My kids love to learn. They really love science and technology. It's a bonus for me if their toys help them learn while they are playing. While I was shopping this Christmas I compiled a list of some of the BEST STEM Gifts for Boys age 6 – 13. Really some of these would be good for an even wider age range.
What is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Cubelets Twelve Building Kit – A big toy in a small package! The Cubelets TWELVE Pack is the best way to introduce children of all ages to robotics, coding, and design thinking. They're an amazing gift that just might inspire a lifetime of inquiry and discovery. Cubelets are an expandable system of robot blocks and the 12 provides an optimal mix of SENSE, THINK and ACT blocks for novice and experienced builders to create thousands of robots. Ready to take your robots to the next level? Download the Cubelets mobile app to reprogram or control your robots when you pair with the included Bluetooth Cubelet. Add some personality to your creations with the included Brick Adapters by connecting Cubelets with Lego. The Cubelets TWELVE Pack includes 12 robot blocks and two Brick Adapters. Cubelets are perfect for builders young and old and are designed for curious creators ages 4 and up.
Meccano Mountain Rally 25 Model Set - Push your imagination to new extremes as you combine the world of real engineering with motorized Mountain Rally technology. Tackle the toughest courses with a powerful 3V electrical motor. After a successful descent, put your Mountain Rally racer on display or take it apart and build one of the 25 other models you can assemble with this set, including other Mountain Rally vehicles like a chase helicopter, an ATV, a pickup and many more! The motorized Mountain Rally racer set comes with 345 parts , 2 real tools and easy-to-follow instructions. Explore the mechanical wonders of the world as you scale the heights of rally competition in your Mountain Rally racer.
Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Set – Dash and Dot are real robots for children ages 8 and up that are responsive to their world; your child can bring them to life with our free apps available on iOS and Android. Dash and Dot come with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps.
I love that these come with lego connectors so that you can create even more with these fun robots.
Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit - Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750. This kit contains over 80 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers over 750 do-it-yourself projects that will give your child an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work. A computer interface option lets children view waveforms and frequencies (compatible with Windows 95 or later).
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313 - Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we’ve ever developed, unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the step-by-step 3D building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface. Grab the enclosed remote control and take on challenging ready-made missions or download the free app and command your robot using your smart device.
Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone- Turn the whole world into a keyboard. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.
How Does it Work? Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music.
Who is Makey Makey For? Kids, Artists, Educators, Engineers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone.
JrPonics FishGarden & BubbleGarden – Aquaponics/Hydroponics Gardening Kit for Kids – The JrPonics FishGarden & BubbleGarden is a TWO-IN-ONE garden kit that comes with everything you need to start a hydroponics or aquaponics garden. It’s your choice…Just add water & pets!
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