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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Screen time: One more reason for mom guilt

When we flew with both of our children recently, I was a little nervous. I had never flown with two before. I wasn’t sure how my 16-month old would handle being confined for three hours. And my 3-year-old? There’s no containing that energy. A few days before the flight, I prepared. Busy bags were built, […]

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The real problem with screen time? Speech delays

Ever hand off your phone to your baby to keep her quiet? Or watched an infant stare at an iPad? A new study may have parents thinking twice when it comes to babies and screen time. New research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting this year found that the more time children between the […]

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Inspire girls with stories of trailblazing female scientists and engineers

Normally, I hate TV commercials. I will mute, fast forward, change channels, get a snack, or pay for premium cable to avoid them. But once in a while, I get hooked: Subaru’s dog-centric vignettes, Dignity Health’s crib-crashing, fussy-baby-soothing dad, and best of all, GE’s “What If We Treated Great Female Scientists Like They Were Stars?” […]

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Why summer tech camp (teaching kids to code) is worth considering

When one thinks of summer camp, it’s easy to think about kids running, hiking and playing — free from school desks, homework and, yes, computer screens. We asked David Dodge, founder of Scottsdale-based CodaKid, why summer also is a good time for kids to learn coding. Dodge is a veteran Silicon Valley game designer and […]

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HGTV to give away its custom Smart Home in Scottsdale this summer

Anyone wanting a high-tech, energy-efficient home in Scottsdale may have a chance to win just that. HGTV built its 2017 Smart Home in Scottsdale, and the network will give the fully furnished home to one lucky viewer this summer. The 3,300-square-foot, single-level home has three bedrooms, a three-car garage, a wet bar, a home office and […]

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Southwest Maker Fest encourages kids, adults to innovate

The “maker” movement is relatively new, but it’s thriving in Mesa this month as Southwest Maker Fest takes over downtown for a day. The free public festival celebrates all things DIY — but with a high-tech twist and an emphasis on collaboration. The Saturday, March 11, event offers interactive exhibits, workshops and demonstrations to inspire […]

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Gift guide: 10 toys that will spark imaginations this holiday season!

What better way to spend the day than by building, creating and encouraging a child’s imagination! We have a list of 10 toys that will do just that, from time-tested classics to new and innovative finds.   3Doodler Start Printing Pen The world’s first 3-D printing pen. Compact and easy to use, the 3Doodler allows […]

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“Alien Worlds and Androids” opens at Arizona Science Center

Fans of Iron Man will get a kick out of seeing a full-size replica of the Marvel superhero today when doors open on the Arizona Science Center’s newest exhibit, “Alien Worlds and Androids.” General admission to the Arizona Science Center is free this weekend — from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Sept. 17-18 — […]

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Arizona Science Center launches POPnology exhibit


Want to get kids excited about math, science and technology? The Arizona Science Center’s new POPnology exhibit, which opens Sunday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m., may be the answer. POPnology explores the crossroads where pop culture and technology meet, encouraging questions like: Did the producers of the TV show “Star Trek” influence the invention of the smart phone? […]

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5 free or low-cost activities for kids

low cost, free, activities for kids, Phoenix, Arizona

Looking for activities for kids that won’t break the bank? Here are five fun free or low-cost activities, from crafts to video game competitions. Free Crafts for Kids (Saturdays). Ages 3 and up. Create a new craft each week. No reservations required. Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning, 4727 E Bell Rd, Phoenix. 602-482-7900. 4819 E Ray Rd, Phoenix. 480-940-7700 or Kids Club (Saturdays). Ages 3 and […]

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