Give your kids the gift of STEM

If you’re scratching your head trying to think of Christmas present ideas for your kids, fear no more. The Good Schools Guide has compiled a fool-proof list of gift ideas, all of which are not only great fun but include an element of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), from programmable robots to building sets for girls.

Here are our picks for the best STEM gifts on the market for your children this Christmas.

OrganATTACK

Organ ATTACK combines medical terminology and humour, with the aim of the game to remove your opponent’s organs before they remove yours. Different tactical cards, such as gallstones and thyroiditis, are used to inflict or repel harm to the body.

Age group: 10+

Price: $42

Sphero Mini

From the company that produced the world’s inaugural app-enabled robotic ball, this smaller version can be paired with the Sphero Edu app to teach programming using JavaScript. Roughly the size of a pong ball, Sphero Mini is a fun, interactive way to introduce kids to coding.

Age group: 8+

Price: $79

Goldieblox

Designed to teach young girls the fundamentals of building and engineering, this is an ideal gift for children with an interest in STEM. Launched through Kickstarter, GoldieBlox offers a unique blend of storytelling and construction, with various sets to collect.

Age group: 4+

Price: $26-$35

Bee-Bot

Bee-Bot teaches kids a variety of skills, from problem solving to estimation and sequencing. With a memory of up to 40 steps, the device delivers a unique learning experience while still being bright, interactive and fun to use.

Age group: 4+

Price: $119

 

If you’re unsure of how to keep your kids preoccupied during the school holidays, check out our guide to Melbourne for some inspiration.

Useful Links:

The importance of digital literacy

Robotics in Australian schools

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