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Technology Lesson Plan

Objective: Learn about the different types of technology and their uses.

Takeaway: Technology is important because we use it everyday in all parts of our lives.

Tags: technology, tech, science, electronics, engineering, STEM, internet, video games, tablet, iPhones

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Internet Helps Kids? What The Marshmallow Test Revealed ​

We may need to rethink the concerns we have about today’s youth and the internet. When the Marshmallow Test of the 1960s was redone in the 2000s, researchers were shocked at the results. They found that modern children were able to wait on average 2 minutes longer than kids of the 60s. And they think the internet is the reason why.

kids on computers

Why is this important and what happened to modern children that helps them to wait longer?

Children who waited longer in previous studies correlated with better future outcomes because they could delay gratification. Some child development theorists believe that these new results prove a few things, the positive impact of technology being one of them.

Their theory is that technology has increased the brain power of today’s children. Technology helps to develop skills such as abstract thought and conceptual thinking. These same skills help with delaying gratification.

But how does the internet have this impact?

It seems that interacting with screens has actually had a positive impact on children, while most adults thought it would do the opposite. Because the presence of technology is increasing in both the home and the classroom, it is good to know that technology can actually help our children. This is also great news for busier parents, who may need a little extra help raising their kids. Screens can offer a healthy distraction to keep the kids busy.

boy on ipadSo whats the takeaway about technology and our kids?

In conclusion, a healthy balance of online and offline time is still highly suggested. However these studies can help calm the concerns of parents who are afraid of their kids online presence. Nevertheless, it is important to consider what types of sites and applications your children have access to. With some parental guidance and time limitations, the future of children and technology is brighter than we imagined

Women-Made Inventions For Everyone

Women have added a lot to our society. From science to medicine women have put in work.  During this Women’s History Month, let’s look at some of the best inventions made by women:  


1. Car Heater: Margaret Wilcox

Margaret Wilcox invented central car heating in 1893. As a result we can stay cozy in our vehicles. 

                                       fire escape sign

2. Fire Escape: Anna Connelly

Anna Connelly invented the fire escape in 1887, saving many lives. Because of her living in apartments has been much safer.

                                        girl getting her eyes checked by doctor

3. Laser Cataract Surgery: Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath finished her laser cataract patent in 1986. Due to her invention thousands of people can still see. 

                                        vintage computer

4. Computer Algorithm: Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace wrote the first “computer” program in the 1840s. Her work helps computer scientists write programs till this day.

                                       the circular saw

5. Circular Saw: Tabitha Babbitt

Tabitha Babbitt is known for inventing the circle saw. During the year 1813 everyone praised her for inventing the convenient tool.

                                       open dishwasher

6. Dishwasher: Josephine Cochrane 

Josephine Cochrane invented the dishwasher in 1886. Since then chores have been way easier.

                                        medical syringe

7. Medical Syringe: Letitia Geer

Letitia Geer invented medical syringes that were clean and easy to use in 1899. Due to her invention hospitals are much safer.

                                      police with bullet proof vests

8. Bulletproof Vests: Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek discovered Kevlar fabric in 1965. Because of her discoveries we have bulletproof jackets and vests.

                                       windshield wipers

9. Windshield Wiper: Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper In 1903. As a result all cars use her invention.

Without women in science, our lives would be much less safe, convenient, and enjoyable.    

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