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Q&A with Nancy Drew Developer Her Interactive

by Katy Svehaug
May 19, 2016

Since releasing their first Nancy Drew adventure game, Secrets Can Kill, back in 1998, Her Interactive has inspired thousands to pick up a virtual magnifying glass and take on the role of amateur detective—including 2015 STEM Challenge winner Olivia Thomas. Based out of Bellevue, Washington, the Her Interactive team has … 







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What Toy Makers Are Doing About Gender and Diversity

by Sandhya Nankani
May 10, 2016

Last week, Sandhya Nankani wrote about the White House Conference on gender and diversity in toys. Here she describes the toy industry’s efforts to break down existing stereotypes and create new narratives that empower girls.   The toy world is abuzz with the recent launch of the newest Barbie doll, … 







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The Best Children’s Books from Our Childhood

by Katy Svehaug
May 5, 2016

It’s hard to forget the books that played an important role in your childhood. Whether they made you laugh, sparked your imagination, or gave names to the feelings you didn’t yet know how to express, returning to a beloved story can often feel like coming home again. For me, that … 







Panel discussion on Kids These Days: What's Going on in the Lives of Boys and Girls Today? where Jess Weiner offered her insights on today's girls, whom she calls The "Yes, And" Girl

White House Conference Focuses on Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Media

by Sandhya Nankani
May 2, 2016

April was a busy month at the White House. In addition to the Early STEM Learning Symposium (which Elisabeth McLure reported on last week), the White House also played host to a day-long conference, “Helping Children Explore, Learn, and Dream Without Limits: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys.” … 







Elisabeth McClure at the White House Early Learning STEM Symposium

Behind the Scenes at the White House Early STEM Learning Symposium

by Elisabeth McClure
April 28, 2016

It’s not every day you get an invitation to The White House. (I’ll admit it: I’m definitely going to put my invitation in an acid-free, archival album for my children and grandchildren to see.) So it was an absolute honor to be able to attend last week’s Early STEM Learning … 







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LEGO’s Ideas Conference Is About More than Just Bricks

by Jordan Shapiro
April 25, 2016

It seems like the older I get, the more time I spend with Lego bricks. Sure, I say that I buy the kits for my kids, but I’m always sitting on the floor next to them within minutes of opening the box. What’s more, the grown up part of me … 







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Olivia Thomas: A Video Game Designer’s Journey to the White House Science Fair

by Olivia Thomas
April 22, 2016

I don’t quite know when it hit me. Maybe it was when the man in black let me through the gates. Maybe it was when I walked past parking spaces that were reserved for people anyone would recognize. Maybe it was when I was standing at the threshold of a … 







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PEEP: Making Science and Math Fun for Young Learners in Spanish and English

by Jessica Rueter Andrews
April 19, 2016

In many ways, the audience for PEEP and the Big Wide World is what you might expect. Every day, thousands of preschoolers, parents, and educators log on to this award-winning public media project to explore math and science—by watching videos, playing games, and finding hands-on activities they can explore in … 







Olivia Thomas at the 2016 White House Science Fair

STEM Challenge Winner Attends 2016 White House Science Fair

by Administrator
April 13, 2016

We’re thrilled that Olivia Thomas, who won last year’s 2015 National STEM Video Game Challenge in the High School Gamestar Mechanic category, is attending this year’s White House Science Fair. This is the sixth and final Science Fair of President Obama’s Administration, with more than 130 students representing 30 states who … 







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Infographic: Opportunity for All?

by Katy Svehaug
April 13, 2016

In their recent report, Opportunity for All?, media and policy expert Victoria Rideout and Rutgers University scholar Vikki Katz explored the current uses of digital technologies to help promote educational opportunities for all through a national survey of nearly 1,200 low-income parents of school-age children and in-person interviews with lower-income, Hispanic …