Project Mc2 Attracts Girls to STEAM and We [Heart] That!

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Have you heard about Project Mc2? Its a great Netflix series aimed at girls that gives them role models in the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Its meant to get girls into STEAM and it seems to be working.

Now in its fourth season, Project Mc2 follows the exploits of four teenaged girls who are recruited by a secret spy agency to help solve crimes of significant importance using their STEAM skills.

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The characters and actresses playing them are:

    • McKeyla McAlister, played by Mika Abdalla,
    • Adrienne Attoms, played by Victoria Vida,
    • Bryden Bandweth, played by Genneya Walton,
    • Camryn Coyle, played by Ysa Penarejo,
    • Devon DMarco played by Alyssa Lynch, and
    • Ember Evergreen played by Belle Shouse.

The series also stars real-life mathematician Danica McKellar, who starred in The Wonder Years television show.

There are plenty of camps and workshops aimed at getting girls interested in the STEAM fields and they all deserve a lot of credit, but this is another avenue to reach that target market and Netflix is a platform that basically everyone is familiar with. It gives girls heroes they can identify with and emulate in a fun little show where the girls save the day using their intelligence and STEAM skills. Hopefully it will lead to more media like it.

You can also get dolls based on the show that come with science experiments. Netflix has posted YouTube videos that show the actresses in character walking viewers through the experiments.

The dolls give girls something tangible to associate with the show and we love that the dolls each come with a science experiment kit. Theyre more akin to action figures, really, but the action here is outsmarting the bad guys using science. We think its a great message to send to girls and a great way to possibly get them interested in the STEAM fields.

You know what would go great with the Project Mc2 dolls? Click-A-Bricks! You could build a robot and have the robot team up with the Project Mc2 girls.

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Make a 3D Mother’s Day Card to Give to Your Amazing Mom!

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Its almost here! Its almost here! Were talking about Mothers Day, of course. Its the time of year that everybody loves because they get to give something special to their mom. The most special thing you can give to your mom is something that youve made yourself. We think the best things you can make are all made from Click-A-Bricks, but we also love us some crafts around here.

We looked high and low for something amazing to make for Mothers Day and we came across this easy Mothers Day card from the Art for Kids Hub YouTube channel.

Just follow the simple steps and youll have a 3D Mothers Day card that any mother would love to receive.

What youll need:

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  • Construction paper in blue, yellow, pink and green
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1

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Take a half sheet of blue construction paper and draw four flowers on it. For simple flowers, draw the letter U five times connecting in a circle.

Step 2

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Take a little bit of the yellow construction paper and draw four circles that are small enough to fit into the center of the flowers you drew.

Step 3

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Cut out your flowers and flower centers.

Step 4

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take another half sheet of blue construction paper and draw your bow. Start by drawing a square in the middle of the paper.

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Then draw two lines coming out diagonally from the corners of the square on the right side.

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Do the same on the left side.

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Connect the lines on the right side by a line that curves slightly outward. Do the same with the two lines on the left side.

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Draw two short lines beside the square on either side. These will be the wrinkles in the bow.

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Draw two lines coming out of the left side of the bottom of the square curving to the left. Connect these two lines at the bottom. This will be one of the tails of the bow.

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Do the same on the other side to create the other tail of the bow.

Step 5

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Cut out your bow.

Step 6

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Glue the yellow circles onto the center of your flowers.

Step 7

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take a full sheet of pink construction paper and fold it in half.

Step 8

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Take half a sheet of green construction paper and cut four long, thin strips off of it.

Step 9

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Put glue on your thin, green strips of paper, but leave an inch or so unglued at the top.

Step 10

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Glue your thin, green strips to your pink construction paper lengthwise. Make sure the opening of the card is facing to the right when you glue your green strips on.

Step 11

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Bend down the tops of your thin, green strips.

Step 12

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Put glue on the bent down portion of the green strips. Make sure you only get glue on the strips and not on your card.

Step 13

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Put your four flowers on the bent down portion of the green strips where it has glue.

Step 14

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Put some glue on the back of your bow and put the bow over the four green strips. This is your bow on the flower stems.

You now have a cute, little bouquet of flowers to give your mom! If your stems hang over the bottom of the card, you can cut them off the bottom. Write a special note inside and give it to your mom on Mothers Day!

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When youre done with that, grab your Click-A-Bricks and make something super duper special out of them for your mom.

She deserves it!

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5 Places to Get Dozens of Mother’s Day Ideas for Kids

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Mothers Day is just around the corner (well, two corners and just over that little hill) and we wanted to get a head start on the craft ideas that kids can do for the big day.

Obviously, we think you should make your mom something amazing with the worlds greatest building blocks, Click-A-Bricks. But, if you want to make something a little more crafty, you can always check out these sites. They have dozens of craft ideas for Mothers Day. Find something you like and try it out.

1. Buzzfeed

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Not usually known as a place to get crafts, Buzzfeed nevertheless has this list of 17 Easy Emergency Mothers Day Crafts for Kids compiled by Donna Dickens. They all look super easy and super fun.

2. Care

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Over at Care, Jennifer Eberhart provides 27 Mothers Day Gift Ideas Kids Can Make. You can find everything from Painted Bead Bracelets to Pallet Plaques to a Mothers Day Matchbox Locket in this great list.

3. ParentMap

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Not all crafts, but all great ideas, ParentMaps gives you 13 Mothers Day Gifts that Kids Can Make, put together with loving care, no doubt, by Jen Betterley. See how to create a Hanging Family Photo Display or Love Prints to put on homemade Mothers Day cards.

4. Parents

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With crafts like Doily Lace Votives, Baby Photo Blocks and Painted Pasta Pendants, this list of Mothers Day Gifts Kids Can Make from Parents is sure to have something to stir your creative juices.

5. Better Homes & Gardens

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In their Mothers Day Crafts for Kids list, Better Homes & Gardens show you how to make a Decorative Serving Tray, Silhouette Art, a Stenciled Welcome Mat and a Butterfly Family Tree among many other things.

Between all those wonderful lists, youre bound to find something fun and creative that shows your mom just how much love you have for her. We still think you should grab your Click-A-Bricks and make her something super special with them as a cherry on top of the Mother’s Day love sundae.

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