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Normally, I hate TV commercials. I will mute, fast forward, change channels, get a snack, or pay for premium cable to avoid them. But...

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,...

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,...

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...

“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 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.,...

5 free or low-cost activities for kids

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...

Monster Scout app zaps monsters and childhood fears

When our kids were little and afraid there might be monsters in the closet or under the bed, we filled a spray mist bottle...

Could your teen be a hacker?

"Honey, why don't you spend the weekend hacking with your friends?" It's not something parents typically suggest to their teens, but there's an event...

Arizona classroom grants fund cool projects

Classroom teachers get a fixed amount of money for supplies and curricula materials. Sometimes parents will chip in money for special projects. Grants also...

The pros and cons of NBC’s new Parent Toolkit app

NBC News has launched a mobile app it describes as "a one-stop online resource for parents navigating their children’s development in the classroom and...

Robotics competition kickoff

Parents of children in kindergarten through high school can get information on the 2014 Arizona FIRST LEGO League robotics and STEM competitions at a...

Handwriting: Brains love learning with pen or pencil on paper

What’s the best way to remember essential information at a conference, lecture or while reading research materials? Copy and paste into a Word document?...

Minecraft Mommy

Video games and television are my arch nemeses, the bane of my eternal quest to raise happy, well-adjusted children. I miss those early childhood days...

All-girl team wins app-design competition

Three seniors from Centennial High School in the Peoria---Kylee Burgess, Jiaqi Wu and Mikayla Whalen---won an app-writing competition sponsored by the SPARK App League,...

Google, Facebook and me

It started innocently enough. A few weeks before finals during my first semester in high school, my social studies teacher, Ms. Nunez, needed surgery...

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