In our work with tween girls we have discovered that the best way to get girls interested in STEM is for STEM projects to be meaningful to them. Instead of just building a drone to build it, girls want to build a drone that does solves a problem or makes someone's life better. They want to build a drone to help farmers look at their crops or one to deliver supplies to people in need.
With that in mind, we have curated our favorite STEM gifts that help make such projects meaningful to girls and are also fun!
1. Edible Chemistry Kit
Maybe your parents were wrong when they said not to play with your food!
This edible chemistry kit encourages young scientists to be creative while learning about real, interesting chemistry topics. Its contents teach about acids, bases, solutions, formulas, reactions, carbonation, indicators, pigments, gels, polymers, and more—all while being completely edible.
What they create is completely left up to the imagination, so every girl will create something different!
2. Rule Your Room Kit
This awesome kit uses everyday objects to create extraordinary inventions.
It comes with 7 bits and 19 accessories, which allow your STEM girl to make things like a moving collage, burglar buzzer, top secret safe, and more.
These inventions are completely out-of-the-ordinary and offer an experience that no other science kit can quite match.
3. MudWatt Stem Kit
MudWatt is a perfect pet for the girl in your life!
The MudWatt runs on living microbes. There is a light at the top that blinks when it is living.
Girls fill the MudWatt with different soils and foods and can experiment with how different items affect the MudWatt's growth.
The best part? All of the MudWatt's growth can be tracked on a cool app!
The girls will have a blast while learning about renewable energy, sustainability, microbiology, electricity, and more!
4. Circuit Building Set
When a teacher and electrical engineer team up to make a toy, you know it’s going to be cool.
This circuit building set encourages basic STEM thinking principles through interactive play.
With the LightUp learning app as their guide, girls will be able to build circuits, use x-ray vision to see the energy flow, and even troubleshoot when things don’t go as planned.
5. Women of Nasa lego Set
This new lego set has been flying off the shelves!
It features figures 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, and physician and engineer Mae Jemison.
The set includes 3 builds and a booklet about the women featured!
After realizing that their childhood toys inspired them to become engineers, two Stanford graduates set out to inspire other girls just like them.
Their ultimate goal is to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields, and they do that by creating their building kits for girls.
With many different kits available, Roominate allows girls to create their dream home through blending building, circuits, design, crafts, and storytelling in this unique kit.
7. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
This New York Times best selling book features 50 women in science who had an impact in their fields.
This book is beautifully illustrated and is inspirational for girls of all ages!
8. Make Your Own Nail Polish
Have you ever had the perfect color in mind, but no nail polish that was exactly like it?
This kit allows girls to formulate their own colors of nail polish while also playing around with a little chemistry.
With 8 colors to mix and match to create endless color combinations, this will be a hit with your chemistry and beauty-obsessed daughter.
9. DoughLab Stem Kit
This fun kit includes 5 experiments that allow you to find the perfect bread recipe!
There is even a race to inflate gloves with the power of yeast!
10. Osmo Starter Set
Osmo is a line of toys that bridges the physical world with the Digital world.
There are a variety of Osmo games and products, this is the starter set. The kit interacts with any iPad!
What you do with the physical products included reflects and interacts with the app on the iPad.
This set includes fun visual, spatial and word puzzles that people of all ages will love!
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