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    by Angie Chang

    How to Get Kids Interested in Technology with Activities, Games and More

    Fun apps, shows and toys are available for kids to learn to code.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    With the success of young programmers like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, parents are encouraging their kids to learn to code at a younger age.

    Now parents can encourage their kids to become future programmers with free iPad apps that teach computational thinking with Cargo-Bot, and teach programming to kids with Daisy the Dinosaur.

    Here are some more ways to get your kids interested in STEM.

    #1 – Watching Shows

    Entrepreneur Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried launched Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” (Episode 1), the first in a fun web series featuring Ampere (named after André-Marie Ampère, the founder of electrodyanamics).

    There’s a coloring book and adorable Circuit Playground plush toys to match! In fact, electrical engineer Limor Fried founded Adafruit Industries, an e-commerce website that distributes a veritable treasure trove of toys, electronics and ways for children to learn to build programs, apps and more. Check out the possibilities, from the Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) to littleBits (electronic Legos).

    #2 – Reading for STEM

     

    Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made a splash last year on Kickstarter with her hugely successful Goldieblox, the first engineering book/toy for young kids.

    Debbie researched and tested construction toys with young girls, realizing that adding a reading element would appeal to young girls more. To combine building spatial and verbal skills for the age 6 and over set, you have GoldieBlox, a book series with building sets.

    Female-founded Timbuktu, the iPad magazine for parents and kids, has created a fun illustrated story for scientist Maria Sybilla Merian, noted naturalist, etymologist and botanical illustrator (pictured, right).

    Check out the full illustrated story on Timbuktu, or click on the graphic for the full story on the woman scientist.

    #3 – Getting Hands-On

    The word “hack” and “hackathon” is a bit deceiving. You don’t need skills, only curiosity and the will to get hands-on to be a “hacker”.

    Hack the Future is a one-day event for kids to get hands-on with tech on Saturday, April 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Interested? Get on the mailing list here if you are interested in getting kids together in an all-day techie confab.

    “This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you’re young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker,” writes Joe Mathes, startup engineer and co-creator of Hack the Future. “As professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines.”

    Kids should sign up and bring a laptop. The volunteers will provide the rest, as you will see in this video:

    Don’t forget the fun-for-the-whole-family Maker Faire (May 18-19 in San Francisco and September 21-22 in New York City). The festival serves to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” – don’t miss out!

    If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find a Hackasaurus event near you or organize your own Summer Code Party!

    What to Download, Install and Use for Kids to Learn to Code

    Women 2.0 readers: Have more educational resources, shows, books, toys and apps that teach kids STEM concepts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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    by Angie Chang

    After One Year as Startup Entrepreneurs: 10 Big Lessons Learned

    Instead of thinking about what you want to do, just start. Meeting customers and investors will help you better understand your product and market.

    By Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Co-Founders, Timbuktu Labs)

    A year ago, we got an email announcing we were among the winners of Mind The Bridge, the most important startup competition in Italy. The award consisted of one month in a startup program in San Francisco and a chance to take part in the final round of Italian Innovation Day at UC Berkeley.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Teaching Children On Your iPad

    There are probably more women innovating on the iPad to educate the next generation. Let us know about these women and their companies/products in the comments below.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Angry Birds on an iPhone or iPad used to be a good babysitter, but don’t you want to educate your children while they play on your iPad?

    Introducing a host of female-founded startups working to make the iPad experience for your child an educational one. These female founders range from moms to business executives, from programmers to creative types. There is no “type” for edutech entrepreneurs innovating on the iPad.

    Here are female founders building apps and readers for children’s entertainment AND education: