La Crisis Navideña del Cristal Polar (Read-Along) by Ryan Rutan, Stephen Silver & Kayla Silver on iBooks

Your new favorite STEM holiday story is now available in a Spanish Level 2 Reader on both Amazon Kindle and iTunes Books.  

Bonus: For iTunes only, a read-along track has also been provided to assist young readers. 

Special thanks to Kayla Silver for her awesome translation and voice-over work on this edition!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all us here at PolarPort!

The Polar Crystal Christmas Crisis (Read-Along) by Ryan Rutan, Stephen Silver & Johanna Hedges on iBooks

Your new favorite STEM holiday story is now available in a Level 2 Reader on both Amazon Kindle and iTunes Books

Bonus: For iTunes only, a read-along track has also been provided to assist young readers.

Special thanks to Johanna Hedges for her awesome voice-over work on this edition!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all us here at PolarPort!

PolarPort - Supporting Future STEM Leaders Through Girlstart

PolarPort will donate up to $2 for every copy of “The Adventures of the Polar Elf Innovation Squad : The Polar Crystal Christmas Crisis” sold on either Apple iBookstore / Amazon Kindle Store between September 1st - December 25th, 2015 to Girlstart.  An organization that helps inspire girls to pursue STEM based interests at an early age.

Knowing When To Use Technology is a Valuable Skill, Too

Learning how to code is one skill.  Learning how to integrate multiple technologies to solve problems is another.  When it comes to technology problem solving, it is just as important to understand when to stop using one technology, and start using another, than being a full-stack developing expert.  Being a full-stack developer is great, but it is very difficult to maintain relevancy over time due to the pace of innovation.  For most people, having strong fundamentals is the single most important skill to cultivate, followed by expertise in technologies that can bring everything together.  

With PolarPort and The Adventures of the Polar Elf Innovation Squad series, our goal is let other services cover the deep technical specifics.  This frees us to focus on the broader technology landscape to show children how to maximize technologies around them and string together real solutions to real problems.  In the series, this is one of Madilyn’s biggest strengths she brings to the team, which is also why she is the squad’s leader.  She has the confidence and vision to see how all the pieces to the puzzle fit together.  Not just from a technology perspective, but also from an execution perspective.  She is able to decipher the feedback from her team, organize it and make a game plan her team can follow to success.  When it comes anointing the next generation of women leaders, these are the skills that will separate them from the crowd.

Special Thanks to platforms like Wonder Workshop, littleBits, and Lego Mindstorms that inspire children of all ages to learn how to design and code hardware/software solutions!

PolarPort - An IoT Story of Passion, Parenting and Christmas Spirit

Throughout my professional career, I have been recognized as a very technical and creative individual.  When asked by my 5 year old daughter, "How does Santa get into our home," this past Christmas, I felt compelled to provide the expected technical and creative response.  Little did I know that my off-the-cuff 5 minute idea would lead to the most enjoyable project, ever, in my professional career.

To read the full post on LinkedIn, click here.

The Polar Crystal Christmas Crisis is Now Available

The Polar Elves are running out of polar crystal magic, and Christmas is in trouble.  Join Madilyn and rest of the Polar Elf Innovation Squad on their inaugural adventure as they use technology, teamwork and tenacity to bring to life the PolarPort and put Christmas back on the track to sustainability!

Get it today on Apple iBooks / Amazon Kindle today for just $4.99!

Silicon Labs - IoT Contest - Submission

This video was put together for the Silicon Labs - Your IoT Connected World Contest [ http://www.youriotcontest.com/about ] The intent is to drum up enough interest around the PolarPort to get it officially designed and manufactured to go along with its corresponding children’s book: The Adventures of the Polar Elf Innovation Squad - The Polar Crystal Christmas Crisis. More information can be found athttp://www.polarport.com/books