As parents, it’s natural for us to encourage our kids to take up the same interests we enjoyed at their age, or even interests we enjoy now as adults.
It all comes down to familiarity and confidence—we feel comfortable getting our kids involved in areas where we are knowledgeable and experienced. Makes perfect sense!
But on the flip side, it’s also a big reason we may shy away from encouraging our kids to pursue other interests!
You can see it happening with STEM in particular. Parents and even educators sometimes feel unsure of where to start when it comes to motivating kids to get involved.
Perhaps you have a tiny tinkerer desperate for new things to build. Or how about a creative coder endlessly attached to their computer? Or maybe your child is a future designer, always rearranging the photos on their bulletin board, adding and subtracting stickers and embellishments until it’s picture-perfect?
But if you aren’t a tinkerer, coder, or designer yourself, how do you establish the connection?
Well, the holiday season is the perfect time to get the STEM ball rolling, thanks to the abundance of science, technology, engineering, and math related gifts available.
Such options are perfect for anyone and everyone—from those who have already taken the STEM plunge to others who just want to start by dipping a toe in.
So for parents looking for gift guidance, we have a few suggestions!
Gift #1: A week (or two!) at iD Tech
What better way to encourage your child’s STEM ambitions than by setting them along a concrete pathway to fulfilling them? Even one week at iD Tech can be life changing.
Does your child already know they want to code the next great app? Or maybe they can’t stop playing Fortnite, Minecraft, or Roblox, and want to take the next step in game design? Perhaps they want to build a laptop computer, explore engineering, learn AI with a new robot friend, or 3D print a model they designed from scratch. We’ve got it all covered—including our new eSports summer camps—with over 50 courses offered for Summer 2019.
The best part? Now through December 16, you can save $100 when registering for a course your student is sure to love. You can even have your child unwrap the gift of camp with one of our specially designed holiday cards.
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 2019 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.
Gift #3: 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 to upgrade their avatars, buy special abilities, purchase cool swag in games, or 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, 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 summer courses.
Gift #4: 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 #5: littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor 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 Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, in particular, lets kids become their own superheroes (that’s right, from Marvel’s Avengers!). Multiple inventions in each kit include Iron Man’s light powers, or the speed tracker used by Ant-Man to shrink and grow at the snap of a finger. There are over 18 activities in all! (It’s so cool...I want one too.)
Gift #6: Blackbird Gaming mice and keyboards by Monoprice
Any gamer lives and dies by precision, accuracy, and response time. Outside of the game being played itself, ergonomics and comfort are also key for any prolonged session.
Powered by Monoprice’s LightStrike technology, the MP93 Optical Gaming Mouse and MP810 Optical Mechanical Spillproof Gaming Keyboard are ideal for those needing comfort, high-performance, and bleeding-edge speed.
Exclusive for iD Tech students: Save 25% and 15% on the mice and keyboards below, respectively.
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Gift #7: LEGO Coding Express
Sequencing, looping, conditional coding—it’s all here with the Coding Express train from LEGO!
Early learners can be easily inspired with the power to make their train move, stop, change direction, and even sound the horn. Along the way, they’ll develop critical thinking and collaboration skills.
By placing action bricks along the tracks, students can problem-solve and guide their trains to their intended destinations.
Gift #8: Online Private Lessons from iD Tech
Sessions can be tailored to fit your child’s schedule, are available to students across the world, and can be taken in any of our specific course focuses—coding, game development, robotics, and design.
An Online Private Lesson is the perfect complement to our in-person, hands-on summer learning experiences that have earned us the reputation as the #1 STEM camp in the world.
You can’t go wrong with any of the STEM gifts above—whatever you choose, you'll be taking steps to prepare your child for a world millions of open STEM jobs.
So, happy holidays, happy STEM gifting, and here’s to cultivating the next generation of innovators!