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Falcon Heavy Launch: A Homeschooler’s Guide and What to Expect

One of the great things about homeschooling is that we can break away from our routine and take advantage of teachable moments. The Falcon Heavy Launch happening today is a great opportunity for homeschoolers to use as a teachable moment.

Falcon Heavy will be launching from a historic launchpad: 39A in Cape Canaveral. This is the same launch pad that sent men to the moon. One day, men and women may go to the moon or Mars from this same location.

Lift-off is scheduled for 3:45 PM, EST and will be streamed online via YouTube for the whole world to see. So what should you expect?

Note: this article was updated to include the new launch time. Launch time may change throughout the day. Continue Reading →

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5 3D Printers Under $500 for Homeschooling – WHS 223

When you think of 3D printers, what comes to mind? Do you think technology like 3d printing is beyond the reach of homeschoolers?

3d printers under $500

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It’s not! 3D printers have become affordable and easy to use. There are many 3D printers that have been specifically designed for home use and homeschoolers can use them to teach STEM topics.

Your kids can learn about 3D modelling, engineering, and other scientific principles while designing their own creations. Who knows, maybe your child might design a better mousetrap with his or her 3D printer.

In this podcast, I’ll cover the basics of 3D printing, some basic guidelines to consider when purchasing a 3D printer and talk about 5 3D printers under $500 for homeschooling. If you’re already familiar with 3D printing you can skip ahead to the list.

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CES 2018 with Matt Kamla and Michael Prince – WHS 222

CES 2018

Photo credit: Ryan Boyles


CES 2018 has passed but coverage still continues. There’s no doubt you’re seeing many articles about the gadgets and gizmos from CES 2018 that will make your life easier or more connected.

Matt Kamla (a listener of the podcast) and Michael Prince from Family Tech Blog both attended CES this year and shared some of the things they were excited to see. In addition, I shared three things from CES that caught my eye.

From VR to conductive ink, here are the things we’re excited about from CES 2018. Continue Reading →

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Osmo Genius Kit Review – WHS 216

Osmo Genius Kit Review

The Osmo Genius Kit includes 5 hands-on games that foster creativity & problem solving skills: Masterpiece, Newton, Tangram, Numbers, and Words.

In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my thoughts on the Osmo Genius Kit and preview some upcoming episodes.

Thanks to my Patrons for supporting this episode: Aaron, Lori, Matt, & Winston. Your continued support on Patreon helps make this podcast possible. Continue Reading →

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Solar Eclipse Timer – STEM App of the Week

Solar Eclipse TimerIf you plan to view the total solar eclipse this year, it helps to know when certain events will occur. Solar Eclipse Timer can help you determine if you’re in the path of totality and the times each significant event will occur during the eclipse.

Description

Solar Eclipse Timer is your smartphone guide for a total solar eclipse. It’s like having your own personal astronomer help you on Eclipse Day! It is extremely simple to use and has unique features that are ONLY found in this app! Just get into the path of the solar eclipse, and then with just 2 taps on your device, the app is ready to “talk” you through the eclipse.

Cost: $1.99
Platforms: Android and iOS
Rating: E (Google Play Store)/4+ (Apple AppStore)

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