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Suffern Robotics Encourages Girls to Embrace STEM

  My teenage son Jason has been on the Suffern Robotics Team for three years now. Last year, the team made it all the way to the FTC World Championships in Detroit, taking home a nomination for the Connect award. This year, Jason's the team captain, hoping to repeat last year's success.  The Suffern Robotics Team (Team #7486 for those of you keeping score at home), participates in the First Tech Challenge, which is a remarkable and wonderful program. Not only does it encourage group learning and problem solving but "gracious professionalism" is first and foremost with everything. At competitions, teams actually lend a hand to other teams in need. It's a friendly rivalry ...

How to Manage Homeschooling as a Working Parent

The following is a sponsored guest post Homeschooling can be a rewarding experience for both parents and children. Historically, homeschooling meant that at least one parent must stay home to oversee the homeschool education. Home education requires parents to dedicate a significant amount of their time to plan the curriculum, provide instruction, and evaluate progress. However, with all the resources available to homeschoolers today, working parents can successfully home educate their children. Parents can homeschool their children, work, and still have time to spend with family and friends. If you are considering homeschooling your child as a working parent, the following tips can help you balance your student’s homeschool education with your ...

25 Years Later, I Finally Made Time for an MBA

It's time to declare an MBA. Yes, it's time for My Big Announcement. More than 25 years since graduating SUNY Binghamton with a journalism degree, I have finally achieved an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) with a specialization in Digital Marketing. In other words, this old geezer went back to school to get a Masters and survived. Actually, if I can brag a bit, I did more than survive. I landed a 3.94 GPA in the process. (Those few A- grades killed my 4.0) When I graduated college and started working in publishing as a magazine editor, I swore I'd never go back to school. There was just no need. So on I ...

Look Out Skynet, Suffern Robotics is Heading to the World Championships in Detroit

The best part of being a parent is getting to see your kids grow and take on some big challenges. Win or lose, it's still fantastic to see your child compete and give it their all. My wife and I couldn't be prouder of Jason and his Suffern Robotics team for moving on to the World Championships in Detroit next month. What exactly is "robotics"? It's the most gracious, science-based team "sport" you'll ever see. As part of FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology), the Suffern High School Robotics Team competes against other schools in the region in some hi-tech robotic competition. Sadly, no, the robots don't fight each ...

Motivate Yourself to Lead With the BB&T Leadership Series

Thank you BB&T for sponsoring this post. Know what the most important thing good leaders do? They never stop learning. That's why I'm so excited to be working on a special campaign with BB&T. The company offers a complete range of financial services such as banking, lending, insurance, trust, and wealth management solutions. But the company also has put together the BB&T Leadership Series, a collection of videos that were created to show some of today's best and brightest thought leaders from all types of industries to bring you crucial insights on leadership topics. The goal? To motivate leaders. To motivate people. To motivate you. These videos aren't just motivating, they're incredibly entertaining. And that's due to the interviewees ...

Kids and Screens Make for Some Serious Play Time

As someone who grew up on the Atari 2600 and every system since, I've always had a strong belief that video games are so much more than mindless entertainment. There's so much to learn including: hand-to-eye coordination, puzzle solving and even the very basics of strategizing. As a fairly sedentary activity, though, video games and even basic TV viewing get a bad rap. And that's why I'm really intrigued by the Genius of Play campaign. The Genius of Play campaign seeks to explore and share the numerous ways that all levels of play can really help children learn and grow. The Genius of Play: Our mission is to provide families with the information ...