My name is Tiffany Ard. I'm a big nerd who was tragically born with a creative brain. I was an information designer for high-tech industry until the day when I realized that designing things for people to use when they were selling software to people at other companies who were going to use that software to manage accounts for other companies who managed legacy mainframe computers which were used by banks to track databases for other banks was maybe not the best use of my one life on this planet.
Life is much better now. I started Nerdy Baby and now sell my science-themed artwork to parents and nerds all over the world.
Areas of Expertise
An idea worth spreading
Most early childhood education focuses on teaching lists of skills and disassociated facts. My thoughts about this traditional approach A) won't fit in this space and B) contains swear words.
I am developing a curriculum that gives young children context for every new thing that they learn. We start at the beginning of the universe and every year we cover the same topics in greater depth. Week by week we talk about the big bang, then atoms and molecules and the four main forces, then stars, then formation of planets, formation of Earth, early life, dinosaurs, mammals, all the way through modern human life. We spend each week learning all that we can about each topic and nest it within the context of everything we've covered so far.
Every day my kids are learning the scientific method, the idea that our understanding of how things work can (does) change over time, and that they are part of a world that is unimaginably big and old and beautiful.
I'm passionate about
Allowing young children to be the artists and scientists that they were born to be.
Talk to me about
The brain, learning, creativity, evolution, anything my kids might find interesting
People don't know I'm good at
keeping up with laundry and dishes. It's a secret I will take to my grave.
My TED story
I am addicted to TED talks and fantasize about someday giving a talk, even though I'm shy.