What is STEM | The Potential Impact of STEM Toys & Games

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science Technical Engineering & Math

STEM is a curriculum which focuses on teaching students of all ages in four specific fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is common to see a greater emphasis placed on the practical and more applicable approach to teaching instead of the traditional style of education where theory has taken the major role. In the home environment, we call this play-based learning.

STEM education harmoniously blends the four disciplines, working together in activities and challenges where students can experience science and engineering in everyday life. A central initiative in the approach to STEM is to create genuine lasting interest in these important fields. To render the association of enjoyment in the minds of young children, and to instil positive mindsets about STEM.

Let me sneak a personal note in here: Eden Shack’s placement in this world of knowledge and opportunity lies in the home with parents, siblings, and friends. We believe we can kindle a foundational interest and enjoyment in STEM when children are young. This gentle and transparent focused teaching will benefit our children in their 'formal education' years, as it helps them to look at everyday life from a different perspective. It helps to keep them interested right through schooling years until they can make a difference in future society.

"STEM brings a balanced outlook and perception of the world around them."

For this foundation of interest to be possible though, we need to incorporate the social aspect of teaching and experience to balance the STEM acumen in our kids. One should not push an imbalanced agenda.

The Significance &
Importance of STEM

America has been a leader in STEM fields – but we now struggle to maintain this place on the world stage. The National STEM Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting and promoting STEM education, says our nation’s technological innovation is in jeopardy. We face shortages across all STEM fields, especially the advanced/high-tech manufacturing sector.

Here's some very interesting STEM statistics to consider:

  • The U.S. Department of Education states that only 16% of students at high school level are interested in STEM careers and have proven a proficiency in mathematics.
  • The US manufacturing sector faces a huge shortage of nearly 600,000 skilled employees.
  • By 2018, there’s an estimated need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs.
  • 57% of high school freshmen who declare an interest in a STEM-related field lose interest before they graduate high school

What can we do to maintain our global position in scientific technological advancement? The answer is STEM education. But we need to go further back than elementary school level. We need to get into the homes of parents and develop the minds of children from birth and throughout their journey growing up, we can implement exciting and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Most of you who are reading this blog will be aware of the wave of STEM toys and the world of play-based learning. This is our field of expertise, we are working towards STEM enhanced socially developed families utilising the world of STEM toys and activities to bring this to fruition.

From our observation, and our own experience growing up in first-world society, we experienced the stereotypical divide between the intellect and the socialite groups in the school yard. The “nerds" in school were teased, the socialites were all under pressure to be something special, to attract attention, there was an invisible and yet very real enmity that divided the two groups of people.

Because humans want to be loved, they want to be noticed, they want to be cool, they want to fit in, there has been a slow but sure shift towards the arts, and the more socially enhanced subjects. This is all stating the obvious here, so we can all see a great need to bridge this chasm, and the bridge is built in the early years of childhood.

We believe the difference can and should be made in the home, this is our purpose at Eden Shack.

Brief History of STEM in USA

In 1957 Russia launched their first satellite into orbit... this alarmed America and kindled our fire of competition to become the world leader in STEM disciplines. Under the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy, the people of America were challenged to step up and become the leaders of STEM research and development on the world stage.

In this Era, Nasa was formed via a government-funded initiative and after Eisenhower left office, President Kennedy continued the push for STEM advancement.

Science education was encouraged strongly throughout 70's and 80's with national programs created to give substance to the agenda. America led the way in many cases in this time through great achievements like the first mobile phone. In 1984, Apple released the first personal computer.

With the resources available in USA, we have the best opportunity to turn this trend upside down and maintain our position as a leader in STEM. It all starts with us parents in the home and how we react to our environment and what we expose our children to. How do we react to STEM toys, STEM games, and educational toys?

Our reactions and the way we handle STEM in relation to pure social based play will play a major role in the later years of our children lives. This is why studies have shown a decline in student interest in STEM at the later years of high school.

The seeds that we sow in early childhood will bear fruit; and a lot of what we see during teenage years and beyond, can be traced back to the seeds sown in these formative early years. Let's move in the direction of balanced parenting to see STEM make a positive and efficient ‘come back’ into American lifestyles with the coming generation.

STEM Shortage in America

By the year 2000 there appeared a chasm between the need and supply of STEM skilled people in America. With most students losing interest in STEM fields by the end of high school, this chasm has significanly increased.

Since then, the US government has issued various initiatives and support programs to revive this dire need in STEM skills and acumen. President Barak Obama stated in 2015:

"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."

STEM in comprised of four key disciplines, all of which are required in the work force today. In fact, the demand for STEM related careers is increasing and is forecasted to continue its increase dramatically by 2020. Studies have shown that general interest in STEM education has declined.

As the US Department of Education has said: "The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators." We can see there is great importance placed on the thrust to see these four disciplines flourish once again in USA to come back as the world leader in STEM related achievement.

STEM is an acronym for Science Technical Engineering & Math

STEM is a curriculum which focuses on teaching students of all ages in four specific fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is common to see a greater emphasis placed on the practical and more applicable approach to teaching instead of the traditional style of education where theory has taken the major role. In the home environment, we call this play-based learning.

STEM education harmoniously blends the four disciplines, working together in activities and challenges where students can experience science and engineering in everyday life. A central initiative in the approach to STEM is to create genuine lasting interest in these important fields. To render the association of enjoyment in the minds of young children, and to instil positive mindsets about STEM.

Let me sneak a personal note in here: Eden Shack’s placement in this world of knowledge and opportunity lies in the home with parents, siblings, and friends. We believe we can kindle a foundational interest and enjoyment in STEM when children are young. This gentle and transparent focused teaching will benefit our children in their 'formal education' years, as it helps them to look at everyday life from a different perspective. It helps to keep them interested right through schooling years until they can make a difference in future society.

"STEM brings a balanced outlook and perception of the world around them."

For this foundation of interest to be possible though, we need to incorporate the social aspect of teaching and experience to balance the STEM acumen in our kids. One should not push an imbalanced agenda.

The Significance & Importance of STEM

America has been a leader in STEM fields – but we now struggle to maintain this place on the world stage. The National STEM Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting and promoting STEM education, says our nation’s technological innovation is in jeopardy. We face shortages across all STEM fields, especially the advanced/high-tech manufacturing sector.

Here's some very interesting STEM statistics to consider:

  • The U.S. Department of Education states that only 16% of students at high school level are interested in STEM careers and have proven a proficiency in mathematics.
  • The US manufacturing sector faces a huge shortage of nearly 600,000 skilled employees.
  • By 2018, there’s an estimated need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs.
  • 57% of high school freshmen who declare an interest in a STEM-related field lose interest before they graduate high school

What can we do to maintain our global position in scientific technological advancement? The answer is STEM education. But we need to go further back than elementary school level. We need to get into the homes of parents and develop the minds of children from birth and throughout their journey growing up, we can implement exciting and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Most of you who are reading this blog will be aware of the wave of STEM toys and the world of play-based learning. This is our field of expertise, we are working towards STEM enhanced socially developed families utilising the world of STEM toys and activities to bring this to fruition.

From our observation, and our own experience growing up in first-world society, we experienced the stereotypical divide between the intellect and the socialite groups in the school yard. The “nerds" in school were teased, the socialites were all under pressure to be something special, to attract attention, there was an invisible and yet very real enmity that divided the two groups of people.

Because humans want to be loved, they want to be noticed, they want to be cool, they want to fit in, there has been a slow but sure shift towards the arts, and the more socially enhanced subjects. This is all stating the obvious here, so we can all see a great need to bridge this chasm, and the bridge is built in the early years of childhood.

We believe the difference can and should be made in the home, this is our purpose at Eden Shack.

Brief History of STEM in USA

In 1957 Russia launched their first satellite into orbit... this alarmed America and kindled our fire of competition to become the world leader in STEM disciplines. Under the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy, the people of America were challenged to step up and become the leaders of STEM research and development on the world stage.

In this Era, Nasa was formed via a government-funded initiative and after Eisenhower left office, President Kennedy continued the push for STEM advancement.

Science education was encouraged strongly throughout 70's and 80's with national programs created to give substance to the agenda. America led the way in many cases in this time through great achievements like the first mobile phone. In 1984, Apple released the first personal computer.

With the resources available in USA, we have the best opportunity to turn this trend upside down and maintain our position as a leader in STEM. It all starts with us parents in the home and how we react to our environment and what we expose our children to. How do we react to STEM toys, STEM games, and educational toys?

Our reactions and the way we handle STEM in relation to pure social based play will play a major role in the later years of our children lives. This is why studies have shown a decline in student interest in STEM at the later years of high school.

The seeds that we sow in early childhood will bear fruit; and a lot of what we see during teenage years and beyond, can be traced back to the seeds sown in these formative early years. Let's move in the direction of balanced parenting to see STEM make a positive and efficient ‘come back’ into American lifestyles with the coming generation.

STEM Shortage in America

By the year 2000 there appeared a chasm between the need and supply of STEM skilled people in America. With most students losing interest in STEM fields by the end of high school, this chasm has significanly increased.

Since then, the US government has issued various initiatives and support programs to revive this dire need in STEM skills and acumen. President Barak Obama stated in 2015:

"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."

STEM in comprised of four key disciplines, all of which are required in the work force today. In fact, the demand for STEM related careers is increasing and is forecasted to continue its increase dramatically by 2020. Studies have shown that general interest in STEM education has declined.

As the US Department of Education has said: "The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators." We can see there is great importance placed on the thrust to see these four disciplines flourish once again in USA to come back as the world leader in STEM related achievement.

Balancing Traditional Academy With Play-Based Learning

Balancing Traditional Academy With Play-Based Learning

cartoon scale blance of kids balanced with books
cartoon scale blance of kids balanced with books

Let's start with the benefits of play and play-based learning...

Active playing works as a cleaning process for children's minds... It's a defragmentation of their mental 'hard drive'. The positive emotions and release of natural endorphins during play cleanse out the effects of toxic stress and built up pressure etc... We need to give our kids a balance or learning and play... If we get this balance right, we will see an improvement in their overall efficiency to learn and in the longevity of their interest in subjects which comprise STEM.

If we major too much on theory, and we push our children to study without room for active and practical education, they will cetainly develop an association of boredom and eventual resentment with traditional schooling. This attitude which is found in many old chidlren, has the capacity to hinder their view of STEM related activities and even become adverse to it in high school years.

Mental blocks in peoples minds stop them from doing normal things that others can do and enjoy. I trhink of food. SOme children love vegetables, and some children will throw up if you try and get them to eat certtain greens. WIth the exception of very few, this is simply a mentl block. They decided in their mind they would not like a cedrtain flavoe. This is similar to what children enjoy in life especially as they grow up into young adults. The views formed by past experiences can be mental bocks formed by peer pressure and also be associated to how they felt about education in their initial learning years.

The bottom line is, when the children are young, make learning fun and practical. Incorporate nature and ustilise the great STEM toys available. LInk into our activities blog which brings in STEM activites and applies a social factor into the experience. There is so much out there now that can help us do the best for our kids future. This being said, our efforts can actually help chnage the very direction of a national desire to see STEM flourish again in America.

"The things which will give rise to the American dream for STEM to floursih again, lies in the social acceptance of STEM in the collective mind of our young children."

 

Let's start with the benefits of play and play-based learning...

Active playing works as a cleaning process for children's minds... It's a defragmentation of their mental 'hard drive'. The positive emotions and release of natural endorphins during play cleanse out the effects of toxic stress and built up pressure etc... We need to give our kids a balance or learning and play... If we get this balance right, we will see an improvement in their overall efficiency to learn and in the longevity of their interest in subjects which comprise STEM.

If we major too much on theory, and we push our children to study without room for active and practical education, they will cetainly develop an association of boredom and eventual resentment with traditional schooling. This attitude which is found in many old chidlren, has the capacity to hinder their view of STEM related activities and even become adverse to it in high school years.

Mental blocks in peoples minds stop them from doing normal things that others can do and enjoy. I trhink of food. SOme children love vegetables, and some children will throw up if you try and get them to eat certtain greens. WIth the exception of very few, this is simply a mentl block. They decided in their mind they would not like a cedrtain flavoe. This is similar to what children enjoy in life especially as they grow up into young adults. The views formed by past experiences can be mental bocks formed by peer pressure and also be associated to how they felt about education in their initial learning years.

The bottom line is, when the children are young, make learning fun and practical. Incorporate nature and ustilise the great STEM toys available. LInk into our activities blog which brings in STEM activites and applies a social factor into the experience. There is so much out there now that can help us do the best for our kids future. This being said, our efforts can actually help chnage the very direction of a national desire to see STEM flourish again in America.

"The things which will give rise to the American dream for STEM to floursih again, lies in the social acceptance of STEM in the collective mind of our young children."

 

What does science say about STEM?

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Fostering Creativity

- The Journal

Technology is changing how students' brains are wired, setting expectations for faster, more interactive learning, said neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman. And the most important thing that schools should be teaching students is "cognitive flexibility," or the ability to be creative and put ideas together in new and innovative ways.

Eagleman spoke to a packed audience of educators and school administrators during the opening general session of the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago.

As a neuroscientist, he has studied how the human brain is constantly rewiring itself, a concept known as brain plasticity. He said the brains of today's students are changing because they are growing up in a digital world. Rather than resisting this change, educators need to embrace it and teach students as they are accustomed to learning outside of school.

Read more...

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Fostering Creativity

- The Journal

Technology is changing how students' brains are wired, setting expectations for faster, more interactive learning, said neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman. And the most important thing that schools should be teaching students is "cognitive flexibility," or the ability to be creative and put ideas together in new and innovative ways.

Eagleman spoke to a packed audience of educators and school administrators during the opening general session of the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago.

As a neuroscientist, he has studied how the human brain is constantly rewiring itself, a concept known as brain plasticity. He said the brains of today's students are changing because they are growing up in a digital world. Rather than resisting this change, educators need to embrace it and teach students as they are accustomed to learning outside of school.

Read more...

Benefits For School Success

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond.

- The Conversation

Children are naturally motivated to play. A play-based program builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways.

A play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

For example, while children are playing with blocks, a teacher can pose questions that encourage problem solving, prediction and hypothesising. The teacher can also bring the child’s awareness towards mathematics, science and literacy concepts, allowing them to engage with such concepts through hands-on learning.

Read more...

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond.

- The Conversation

Children are naturally motivated to play. A play-based program builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways.

A play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

For example, while children are playing with blocks, a teacher can pose questions that encourage problem solving, prediction and hypothesising. The teacher can also bring the child’s awareness towards mathematics, science and literacy concepts, allowing them to engage with such concepts through hands-on learning.

Read more...


"STEM Toys: How to Inspire Your Kids Through Play"

More and more parents are looking for ways to spark their children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (collectively referred to as STEM fields), and it’s not hard to understand why. Job opportunities in STEM have grown at a much faster rate than non-STEM jobs over the last decade (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent, respectively), and STEM jobs are projected to continue growing by 8.9 percent between 2014 and 2024, compared with 6.4 percent growth for non-STEM jobs, according to a Commerce Department study.

And not only are there more new opportunities in STEM, but STEM workers earn higher wages, too. As of 2015, STEM workers earned 29 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. Interestingly, STEM degree holders who don’t work in STEM also earn more—12 percent more than their non-STEM colleagues, according to the same Commerce Department study.

The benefits of a STEM education are clear. So what can parents do to help prepare their children for success in an increasingly STEM-dominated workforce?

Read more....



"STEM Toys: How to Inspire Your Kids Through Play"

More and more parents are looking for ways to spark their children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (collectively referred to as STEM fields), and it’s not hard to understand why. Job opportunities in STEM have grown at a much faster rate than non-STEM jobs over the last decade (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent, respectively), and STEM jobs are projected to continue growing by 8.9 percent between 2014 and 2024, compared with 6.4 percent growth for non-STEM jobs, according to a Commerce Department study.

And not only are there more new opportunities in STEM, but STEM workers earn higher wages, too. As of 2015, STEM workers earned 29 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. Interestingly, STEM degree holders who don’t work in STEM also earn more—12 percent more than their non-STEM colleagues, according to the same Commerce Department study.

The benefits of a STEM education are clear. So what can parents do to help prepare their children for success in an increasingly STEM-dominated workforce?

Read more....


Three examples of true STEM toys

Three examples of true STEM toys

Description

Build - Create - Imagine

Unleash your inner engineer with Constructables! Use wooden versions of real world tools to construct buildings, assemble vehicles and robots, and create simple machine, whatever you can imagine.

Practice problem solving as you tinker with nuts, bolts, building boards, and more. The wide and exciting variety of pieces kickstarts fine motor skills in young builders and inspires amateur architects to build, tear down, and build again!

Why You'll Love It:

A fine way to develop problem solving skills is to make something, Constructables! helps bring out the creative nature of your child when they use their creativity and imagination to build unique objects and structures. This set makes a great stand-alone product or similar building sets.

STEM-Social Value

Get the boys in one pair and the girls in another pair and give them 30 minutes to build the best car, truck, bridge, crane... you name it depending on their age. Give them pointers, moderate for them. Make it fun and add some prizes at your discretion to boost incentive. Use this opportunity to teach them as you identify lessons within the activity.

Once they have done that, split the boys and girls up. Think of something more feminine to build which would be more exciting for girls. Have them build a miniature crib for a small doll. The possibilities are endless!

Key developments are:

  • Patience
  • Team work
  • Sharing
  • Social Interaction
  • STEM & Social Development

Ages 4-8 Years

Description

Build - Create - Imagine

Unleash your inner engineer with Constructables! Use wooden versions of real world tools to construct buildings, assemble vehicles and robots, and create simple machine, whatever you can imagine.

Practice problem solving as you tinker with nuts, bolts, building boards, and more. The wide and exciting variety of pieces kickstarts fine motor skills in young builders and inspires amateur architects to build, tear down, and build again!

Why You'll Love It:

A fine way to develop problem solving skills is to make something, Constructables! helps bring out the creative nature of your child when they use their creativity and imagination to build unique objects and structures. This set makes a great stand-alone product or similar building sets.

STEM-Social Value

Get the boys in one pair and the girls in another pair and give them 30 minutes to build the best car, truck, bridge, crane... you name it depending on their age. Give them pointers, moderate for them. Make it fun and add some prizes at your discretion to boost incentive. Use this opportunity to teach them as you identify lessons within the activity.

Once they have done that, split the boys and girls up. Think of something more feminine to build which would be more exciting for girls. Have them build a miniature crib for a small doll. The possibilities are endless!

Key developments are:

  • Patience
  • Team work
  • Sharing
  • Social Interaction
  • STEM & Social Development

Ages 4-8 Years

Description

Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set.

It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton astronaut physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise.

Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages.

The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.

STEM-Social Value

Calling all girls to enjoy STEM toys and play! Let's bring STEM-based imaginative play into the social arena. Lego is perfect to bring STEM play into homes. Here Lego has cross with Nasa which has cross with a girl theme. Girls play nicely together building Nasa Women together to being hours of role-playing fun, Incorporated with their other great toys and dolls, the girls can really benefit from this great asset to their development and play.  

Another activity idea: One girl reads the instruction while the other girl builds. Both pull the toy apart to try and build it again from memory without the instruction manual, bouncing ideas off each other trying to remember the build sequence. Great fun together!

Key developments are:

  • Cause & effect
  • Team work
  • Sharing
  • Role playing STEM themed interaction.
  • STEM & Social Development through problem solving as a pair.

Ages 7-10 Years

Description

Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set.

It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton astronaut physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise.

Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages.

The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.

STEM-Social Value

Calling all girls to enjoy STEM toys and play! Let's bring STEM-based imaginative play into the social arena. Lego is perfect to bring STEM play into homes. Here Lego has cross with Nasa which has cross with a girl theme. Girls play nicely together building Nasa Women together to being hours of role-playing fun, Incorporated with their other great toys and dolls, the girls can really benefit from this great asset to their development and play.  

Another activity idea: One girl reads the instruction while the other girl builds. Both pull the toy apart to try and build it again from memory without the instruction manual, bouncing ideas off each other trying to remember the build sequence. Great fun together!

Key developments are:

  • Cause & effect
  • Team work
  • Sharing
  • Role playing STEM themed interaction.
  • STEM & Social Development through problem solving as a pair.

Ages 7-10 Years

Description

Indulge your inner mad scientist with this Extreme Secret Formula Lab! Great for science projects and just having fun, this kit contains everything you need to brew fantastic concoctions!

With 20 fun recipes, you can make things that glow, fizz and disappear! The tools included in this kit include test tubes with lids and stands, a mixing bowl, beaker, eyedropper, measuring scoop, funnel, sticker sheet and glow-in-the dark powder.

Each set comes with an informational booklet filled with fun facts like why frogs are slimy and when and why sea creatures glow!

This kit is recommended for ages 8 and up.

STEM-Social Value

Working together on the latest in science discovery. Team up with friends and learn about reactions, whilst carrying out the instructions carefully.

Take turns to share different roles in the laboratory team. With one being the head scientist who reads the recipes and gives the orders for the others to carry out the tasks. Have the other team members assess the completed experiments and give their reports to ensure they are correctly formulated.

Key developments are:

  • Reactions
  • Team work
  • Sharing
  • Following instructions
  • STEM & Social Development through role-play and receiving instruction

Ages 8-13 Years

Description

Indulge your inner mad scientist with this Extreme Secret Formula Lab! Great for science projects and just having fun, this kit contains everything you need to brew fantastic concoctions!

With 20 fun recipes, you can make things that glow, fizz and disappear! The tools included in this kit include test tubes with lids and stands, a mixing bowl, beaker, eyedropper, measuring scoop, funnel, sticker sheet and glow-in-the dark powder.

Each set comes with an informational booklet filled with fun facts like why frogs are slimy and when and why sea creatures glow!

This kit is recommended for ages 8 and up.

STEM-Social Value

Working together on the latest in science discovery. Team up with friends and learn about reactions, whilst carrying out the instructions carefully.

Take turns to share different roles in the laboratory team. With one being the head scientist who reads the recipes and gives the orders for the others to carry out the tasks. Have the other team members assess the completed experiments and give their reports to ensure they are correctly formulated.

Key developments are:

  • Reactions
  • Team work
  • Sharing
  • Following instructions
  • STEM & Social Development through role-play and receiving instruction

Ages 8-13 Years


"What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. As mentioned before, STEM education begins while students are very young."

- Elaine J. Hom | Live Science

"What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. As mentioned before, STEM education begins while students are very young."

- Elaine J. Hom | Live Science


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