I’ve longed been intrigued by the health benefits of a standing desk, but since my desk is built into my home office, adding a free-standing desk wasn’t a viable option for me. But I recently discovered Varidesk, which sits on my existing desk, and allows me to work either standing or sitting.
With a firm two-handed grip, my keyboard, mouse, two monitors, and cup of coffee all rise (or descend) in one smooth move. I find myself alternating three or four times a day between sitting and standing. So far, the greatest benefit for me has been increased concentration. I’ve not taken any pictures of my Varidesk, but you can learn more here.
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Barbara J. Feldman
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Engineering for Kids
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Engineering is the application of math, science, and other practical knowledge in order to invent, design, and build. It is also the “E” in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) that has become a hot educational focus in the last few years. There are more than two million engineers in the U.S., and demand is growing. What do engineers do? Is it any fun? How hard is engineering school? I found answers to all these questions and more. Follow me.
Formerly known as the National Engineers Week Foundation, DiscoverE promotes engineering education to K-12 students and the general public. From 10 Reasons to Love Engineering (starting with “Love your work, and live your life too!”) to information about education and career opportunities, DiscoverE is a treasure trove of hands-on activities, videos, games, and advice.
Designed “to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women,” Engineer Girl features interviews, fun facts (“Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper in 1903, years before Henry Ford industrialized automobile production.”), videos, quizzes, a scholarship section, and a look at some women who were engineering pioneers of the 20th century.
Engineers love solving puzzles and playing games. Here is a collection of games categorized as Engineering Games, Logic Games, Robot Games and Electricity Games. You’ll find yourself building a wind turbine, flying an airplane, learning about electrical circuits, or putting simple machines to work.
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“Inaction saps the vigor of the mind.” ~~ Leonardo da Vinci ~~ (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) Italian Renaissance scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor. Check out more quotes about learning, and get excited to learn and make something new!
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