Top 5 STEM Gifts for Children in 2015As the holiday season quickly approaches, we thought it ideal to share with you some of our favoriteSTEM gifts for children and young adults. Whether you’re looking for an educational Christmas gift,Hanukkah gift, or any other upcoming holiday, the list of cool gifts below will give you a great place tostart.
1. Robotics: LEGO Mindstorms EV3Why it’s Awesome: this is the latest set in the LEGO Mindstorms collection, and it’s packed withfabulousness. Follow the instructions to build one of LEGOs robot designs or ditch their plansand make your own! Look forward to future LEGO Mindstorms designs and curriculums in ouronline shop. Your child will surely stay entertained with this top of the line robotics kit.Encourage your future engineer now!
- Age Range: 10-15+
- Price: $350
2. Math: Zometool Advanced Math Creator 4 Construction KitWhy it’s Awesome: does your child show a natural curiosity for mathematics? Keep that sparklit with this math kit, complete with 1188 parts that allow your child to explore the beauty,complexity, and artistry of math. The award-winning kit is made of kid-safe materials andguaranteed to last for life by the manufacturer. It’s great for home-schoolers and educators,too!
- Age Range: 9-15+
- Price: $300
3. Chemistry: Thames & Kosmos CHEM C2000 Chemistry KitWhy it’s Awesome: an expansion on the previous C1000 kit, this new and improved versionincludes an alcohol burner and over 250 experiments in a 128-page easy to follow manual.Alongside your child, you can learn about the properties of elements like carbon dioxide andwater, as well as discover the contents of your household cleaning products! Your child can eventake one of your homemade Christmas cookies and discover the percentage of fats and sugarsused in the ingredients. Practical and fun, this kit is a serious investment in your child’s sense ofplay, imagination, and love of STEM.
- Age Range: 11-15+
- Price: $160
4. Engineering: LEGO WeDo Construction SetWhy it’s Awesome: this LEGO robotics line is more affordable than its Mindstorms counterpart,and also more suitable for younger ages. You can order sets of varying complexity online fromour store, or directly from LEGO. Additionally, you can pair this gift with our online subscriptionservice (starting at $19.99 per month) and give your child access to over 40 designs andchallenges to complete with their LEGO WeDo kit right at home. The 9580 construction set costs$150, with additional packs costing anywhere from $60 to $90. Don’t forget to purchase thesoftware, too! Get your child started early in the world of STEM, where possibilities are endless.
- Age Range: 7+
- Price: $150
5. Space: littleBits Space KitWhy it’s Awesome: the littleBits line of products encourages creativity and innovation in youngadults. With the littleBits Space Kit, your son or daughter can create anything from the MarsRover, the international space station, satellite dish, star chart, energy meter, and more. Andyou know that the designs are top of the line, because the kit was created in collaboration withNASA! Also included are 5 unique lesson plans and 10 activities. Spark the imagination of yourchild and inspire her to reach new heights with this awesome set. It’s also compatible with otherlittleBits sets.
- Age Range: 14+
- Price: $150