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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 ...

Get Your Kids Educated for Cars 3 With Pixar in a Box’s Free Online Courses

CARS 3 (Pictured) - Sterling concept art by Artist Garrett Taylor. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Pixar's full of some pretty smart people. They don't just know how to entertain families at the movies; they can even make your kids want to learn. See, the creative geniuses at Pixar Animation Studio have compiled an online course called Pixar in a Box to teach your kids the importance of math and science and how it all comes together in beautiful animated fashion. On my recent Disney blogger trip to San Francisco for the #Cars3Event, we had an absolute blast touring Pixar studios. We also got to sit and meet with some of ...

Getting Emotional With My Kids Inside and Out

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayNGrow #CollectiveBias Despite the numerous pitches from PR folks for crazy things such as maternity bras, I am in fact a guy. And as a guy, I'm not too big on sharing my emotions. Guys in general are just awful at sharing how they feel. Toss in the fact that I view myself as a bit shy, and it may seem like pulling teeth to get me to "share my feelings." Yes, you should feel sorry for my wife. She's done a great job, though, of helping me come out of my emotional shell. So with ...

Help the Stop-Motion Alieons Launch an Epic Space Adventure for Your Kids

I can't imagine how different my childhood would've been had I grown up with today's technology. I couldn't draw, but that didn't stop me from making my own comic books or even flip books! It was the most rudimentary of animations, but I used to draw little pictures in the lower right corner of my notebooks. Slowly pull back the pages one by one and my little drawings magically came to life! What I wouldn't have given for an iPad back then with some stop-motion apps so I could really bring my Star Wars figures to life. I'll always have a soft spot for stop-motion animation. It's just so incredibly cool looking ...