Our favorite STEM gifts designed to encourage girls and young women in science and technology fun and learning.
Sphero SPRK+: App-Enabled Robot Ball with Programmable Sensors + LED Lights ($192)
It's a learning companion that invites kids to explore, experiment, and create. Spark + comes with a free interactive app that lets you control the ball in hundreds of fun ways and learn through coding.
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game ($28)
Gravity Maze is a marble run brain game that's fun to build and play. It's one of ThinkFun's most popular STEM toys for kids, and this award-winning toy comes with 60 challenges ranging from beginner to expert. Gravity Maze contains over 70 pieces made of colorful plastic that can be arranged on the base board in gravity defying ways.
Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Exploration Kit ($21)
Enticing to learn for both boys and girls, this snap-together electronics kit from Elenco features over 30 components that enable children to learn the basics of electronics. Kids can create working electronic circuits with over 100 color photographs and instructions in the full-color, step-by-step manual.
YELLOW SCOPE | Foundation Chemistry Kit: Fun & Educational Science/STEM Experiments for Kids ($50)
The YELLOW SCOPE LAB Notebook is a fun and fashionable way for kids (8-12) to learn about key scientific concepts like chemical reactions, molecular motion, and the effect of temperature.
4M 5557 Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit ($22)
Perfect for budding scientists and chemists, the 4M crystal growing science kits are easy to use and fun to grow. Kids will learn about crystallization and geology concepts while making their own beautiful specimens. These award-winning science kits have been tested by children and loved by parents for over 40 years.
YELLOW SCOPE | Paper Chromatography Kit: The Art & Science of Color ($20)
We have tried several science kits and this one has been the best. I bought it because it comes with space to journal about the experiments, and my daughter loves to journal. It also comes with pencils and a sharpener, and chalk, to label and draw your experiments. The experiments are designed for a little older kid, so they are more interesting than your basic ”watch baking soda and vinegar make bubbles” experiments.
Makeblock mBot Coding Robot Kit, Robot Toys for Kids ($73)
mBot is a little robot, big fun! Learn to program as you connect and control the little robot with your phone or tablet. Play games, create animations, and invent your own creative projects guided by experts from Makeblock. It can be controlled by multiple ways: Remote control ( download app on IOS or Android), Bluetooth control, Password control, Scratch control, Blockly control.
HEXBUG JUNKBOTS ($18)
You never know what you're going to find! HEXBUG JUNKBOTS are dumpster-ready, ready to partner up with kids and adults in the construction of new worlds. Each trash can or dumpster is a machine, as well as a toy, reflecting our endless desire for creation.
4M 4605 Water Rocket Kit ($21)
The 4M Water Rocket is an easy-to-build water rocket kit that creates a powerful blast of water when fully launched. Easy to assemble, this fun STEM toy is great for rocket enthusiasts. The water rocket kits can be used over and over again, and includes parts required to transform a recycled 2 liter soda bottle into an aerial rocket with a maximum height of 90 feet.
Engino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges ($30)
Engino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges Blue set is the perfect kit to learn how buildings and bridges work. This set allows you to experiment, build, and rebuild with step-by-step instructions. This STEM toy set focuses on structural elements that make structures stand up and the forces that put them under strain.