Do you have a tiny tinkerer desperate for new things to build? How about a creative coder endlessly attached to their computer? Or maybe your child is a devoted designer, always rearranging the photos on their bulletin board, adding and subtracting stickers and embellishments until it’s picture-perfect?
No matter what side of STEM (yes, STEM; here is what STEM stands for) brightens your child’s eyes, we’ve got you covered with our holiday gift guide. Read on!
Gift #1: A Week (or Two!) at iD Tech
What better way to encourage your child’s STEM dreams than by starting (or continuing) their path to fulfilling them? Even one week at iD Tech can change be life changing.
Does your child already know they want to code the next great app? Or maybe they can’t stop playing Minecraft and want to mod their favorite digital world? Perhaps they want to build a laptop, explore engineering, learn AI with a new robot friend, or 3D print a model they designed from scratch? We’ve got it all covered—and more—with over 50 courses offered for Summer 2018.
The best part? Now through December 14, you can pair a session of camp with a premium track hoodie or a Minecraft-inspired backpack with our Holiday gift promo!
Don’t know where to start? Give our Camp Specialists a call at 1-888-709-8324. They’d love to help you pick the best course for your child. You can also download our 2018 brochure right here.
Gift #2: Tinker Crate
For those little ones who love new challenges, check out Tinker Crate from Kiwi Co. The founders created Kiwi Co to expose kids to STEM because they believe STEM skills turn students into creative problem-solvers and lay a foundation for critical thinking.
Their subscription box includes an exciting hands-on experiment, complete with step-by-step instructions, a magazine, and video tutorials.
Each month, right at home, your child can build a new amazing project like a trebuchet or fiber optic stars! They can learn everything from engineering to astronomy to hydraulics. Plus, your child is basically getting a present each month, so it’s like extending the magic of the holidays throughout the entire year.
Even better, your first month is free with this exclusive gift from iD Tech!
Gift #3: littleBits Droid Inventors Kit
littleBits is an award-winning platform that makes easy-to-use electronic building blocks to teach children electrical engineering basics with safe, fun toys. Kids invent apps, music, games, and more with the large variety of kits littleBits offers.
The Droid Inventors Kit, in particular, lets kids create their own Droid (that’s right, from Star Wars!). This kit teaches kids circuitry and motors to make their Droid move. They can even add proximity sensors to “use the Force” and move their Droid without touching it… and that’s just the beginning. (It’s so cool... I want one too!)
We incorporate other littleBits products at camp (though not the Droid) in our inventing course for ages 7–9 called CreationLab. Check it out!
Gift #4: pi-topPulse
Our most popular course last year was a brand new offering that combined hardware and software skills in the form of the super rad pi-top laptop. (We now offer even more pi-top courses for kids and teens!)
Now your child can take their computer-building skills to the next level with the pi-topPulse, an add-on that expands their laptop from last summer to include Amazon Web Services, an LED panel, and more. It’s an ideal way to keep their computer science learning going all year long.
Gift #5: SparkFun Inventor’s Kit
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) is a great way to get your child started with coding and hardware interaction using the Arduino programming language.
The SIK includes everything your child needs to complete five in-depth projects consisting of 16 interconnected circuits. These projects teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors and more. The culminating project is your child’s very own autonomous robot! No previous programming or electronics experience is required.
Gift #6: Roblox Robux Gift Card
Roblox is the largest user-generated online gaming platform, and for good reason. Kids can dive into game creation to design and code their own games, play others’ games, and interact with their friends in a safe community of more than 50 million monthly users.
Robux is the “currency” users can redeem for upgrades to their avatar, or to buy special abilities, really cool swag in games, or to use in the Builder’s Club. It’s the perfect gift for your aspiring Roblox developer.
Whether your child is Roblox pro or brand new user, they’re sure to get immersed in this engaging world. And once they do, they can take their skills to the next level in our Roblox courses next summer.
Happy holidays and happy STEM gifting!