Episode 74: Summer STEM Projects from The Maker Mom

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Welcome to Parenting Bytes! It’s just Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan in the studio today, but they’re joined by a great guest, Kim Moldofksy of The Maker Mom. We’ll be talking about interesting and fun things for kids to do this summer that will sneak in some STEM learning in the process. Plus our Bytes of the Week!

Happy child playing with toy robot


Following are all of the links and books that we talked about in this episode, and more. If there’s anything you’d like us to talk about it a future episode, please let us know in the comments!


The Price is Right

Summer STEM Projects

Making Makers: Kids, Tools and the Future of Innovation, by AnnMarie Thomas

The Playful Learning Lab, University of St. Thomas

Squishy Circuits

Subscription Crates

The “Girls Can!” Crate

Tinker Crate

Kiwi Crate

A Tale of Two Subscription Boxes, by Kim Moldofsky, on The Maker Mom


Makey Makey


DIY Maker Container

Storage Container for maker projects

Washi Tape

Fluorescent Duct Tape

Brass Brads

Colorful Brads

Assorted Colorful Paper Clips


Construction Paper


Tissue Paper




A split vote from third graders: These 8- and 9-year-olds like the creativity of cardboard boxes best, by Jennifer Mesich and Suzy Shultz, on Chicago Parent

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments From Around the House, by Liz Lee Heinecke

Outdoor Science Labs for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park, by Liz Lee Heinecke

50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do, by Gever Tully

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do, by Gever Tully at TedxMidwest



Chicago littleBits Workshops with Pete Hill

Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll, by Kathy Ceceri

Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects, by Kathy Ceceri

Bytes of the Week

Centennial Light Bulb

Here’s the truth about the ‘planned obsolescence’ of tech, by Adam Hadhazy, on BBC

You Can Now Have Your Portrait Drawn In The Style Of “Sweet Valley High” Covers, by Leah Groth, on Babble

The Art Of James L. Mathewuse

Microsoft’s Free Youth Spark Camps

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

On Fake Instagram, a Chance to Be Real, by Valeriya Safronova, on NYTimes

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