Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
I love to see programs that inspire children to expand their career choices. At IBM’s EXITE Camp, girls learn about game systems, environmental issues and computer programming though hands-on activities. The inspiration doesn’t stop the last day of camp. Campers are paired up with a female IBM mentor, and they communicate through email and in-person meetings throughout the school year. One of the mentors mentioned, “When they walk out Friday, they have a whole new light bulb in their heads.” What a great way to build confidence in 11 and 12-year-old students.
You can check out the article here.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Eighteen year-old, Mandy Matherly, is putting on the second annual LEGO Build-Off Fundraiser at the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Virginia on Saturday, August 4th! She is putting this on to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of her 14-year-old friend, Morgan Hall, who suffers from the most acute form of muscular dystrophy.
If you are looking for something worthwhile and meaningful to do with your kids this summer find out how to get involved in the build-off here!
Donna M. Carroll offers some great advice on finding the best toys for kids. Although there are no “right” toys parents can take comfort in the fact that there are “countless classic toys, as well as re-inventions of classics that entertain kids as they help them meet their developmental needs.” She explains that “the best toys are those that allow the child to make things happen, rather than watching what the toy can do.”
Not only does Carroll say LEGO sets are great for pre-school aged kids, but for school aged kids 6-12 years old too! She says those are the years when kids begin picking up serious hobbies and suggests “construction toys such as complex Lego sets” as one of the many toys to buy for this age group. I wonder what Community Watchdog & Gen Xer reader’s have to say about this?!
To check out the rest of Donna Carroll’s suggestions check out the Craig Daily Press article here!
Talk about star power! It appears, at least from the dish at ParentDish, that the newly arrived Beckham family purchased some LEGO bricks as part of their recent Toys R US shopping spree. We hope that Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz don’t leave any of their masterpieces on the floor to trip up Mom and Dad. Welcome to America Beckhams!!
Check it out
Monday, July 23, 2007
In the July 30 issue of TIME magazine, while responding to reader questions, the father of video games, Shigeru Miyamoto, supports the importance of being creative as a child.
When asked "What advice do you have for aspiring video game designers?" he says: "The most important thing is to create--when I was young, I made comics and puppets. Then take those creations and show them to people so you get feedback. Whether it is positive feedback or even if they make fun of it, repeating that process is a good thing for being prepared to make games."
Wonder if Miyamoto ever built with LEGO bricks?
If you haven’t already been inspired by some of the stop-animation videos on YouTube or by Michel Gondry’s famous White Stripes video here’s your chance to strut your musical stuff in a stop animation video contest. Washington, DC-based No Second Troy just announced a contest for their fans to help make a video for their debut single. Check it out here
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Why is Lohre doing this?
"Art has to advance somehow - it always does," Lohre said. "It doesn't have to be with camel hair, it doesn't have to be with a wooden handle - it can be with a sophisticated machine that creates images."
Read more here to see how the robot works!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Foxy Ivanka Trump is in the news this week for saying there’s “zero chance” she’ll replace Rosie on The View, opting instead for her “sexy projects” around the world (as she told Ryan S. at E! News). One of Ivanka’s original “sexy projects”? Trump Tower out of LEGO bricks. According to an interview last month with the New York Post, Ivanka presented the colorful version of the tower to Daddy and he told her that it was architecturally inaccurate: “there are five setbacks in the façade of the Trump Tower, not six."
Very un-sexy, Donald.
Yes I do. I admit it. TechnoKids is a new summer program at Stark State College of Technology where students learn the fundamentals of engineering in a class called LEGO Engineering. What’s cool about this class is it gives kids a tangible model to work with when solving abstract problems. It’s true. Kids absorb information a lot faster and retain the information longer when they’re involved with the process and can visualize the solution. What a great way of approaching a question like, “This axle is spinning how many times faster than this one?”
You can read all about it here.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Be sure to check out the photos!
Friday, July 6, 2007
The Economist offers a brief snapshot of the role play has in the workplace...and, you guessed, it, they highlight LEGO play. Who do you think holds Olympic style building sessions to recruit new employees? YES, Google does. But so does consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers.
"LEGO workshops are effective because child-like play is a form of instinctive behaviour not regulated by conscious thought," says Lucio Margulis of Juego Serio, a consultancy in Buenos Aires. "This produces “Eureka” moments: a perfectionist who realises the absurdity of frustration over an imperfect Lego construction; the owner of a firm with dismal customer relations who models headquarters as a fort under siege; or an overbearing boss who depicts his staff as soldiers headed into battle."
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Seems the folks at Google just can't get over their LEGO obsession! NOW, the New York office of the Web giant has commissioned a LEGO playroom for its employees to spur creativity and fun. LEGO builder Sean Kenney, based in Manhattan, built the Google logo out of LEGO bricks and will be holding monthly play sessions with the Googlians. What will Google "LEGO" next?
Now, this is ingenuity I need to salute—a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robot that uses a light sensor to solve Rubik’s cube! I think I’ve seen others online who have used their robotic smarts to play Connect Four – what’s next “who sunk my robotic battleship?” Check out this video to see it in action!
As parents keep raising the stakes on birthday parties with over the top entertainment and one-of-a-kind themes, FamilyFun magazine shares an ingenious party theme that won’t drain your pocket books and is sure to impress your guests. With everything from a brick cake to a building challenge your child’s LEGO party will be the party to beat. Heck, I might even try to make a LEGO brick cake just for fun!