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Princesses

A lot of geeks are really into Disney. So much so that Disney mash-ups are one of the most popular areas of focus in geek art. But even without the mash-ups, Disney is a strong stand-alone fandom.

I’m not against Disney, there are a lot of Disney movies that I love. (Like Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh.)
And a lot that I just didn’t enjoy nor appreciate my children watching. (Like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.)

To be honest, I never really could get into some of the stories, mostly the princess stories.

P is for Princess (1)

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Odd Squad

For those not in the know, Odd Squad is a fairly new tv show on PBS. The premise of the show is simple enough: an organization run by children which investigates odd occurrences. I didn’t expect it to be very good based on the previews but when I sat down and watched it with LittleMan, I was floored by awesomeness.

The show is essentially a sci-fi for children which also talks about basic math concepts.  Very geeky, very cool. Bonus: the main character is a strong, intelligent girl yet the show isn’t inherently “girly.” The characters are divided pretty evenly between boys and girls, with both genders having a silly character as well as several examples of brilliant characters. The online games for the show are a based off specific episodes and are a great way for children to practice the math concepts they learn about from watching the show.

I recently sat down and played each of the four Odd Squad games available to play for free on pbs.org. Below you can find my detailed reviews of each of these games including math concepts covered and age recommendations.

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STEM Saturday: Fractions

A big part of the geek culture is STEM- that is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Most every geek is obsessed with one or more STEM topics. So it is important to us geeks to raise children who are well-versed in and passionate about STEM subjects. That means finding hands-on ways for them to practice and learn.

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Elves

When we talk of elves, I always think of Tolkien’s elvish warriors with their beautifully made weapons and the grace with which they fought, making a battle scene look almost like a dance. My children and I love the movies, of course, but we also have spent many an afternoon curled up listening to the audio book.

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Chewbacca

Chewbacca has become a pop culture icon in recent years. The subject of many great costumes, toys, and debates. Even among my own friends, someone will occasionally “speak Wookie” in an attempt to get a chuckle from the others (and its not always me!). If you follow me on Instagram then you might have noticed that even my puppy has a Chewbacca winter coat.

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Adipose

Any Whovian knows that an Adipose is an adorable chubby white blob, but did you know that they were named for the actual fatty tissues in our bodies?

Adipose tissue, familiarly known as fat, is the organ specialized for that task. (site) The cells that make up adipose tissue are called adipocyte, and along with all the other typical cell parts, they also have a fat storage area. These cells swell with fat until energy is needed, then the fat is burned off.

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