Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 cool STEM gifts {you haven't heard about yet}

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With all of the holiday shopping you have going on, your list should include things that all children to learn and discover through science, technology, engineering, art and math {referred to as STEAM}.  These are not the old fashion stereotype that you have of these subjects, but new innovative hands on discovery play. 

These companies are not only innovative, but they are all small independent businesses that will benefit from your purchases. 

Circuit Stickers $24.99- $89.99

Kids {and adults!} get to play with LED lights by using conductive surfaces to create circuits.  Older kids could be challenged to use the circuits to create and invent using their creativity and imagination. 

Use science to do some cooking.
Inspire a budding chemist and 
learn about history.  
Sun Print Kit average $8-15
Sun print kits uses the sun to expose a film sheet that is treated to stop the exposure.  This is a fun activity that can be done with many different ages. 

Use this kit to make a paper house that will glow in the dark using a non toxic reactive substance.  

Build Your Own Electric Guitar Kit $199.99

This kit is a fun way to create any play with something 
that you made with for long
lasting fun and discovery.

Spin Bot Kit $24.99

The Spin bot is a robotic kit that creates a pattern 
making robot. Click on the video to see how it works

Sew Electric Book and Supplies 
This book will use your sewing skills to create projects that will 
light up, glow and more.  

This kit will let you turn 
almost any object into a touchpad!

This kit inspires using windpower as the energy to inspire creative minds.  You can experiment with different types of blades and configurations to create an efficient power source.

*A big thanks to:*
My cousin, Ben Waber, author of People Analytics and President/CEO of Sociometric Solutions, who introduced me to many of these items.
My friend Sherri who is an amazing educator,artist and tech junkie. 

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