A step-by-step guide to understand what makes STEM kits the best gifting ideas for kids. These fun learning science kits are best suited for young enthusiasts from Pre-K to 12th grade.

Blue Studios member doing one of our chemistry experiments.
Blue Studios member doing one of our chemistry experiments.

When it comes to getting the right kind of gifts for kids, there are various options in the market. Whether they are being homeschooled or attending traditional schools, young learners constantly seek something that excites them and makes them question why things work the way they do. So, how do you find something that is knowledgeable and fun? Read on to unlock a treasure chest of innovative gifting ideas for your kids!

STEM Kits: Perfect Gifts For Young Minds

Ever considered getting a science project kit for your child? A STEM kit is the best way to help kids gain…


Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

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What is Scratch?

Scratch is a programming language, an online community, and a set of tools designed to help children learn and practice coding. The website provides a vibrant, collaborative, creative environment where children ages 6–12 can explore coding skills through short interactive stories, games, animations, and music. They can draw and type, code, create interactive experiences, and…


With the rapid advancement of information technology, the internet of things (IoT) has started to become a thing of the past. Blockchain technology has emerged as a revolution in the digital economy which is making its way toward the internet of value (IoV). While the IoT allows you to send information seamlessly over the internet to each other, the recent developments in blockchain technology such as cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) make it possible for you to send anything of value to one another. Whether you are an artist, student, a gamer, or a musician, you can now learn to…


Education brings us the glory of centuries of thinkers and dreamers from a multitude of vibrant cultures. It prepares us to fight for our rightful places in society. Equal access to advanced educational opportunities helps level the playing field for people of color, women, and other marginalized groups.


Blue Studios, the only Pre-K through 12th grade STEM pathway serving Chicagoland Hackathon event.

“I know how you feel.”

Perhaps there is no phrase in the English language that can ring truer — or sound more hollow — than those five simple words. That’s because, as human beings, we relate to each other through shared experiences. Our nuanced history, and stories, are what help build a national identity, they help create a culture within a community, and they create a basis of understanding between people who share these commonalities.

Conversely, when someone who doesn’t share a similar background tries to empathize with members of a given community, it can come across as shallow —…


Blue Lacuna, Chicago Technology and Art Coworking Space.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from a lifetime of experiences, it’s that diversity is our strength. The relentless march of technology is exciting and wonderful, but an excellent article from The Verge shows it can have odd consequences. Instead of amplifying diversity, the glossy fruits of Silicon Valley seem to be forcing a bland monoculture on marginalized people across the world.

Foursquare and similar ventures apparently seek to clone culturally empty surroundings for professionals in Paris, London, San Francisco, and everywhere else across the globe. The aesthetic preferences of the “craft beer and avocado toast” crowd fall far short…


Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy.

If you have been paying close attention to the American election over the past few months, you may have noticed that the 45th President remains unyielding on several of his stances. One particular point that he mentions time and time again relates to immigrants and foreign workers. Despite being a nation of immigrants, one reason he maintains is that foreign workers are the reason that jobs are being lost and the economy is failing. Despite this assertion, hopefully many of us are aware of the extraordinary talent and expertise that our foreign brothers and sisters bring to the table.

By…


TouchTone Communications

Over the years, I’ve spoken with many entrepreneurs who are working hard at trying to achieve their goals. Many are trying to keep their products or services unique from competitors’ and appealing to customers. However, when I asked them about how scalable their products were, I received many blank looks or questions on the topic of how to scale. It seems, in my limited view, as though scalability is not a well-known topic covered in most places outside of economic classes, and as a result hardworking people are not able to reap the benefits if attainable. Having scalable products will…


The first time I heard about the concept of setting unrealistic growth targets for a venture, I didn’t quite grasp how this would work. If an entrepreneur was to set a goal that was so far out of reach, weren’t they just setting themselves up for failure? It seemed to me that this practice was more detrimental than beneficial. It took me a while to realize that setting ridiculous growth targets does exactly the opposite; they help the entrepreneur acquire a larger number of customers and solve problems.

When a business sets an extravagant target, they are opening themselves up…


by Emile Cambry & Antonio Rowry.

BLUE1647 Monthly CodeBlueUSA Hackathon Series, led by Developers from industry.

I couldn’t sleep after thinking about just how productive of a month we have had in May. Anecdotally, I knew we had our best month ever, but I just didn’t know just how much we crushed it. I’ll preface it by saying BLUE1647 has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and it took a considerable amount of uphill work before we could finally play offense. And we did. Because our success is deeply linked with our ability to help our communities have unprecedented access and opportunity to a culture of…

Antonio Rowry

Building www.BlueStudios.io. Previously, BLUE1647 & @DePaulU. Building ventures that make the world better. Life plan = loop { create_value(); impact_lives(); }

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