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Why Our Education System Is So Stuck

Thinking Skills: Sigmund Freud Meets Apple Pie

For years I have been ranting about the American education system, how murky and ill prepared it is to consider new ideas. I gave a TEDx talk about this in 2012: one of my slides was a cartoon I had made to describe how profoundly [...]

ThinkFun's CEO Champions a BigLeap Challenge for Games to Make Kids Smarter!

From Marketwired – Aug 20, 2013:

BigLeap Launches First Crowd-Funding Challenge Platform for Social Good: First Challenge Aims to Give Children Everywhere Access to Free Games That Can Actually Make Them Smarter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - BigLeap, the world’s first crowd-funding prize and reward network that allows passionate advocates to drive social change via competition-based challenges, today [...]

Toy Fair 2013: Behind the curtain...

Each year when I tell friends – especially those with kids – that I’m headed to Toy Fair, the first response is generally, “That sounds AWESOME, how do I get in?!”

Unfortunately for my game-loving buddies, this event is not open to the public. Learning the doors are locked tends to conjure up visions of top-secret [...]

Halloween... ThinkFun-style!

Happy Halloween!  As you can imagine, a fun day filled with candy and dress-up is right up our alley here at ThinkFun!  We’ve set the costume bar pretty high in year’s past, and this year’s celebration did not disappoint!

Check out some of the amazing ThinkFun-inspired costume creations in our office today…

It’s Roll & Play! Kirsten [...]

Exploring the future of learning at TEDxEdmonton Education

Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling waaaaay up north to be part of the very first TEDxEdmonton Education conference!  In the TED spirit of ideas worth spreading, this conference focused around a conversation on how learning is evolving and impacting our schools, workplaces and industries.

This fantastic event featured speakers directly from the education world and individuals doing [...]

An Interview with Sam Ritchie, 12 year old MathDice inventor

Last year, Stephanie Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio interviewed Sam Ritchie, son of ThinkFun co-founders Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie!

 

Meet the Toymaker: Sam Ritchie of ThinkFun

Stephanie: My kids also grew up with a parent in “toys.”  Did you enjoy being on the front lines at ThinkFun? Did you help test new games as a child?

Sam: I [...]

Meet the brains behind the games!

This year’s Toy Fair was the best in ThinkFun’s 26 year history at the show – certainly the best of the 3 years I’ve been attending!  With 9 rocking new products and a fantastic message to spread to the world about the power of healthy, fun brain play, ThinkFun’s booth was mobbed from opening to [...]

“Problem Solving is Problematic”

Dr. Frank Lester was in attendance at NCTM and stopped by the booth!

Just returned from a fantastic trip to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Expo in San Diego! Here we unveiled our new online Brain Lab and met loads of excited, innovative educators whose students will test program during the month of May!

At the show, ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie presented not [...]

NCTM 2010 Kicks Off!

We arrived in (somewhat) sunny San Diego yesterday to prepare for the start of NCTM today!

Bill, Tanya (aka The Puzzle Hunter!), and I checked into our super swanky digs at the Hard Rock Hotel, then headed over to the Convention Center to get our booth set up!

The booth came together nicely and in [...]

San Diego bound!

Heading out to sunny San Diego for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Expo tomorrow!

If you’ll be at the show, please stop by Booth #1649 and say hello, I’d love to meet you! (and as added incentive… I may or may not be wearing a cape!)

A not-embarassing-in-the-least photo from [...]