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10 Tips to Keep Your Kid Safe Online - Part 2

July 22, 2017

In this series, we will highlight 10 tips to help start the conversation around protecting our children in a digitally enabled world. The 1st part of the series focused on screen time, browser history checks and social media monitoring. In the 2nd part of the series, we will dig into being aware of illegal behavior, cyber-bullying and virus protection:Awareness of illegal behavior As the world ...


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10 Tips to Keep Your Kid Safe Online - Part 1

July 15, 2017

While there are huge benefits to our kids developing digital fluency, there may also be associated risks if we aren’t mindful and aware of how we can best protect our children. As parents/guardians, our #1 goal is to keep our kids safe. Whether it is getting them swim lessons so that they are protected in the water or teaching them not to talk to strangers or advising them on the proper way to ...


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10 reasons why your kid should learn to code - Part 3

July 8, 2017

In the first part of our series, we highlighted how technological disruption, technology fluency and how coding is the new language of business are key reasons why your kid should learn to code. In the second part, we outline how coding impacts the development of creative problem solving capabilities, influences their ability to communicate their ideas, teaches how to flex kid's entrepreneurial...


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10 reasons why your kid should learn to code - Part 2

July 1, 2017

In the first part of our series, we highlighted how technological disruption, technology fluency and how coding is the new language of business are key reasons why your kid should learn to code. In the second part, we outline how coding impacts the development of creative problem solving capabilities, influences their ability to communicate their ideas, teaches how to flex kid's entrepreneurial...


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10 reasons why your kid should learn to code - Part 1

June 24, 2017

Often when you are in neck deep in an industry, you might assume that everyone has the same framework or point of reference when it comes to the importance of kids learning to code. However, instead of assuming, we thought it would be important to clearly state the 10 reasons why we think your kid should learn to code. This will be a 3 part series. Without further ado, here are the 1st 3 reason...


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5 Brain Boosting Benefits of Learning to Code

June 17, 2017

At a basic level, programming is writing a set of instructions for a computer to execute to achieve a desired output. Since computer coding is a relatively new discipline, there hasn’t yet been a ton of research on the associated brain benefits of learning this subject. However, a recent study helps shed some light on how the brain benefits from learning to program. In this study, 17 participan...


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Born to Create - The Next Generation of Creative Artists

June 10, 2017

Right now, entrepreneurship or more specifically tech-based entrepreneurship is definitely en-vogue. This glamorization of what is a really tough calling has been building for years with the current generation. From the pioneers in the field like Bill Gates (Microsoft) to the modern day champions like Mark Zuckerberg (Snapchat), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Elon Musk (Tesla); it seems like entrepr...


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5 Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

June 3, 2017

This is an exciting time for lots of parents and students around the country. Some students will complete pre-K/Kindergarten and enter elementary school. Others will finish elementary school and begin middle school. Another group will finish middle school and enter high school. Regardless of whether there is a major shift from high school to college or intermediate step that involves advancing ...


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The Jobs of Tomorrow

May 27, 2017

As a company that works with kids, we think a lot about the future. We imagine what trends will impact our current students, we think about what kind of jobs they might have, and we think about how we can play a role in helping prepare them for success given those inputs. One of the popular schools of thought as it relates to the necessity for teaching computer coding and engineering skills is ...


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Designing the perfect tech learning environment

May 20, 2017

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, the children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori One of the areas that we think a lot about is how to design the perfect learning environment for kids to learn how to solve problems by leveraging technology-based solutions. While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we do believe that we have found a cou...


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Impostors, No More!

May 15, 2017

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford According to a review of 308 studies involving over 1.1 million girls and boys from 30 countries, girls have been outperforming boys in all subjects (reading, language, math and science) for nearly a century. Despite their performance, there is a nearly universal belief that boys are better at math &amp...


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Coders are the new Superheroes!

April 30, 2017

This past Friday, April 28th, was National Superhero Day. According to the dictionary, a superhero is defined as, “a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; also, an exceptionally skillful or successful person.” When I was a kid, my favorite superhero was Superman. He was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a singl...


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Different Perspectives

April 22, 2017

When I began my career in the epicenter of the domestic automobile industry (Detroit, Michigan), I was surrounded by customers and consequently vehicles from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Every time, I would see a vehicle from a competing automaker, I thought that we had to work much harder to win against our local competitors. Rarely did I see a vehicle from Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW or ...


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Self-Driving Cars, Powered by Humans.....Coming Soon!

April 15, 2017

As a former automotive engineer at Ford Motor Company, this has been an exciting week. First, Tesla announced that they would launch electric and self-driving pick-up and commercial trucks. It is widely believed that these vehicles will be equipped with self-driving technology as current model Tesla’s have this feature. Toward the end of the week, it was discovered that Apple had received appro...


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3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Kids Engaged with Technology

April 9, 2017

As parents, we want the best for our kids. My wife and I will do anything and everything we can to help encourage and develop our kids to reach their full potential. Oftentimes, this means having them experiment with a lot of different extra-curricular activities until they find something that fits. Since my children are either in elementary or pre-K, we don’t believe that you can meaningfully ...