MARIKA STOLPE

Advice & Tips

Inspiring role models in science

Did you have any role models when you grew up? To be honest, I don’t think I really had any. I know my dream job was to become a pilot since I have always loved to fly. But, I ended up as an engineer and that turned up well for me. There are so many […]

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Experiments

An experiment to do at home: What happens if you mix water, bicarbonate, salt and vinegar (or lemon)?

Introduce a very easy and fun experiment for your kids. This is something that can be done at home with things you most likely already have in your kitchen. It is really easy and does not cost so much. Put a glass with water on the table, bring out the bicarbonate, salt, and vinegar (or […]

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Advice & Tips, Experiments, Parenting, Recommended

Brain tickling science center in Sweden: Universeum in Gothenburg

I absolutely love to visit different science centers with my kids. I think it is one very excellent way to connect technical solutions with reality. Kids get hands-on training in all kinds of different experiments in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They will explore, learn, and experience! One thing is for […]

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Products, Recommended

Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW160E Review: How to learn by creative play

One of the reasons I purchased Technic Lego® for my kids to my kids is that there is a bigger challenge for them to finish the complete build of the different sets, compared to the original build sets. I also think that the fun part is the reproduction of the advanced, realistic technical functions of […]

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Other

What is an engineer for an 8-year-old?

The topic “professions” is what my son is working on in school right now. He is eight years old and is in second grade. The kids learn a little about all classical professions like teachers, doctors, pilots, cleaners, and so on. During the last meeting they held for us parents, my son’s teacher mentioned that […]

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Books, Products

Get your kids exploring science with comics

Do your kids enjoy reading comics? My son, who is old enough to know how to read loves it. He was totally overwhelmed the other day when he got a big pile of comics to read. Too bad that pile did not contain comics and still cartoons about science. I think comics and still, cartoons can […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

How to gamify learning – Fun ways for your kids to learn new stuff

I guess you have heard about gamified learning before? In this post, I will give you a couple of tips on how to gamify learning in your home, together with your kids. It doesn’t even have to be very technical or time-consuming. But first, what is gamified learning? One short description is that it is […]

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Books, Products, Recommended

Computer Coding Games For Kids Review: The fun way to get your kids to learn

One book got my attention when I was walking around in a bookstore a while ago, trying to find interesting new books to read to my kids. It was the book “Computer Coding for Kids” by Carol Vorderman. Since I got hooked on coding, already by the age of 9, I hope that my kids […]

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Experiments, Products

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) – Craft subscriptions for kids

We all know that kids love toys. Even if they have a room full of it, they would still like to have new toys. As a parent, I sometimes feel like I’ve had enough and will not ever buy another toy. Mmm, yeah right…! For me, it is important that there is a higher educational […]

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Advice & Tips

Why kids ask why? – How to emphasize their curiosity to learn

Buried In "Why" questions

Have you ever encountered a kid who asks WHY? If you are a parent, I guess the answer is yes. Like a million times. The reason children want to know why is simply because they want to make sense of the world around them. This is a way for them to constantly learn new stuff. […]

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Advice & Tips

How to get kids interested in science? – 6 ways to create explorers for life

Explore The World

OK, so how is it done? As a parent, I think we all want to do the best we can to support our kids in their mission to understand and explore the world around them. I think it is very important to try to get your kids to see science as a fun first and […]

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Experiments

Tech experiments for kids – 4 to do at home

For a lot of people, the best way to learn things is by experimenting by themselves. This is true for both me and my kids. For me it is easier to understand something when I can feel, see, touch, hear, and smell it. It is also fun to do experiments at home with your kids. […]

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Experiments

Play with home made play dough

Play with homemade dough – 100% free from unhealthy chemicals Introduce a fun science experiment for your kids. One way to boost your kids’ creativity is to let them play around with dough. It is really easy and does not cost so much. They will definitely have a lot of fun! This opens up a […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

Parenting with tech – 13 advice to stay safe online

There are a lot of options about modern technology and how much we should let our kids be exposed to it, what is harmful, and what is good for them. In this post, I will write about my point of view on some very important topics about how to keep our kids safe online, which […]

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Events

Hack n’ Play event for kids

Today my eight-year-old son participated in a two-hour event that was organized at a science center, Universeum, here in our hometown Gothenburg in Sweden. The event was for kids between the age of 7-12 years and the purpose of it was to let them play with programming, robots, and technology. If you ever travel here, […]

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Future dream jobs for kids – Engineers are cool

What is your kids’ dream job? I think a lot of kids have the “classic” dream professions. It is quite easy to imagine how it would be to work as a policeman, fireman, doctor, teacher, pilot, and so on. Some kids might want to become a race car driver or an astronaut. All mentioned professions […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

How to teach kids about coding and 3 reasons why to do it

I was one of the lucky ones in the ’80s to have access to a computer, a Commodore 64. It belonged to my older brother, and as soon as he wasn’t at home, I had my hands on it. My brother subscribed to a computer magazine, where they always published code for some small programs, […]

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Advice & Tips

Wireless technology

Wireless technology is something that we all get in contact with daily. The kids that grow up today will find it totally normal and I don’t think they can even imagine a life without it. It has made a lot of things easier, like reading and learning about new stuff around the globe via the […]

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