We live in a time that is filled with technology and the fruits of science. And one of the joys of childhood is to discover the wonders of science with kits and experiments.
More recently, there has also been a great emphasis on STEM education for girls.
STEM, of course, stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and is a broad term used to group together these academic disciplines. The reason for highlighting STEM activities for girls is the apparent lack of women working in those fields.
According to an entry at Wikipedia,
“Although women make up 47% of the workforce in the U.S., they hold only 24% of STEM jobs. Research suggests that exposing girls to female inventors at a young age has the potential to reduce the gender gap in technical STEM fields by half.”
Regardless of whether building a robot kit will cause your daughter to aspire to a profession in robotics or not, there is no denying the fun and fascination that can be had with educational science kits for kids, both girls, and boys.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (And Things You’ll Build)
Toys, games, and crafts will always be the staples and mainstays of a kid’s life. But science kits of many types can play a significant role in a child’s world and development.
With that in mind, we want to highlight a few of the amazing and educational science kits we offer for kids of all ages.
1. Rocketing as High-Flying Science
Who doesn’t want to fly?
And, while most of our kids will not likely get airborne anytime soon, there are opportunities for them to build their own flying vehicles such as rockets and planes. It’s one thing to build a static model or LEGO® kit of a rocket or plane. It’s something else altogether to build a kit that actually gets airborne.
We carry a wide variety of Estes solid-fuel rocket kits, along with the required accessories such as engines, ignitors, parachutes, and launch platforms. These kits incorporate motor skills along with developing the ability to follow instructions. In addition, the basic dynamics of rocketry and electricity fundamentals are learned.
Not to mention they’re exciting to launch!
Want something a bit simpler? We have a line of electric-powered Rage Spinner Missiles. These Ready-to-Fly (RTF) rocket models are a “simple, safe and convenient way to have hours of fun creating a personal space program by launching a model rocket into the sky.”
2. Robotics as Hands-On Fun
Why robotics for kids? That’s a fair question, but who doesn’t remember playing with robot toys as a kid? It may be a fairly recent phenomenon, but the fascination for robots hasn’t diminished since the first robot toys were introduced in the 1940s.
According to one blog,
“The first tin toy robot to be made is believed to be Lilliput from Japan. The square, yellow robot was always thought to date from the 1930’s, but experts now believe he was actually first made in post-War occupied Japan around the mid-1940’s. The next robot that was released was Atomic Robot Man in the late 1940’s.”
Today, kids can build their own robots and the types and varieties of kits are extensive.
- A robotics kit can help your child learn how things are put together and how they work.
- They can entertain kids while building things to help keep them from getting bored or frustrated.
- Robots introduce kids to math and science in a real-world way, hands-on manner.
- Programming kit-built model robots help kids understand what robots can and can’t do.
Another source notes that it’s important to provide kids with a basic knowledge of robotics and technology in their everyday life outside of school. The more children know about coding and how robots, Smartphones, and other electronic products are programmed, the more capable they can be in everyday life.
3. Engineering – Building Cool Stuff
Construction sets for kids have evolved far beyond basic building blocks or even the venerable Erector Set kits. But the goal is the same: to teach engineering and physics fundamentals, while providing hours of fun and the gratification of building something cool.
For example, we carry a large variety of KEVA Planks construction kits that incorporate wooden planks that allow kids to build an almost infinite number of structures or contraptions, as they refer to them.
Static structures are fine but having a dynamic aspect such as moving parts or tracks can add another level of interest and learning.
One example is the Q-BA-MAZE series of building kits. These are unique systems of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The marble maze sculptures can be in the form of animals, robots, towers, and geometric shapes, all of which allow for unpredictable action as steel marbles travel different routes through them.
Science Kits to Amaze, Educate, and Provide Fun!
You’ll discover dozens of intriguing and engaging science kits for kids at Fundemonium.
We carry many award-winning products that help kids learn about natural sciences, electronics, and robotics and have fun doing it.
Fundemonium is more than a store – it’s a fun family experience, where families and fans of science and technology can meet and explore all the fun ways to enjoy them.
Fundemonium is a safe and friendly place where adults and children of all ages can enjoy creative fun. In addition, we have a great selection of science kits, games, toys, and hobby products for your entire family.
And you can be sure that our friendly and knowledgeable staff makes it their business to help you have fun.
Just give us a call during our business hours if you’d like to speak directly with one of our Fundemoniacs.