St. Martin 1st graders working together on Contraption Maker puzzles on a SMART board.

When I was growing up, I rarely interacted with kids outside my immediate age group at school.  1st graders played with other 1st graders, 2nd graders had separate lunch and recess times, and so on, until I reached high school.  Many schools are bucking this trend by having cooperative learning and play times where multi-aged […]

The Entrance Public School

This month we reached a very significant milestone for Contraption Maker.  After giving away Contraption Maker for free to educators for more than a year, we have managed to give away Contraption Maker copies to over 500 schools, including every US state, 19 other countries, and across every continent except Antarctica.  Check out our map […]

A child plays Contraption Maker at the Happy Kids Homeschool Science Fair

As many of you know, October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly went to the future to save his children in Back to the Future Part II.  With a heavy theme of science and discovery, it’s no wonder that organizations such as Happy Kids Homeschool in Puerto Rico held a Back to the […]

Me talking with middle school students last week.  Image courtesy Heather Hawkins

I know it’s cliché to say, “Isn’t technology wonderful?”  Still, I’m going to say it because I live in a world where I can be in Eugene, Oregon and do a Skype presentation with a few dozen middle school students in Andover, Kansas. These students are studying Rube Goldberg machines, which is why they have been using Contraption […]

A brother and sister talk about pulleys and levers in Contraption Maker during the UO Science Open House.

As firm believers in STEM education, it’s great to support science education on a global scale.  We’ve given away Contraption Maker to over 400 schools, after school programs, and other educational initiatives around the world.  No matter how global you get, it’s also good to be active in your local community too, which is why […]

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