Marziah Marziah

Marziah Karch is an educational technologist, book author, About.com Guide, grad student, and a digital broad. Sometimes she even finds time to be a wife and mother.

Just Shut Up About Jenny McCarthy Already

While all of those recycled articles about Jenny McCarthy's son not having autism are amusing, they are probably inaccurate. At least, according to her. I really wish people would stop, because it only serves to ...

EV3 Review: The Lego Robot

This is a toy that teaches kids (age 10+) programming and engineering skills. It allows exploration of robotics concepts without needing to understand electrical engineering or advanced programming, but it isn't ...

Lego Mindstorm EV3 Available September 1

We finally, finally have a date. The retail version of the EV3 will ship on September 1 for a price of $349, but if you shop around online, you may be able to pre-order sometime this month.

June Steampunk Block of the Month: Octopus

I wanted this thing to be a mix of Victorian biology sketch and something that Lovecraft would suggest might be waiting to devour your soul...

Sometimes It’s Not the Legos

My son and I built our first Lego kit together. We've got tons of Lego bricks around the house. At one point, I even bought them off of eBay by the pound. My daughter and I assemble them together all the time, but ...

Review: Fujitsu Scansnap iX500

If you find yourself in the need for a high speed scanner, the ScanSnap iX500 is a very solid if slightly expensive choice.

Kansas City is actually a pretty cool place to be a maker. It's one of a few locations of the larger "featured" Maker Faires. The other locations are Detroit, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo. It's still about one ...

Motherboards and Daughtercards: Build a Computer With Your Kid

So when our ancient PC stopped working this winter, I knew that I wasn't going to build another computer. She was.

My Daughter the Mermaid

Last summer, my then ten-year-old daughter made a mermaid tail. She's got a bit of an obsession with mermaids.

May Block of the Month: A Steampunk Raygun

May is almost over, but not without a May block of the month! This month has a crazy ray weapon.