It’s easy to point out the flaws of a generation. Every generation thinks that the one below is lazy, aimless, and just not as good. And while judging a generation by only its best members is almost as bad as judging it by its worst members, learning about Microsoft’s Imagine Cup and all of the amazing inventions that happened because of it made me feel really excited for what these kids are going to do.
I encourage you to check the Imagine Cup site out. It’s an amazing collection of inventions covering everything from games to taking care of dementia patients to mosquito control.
What I want to know now is: When do I get to order custom clothes from the winners’ invention?
There’s lots more packed into this episode, including a great interview with the CEO of Wonder Workshop (a Parenting Bytes sponsor), an amazing company that teaches kids how to code through play. They make those great Dash and Dot robots.
Plus, with back to school around the corner for us NYers (and already here for many others), we talk about setting up a homework area for your kids. Take a listen! (And yes, I say in the episode that I’ll do a before-and-after of my kids’ homework area, since it’s such a disaster right now. I swear I will – when I actually do it! My kids don’t go back to school for a few more weeks.)
And don’t forget: You’ve got a little more than a week left to enter our sweepstakes. We’re giving away two very cool (and expensive) tech gadgets. Enter at the bottom of the page, or here.
Parenting Bytes, Episode 30: The Imagine Cup
This week Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan are in the NYC studio, with Andrea Smith joining them on the phone to discuss The Imagine Cup, an amazing science competition sponsored by Microsoft that brings together young competitors from all over the world who are inventing mind-blowing things. We also discussed how to set up a great study space for your kids, and why it’s necessary. Plus Rebecca sits down with the CEO of Wonder Workshop for a very special sponsored segment about robotics, coding, and more for kids. And of course, our Bytes of the Week!
Thanks so much for joining us!! We’d love it if you would subscribe to our podcast in iTunes and give us a great review!! And if you have any questions or topics you’d like us to cover, we’d love to hear about it. Just leave a comment.
If you got something out of this post, please share it on Twitter or Facebook, or pin it to Pinterest!