Let's raise creative, computational kids.

We help adults connect with kids, while teaching them 3 key STEM mindsets: computational thinking, design thinking, and systems thinking.

We believe in weaving STEM into your everyday experiences with your kids -- and doing so through interactive, screen-free activities.

How can adults help kids to think critically, understand complexity, & create confidently? We have activities, product & book reviews, & games for you.


Our latest, greatest STEM activities and product reviews, for inquiring young minds

December 17, 2017

The Costco Dance Game for Computational Thinking

Sequence a dance with your child, for a store you visit all the time
November 26, 2017

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book: a STEM Family review

Today we review Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. We were delighted to see a workbook version of the excellent Rosie Revere, Engineer storybook. […]
November 21, 2017

Stop Itching with Systems Thinking Loops

Break the cycles of itching by using systems thinking loops to show bad vs. good behavior
November 20, 2017

The Collaborate Paint Game

Create a Surrealist gallery with paintings you create back-and-forth with your child
November 17, 2017

Design your parent’s outfit

Your kid's in charge of your fashion -- and becoming a design thinker!
November 6, 2017

Brainstorm Eggs for Your Grandparents

Have an empathy-rich morning meal, with eggs cooked in a design thinking way.
October 31, 2017

Visual Bedtime agreement

Build your child's design thinking capabilities by drawing out your bedtime rights and responsibilities together.
October 29, 2017

Clean your room computationally

A clean room through sequential, systematic thinking.
September 5, 2017

Backseat code driver

Your child becomes the GPS -- and they need think computationally to give you the right instructions to get you to your destination.
September 1, 2017

Are Skoolzy Straw Structures a good STEM toy?

This lifesize building kit will let kids create towers, forts, and more structures -- all with a simple set of straws and connectors. Overall score: 7/10
August 29, 2017

Pancakes with a side of Chemistry

They are Delicious, Computational, Chemical Creations
August 22, 2017

Fastest Line at the Supermarket

When you are checking out after your grocery run with your kid, have some fun with Performance Modeling.
August 11, 2017

The Curious Kid’s Science Book

If you are looking for hands-on, minds-on activities, challenges, ideas and explorations,The Curious Kid’s Science Book offers you a rich, illustrated guide. The book is from Asia […]
August 7, 2017

Gears! Gears! Gears! reviewed: do all these gears pack a STEM punch?

This kit has a ton of interlocking gears for your kids to build with and spin away. Is it worth it? Overall score: 6.5/10
August 6, 2017
The great book, How to Draw Everything

Learn how to draw, with Gillian Johnson’s How to Draw Everything

This book, How to Draw Everything, from Gillian Johnson, is visual, delightful, and very, very approachable. It’s meant for adults who are a little shy about […]
July 3, 2017

Dash Robot review: Will it teach your kids math + coding?

Is the Dash Robot toy the right toy to buy to teach programming to your little ones? We break it down for you! Overall score: 7/10
June 9, 2017

Warm and Fuzzy sorting game

Get Computational While Doing Your Laundry.
June 9, 2017

The Legendary, Delicious Sandwich Robot

Cook Up Something Delicious (or Strange) with Step-by-Step Computations
June 9, 2017

The Marshmallow Railroad Construction Challenge

Explore Engineering while Designing Your Own Railroad
June 9, 2017

The Code-a-Pillar reviewed: is this a good computational toy for your kids?

Should you invest in the Code-a-Pillar toy to teach computational thinking to your little ones? We break it down for you! Overall score: 8/10
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Raising a child to be STEM-smart is not just about teaching them rules and vocabulary to memorize. It’s about instilling fundamental mindsets that make them into creative, scientific problem-solvers.

STEM Family focuses on 3 core mindsets: Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, and Systems Thinking.

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December 12, 2017

Being a Design Thinking Parent

I studied design thinking intensively for the few years before I became a Mom, so I have been thinking of how to combine the two things: […]
December 4, 2017

Stanford ‘tips-by-text’ program helps boost literacy in preschoolers, study finds

One of our main inspirations is the Stanford ‘tips-by-text’ program that was designed both as a research project and a real-world intervention, to help boost literacy in […]
November 29, 2017

Parents are the ones to inspire children towards STEM

An article from the Association for Psychological Science, Want to Get Teens Interested in Math and Science? Target Their Parents presents research into how important families are to […]
November 25, 2017

Student designers in Singapore

Singapore has a group, Participate in Design, that encourages all kinds of people to become creative problem-solvers. This includes schoolchildren, whom they didn’t make just ‘recipients’ […]
November 21, 2017

Design Thinking for Educators

If you are education innovator, or if you are a parent who wants to learn from how expert teachers are learning how to facilitate their classrooms […]
November 20, 2017

Why we should be teaching kids Design Thinking

Fast Company Design has a piece profiling the importance of design in kids’ education, Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World’s Biggest Problems. […]
October 1, 2017

Parents have the biggest influence on kids’ interest in STEM

We’ve been reading through research on how kids decide to engage in STEM — and one of the big lessons is the role that parents and […]
September 19, 2017

Help your child become a computational thinker

Why should a parent care about computational thinking? It’s all about building your child’s capacity to solve problems — especially complex ones. It helps them be […]
September 18, 2017

How to build your creative confidence by David Kelley

David Kelley, founder of Stanford d.school and the leading design thinking consultancy IDEO, has a terrific TED video where he lays out one of the key […]
September 18, 2017

Here’s why every child should learn to code

How can you get a child to be passionate about coding? One way is to show them how they can use it to express their intangible […]
September 18, 2017

Our first Concept Poster: What should STEM Family be?

As we have been planning out STEM Family, we’ve used a design process to figure out what to do, and for whom. We’ve made a lot […]

What are the best STEM toys?

We have kids (and some adults) road test toys for STEM. What are the best things to develop computational, creative, and critical thinking for different ages?

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Learn why STEM matters

The more you, as an adult, know about what STEM is and what value it has -- the better coach you can be for kids.

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We are educators, designers, and parents, who believe in the power of STEM to connect big people with little people.