and hopefully learn a thing or two about coding in the process. Read More >>

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Bus Tours of Roadworks and Building Sites Offered to Make People Want to be Builders

Do you think you have what it takes to engage in banter on a building site? If so, you might be interested in a promotion the government is running at the moment, where members of the public can tour building sites and infrastructure projects to get some sort of idea of what the work entails. Read More >>

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Toy Company Primo Supports Women in STEM with #CodingGirls

Primo Toys, a company that already supports STEM subjects from a young age with its range of educational toys, is upping the ante in supporting gender equality in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It's launched the #CodingGirls campaign in a bid to inspire more girls and women to get involved in coding. Read More >>

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Empowering The Next Generation of Women in STEM

Bringing coding to high schools across Sydney, Coder Academy is working to get girls interested (or at the very least, aware of) the opportunities that are available in STEM fields - before they begin to think about their university and career choices. Read More >>

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These Black Female Mathematicians Should Be Stars in the Blockbusters of Tomorrow

The hallways of maths and science history are overflowing with the achievements of white men, from Sir Isaac Newton to Steve Jobs; their faces are printed into school textbooks everywhere, and their achievements have been indelibly drilled into our minds, with countless awards and institutions named after them. To be brilliant is a gift, but who gets to be remembered as such involves privilege. Read More >>

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Lego’s Next Fan-Designed Set Celebrates the Women of NASA

Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures’ recent Academy Award nominations, including one for best picture, Lego has just revealed the next fan-designed set it’s officially putting into production, and it also celebrates women who have played key roles in the history of the US space programme. Read More >>

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A Black Female Astrophysicist Explains Why Hidden Figures Isn’t Just About History

First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, Hidden Figures—the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA—is number one at the US box office. It’s raked in roughly $6o million so far, and counting. Read More >>

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LEGO Made a Miniature Working Version of the Panama Canal

Have you ever wondered how the largest ships in the world are able to cross Panama as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic? The locks system in the Panama Canal are a modern engineering marvel, and how they work is now cleverly explained through this new LEGO Education set. Read More >>

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Bose’s New Speaker Only Costs £113 But You Have to Build It Yourself

Every company wants kids to build stuff. Not in an illegal child labour kind of way, but in a fun and educational kind of way. Ball robots are teaching kids code and Google’s new modular blocks work toward a similar goal. But Bose’s BOSEbuild speaker is more interested in teaching the ins and outs of sound and speaker design. It also looks cool as hell. Read More >>

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A Remote Control Ball Might Be the Most Enjoyable Way to Learn to Code

Between Android and iOS there are now over four million apps available for mobile devices, so there’s no denying that more and more, programming is becoming a useful skill. You don’t need to head back to school to learn to code, though, because a programmable remote control ball makes the process so much more enjoyable. Read More >>

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Lucky School Students are Getting XKCD in Their Textbooks

Randall Monroe’s XKCD does a stellar job of explaining scientific concepts while also making people laugh. So, it makes a surprising amount of sense for those comics to find their way into high school textbooks. Read More >>

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Look at all the Wonderful Wooden Gears Inside This Elastic-Powered Locomotive

The wooden laser-cut dinosaur skeleton is a staple of most museum and science centre gift shops. But a company called UGEARS has turned those wooden puzzles into engineering marvels with more gears and moving parts than a Swiss watch. Read More >>