Christmas is the season of gift giving. Whether you are a kid or an adult, it’s always an overwhelming feeling receiving a gift from someone. Are you having a hard time to think of the gifts you can give this season to your teenage boys? STEM learning kits would be one of the best options to give your kiddos! We’ve covered 6 awesome STEM learning kits below to guide you through.
For those of you who enjoy programming electronic devices and flying a drone, even remote control vehicles, you might be interested in Robolink’s CoDrone Mini, which is marketed as one of the affordable mini drones.
CoDrone Mini is especially designed to be easy to program for beginners. Its stability is one of its pillars which is perfect for kids to play around with it. The drone is programmable with Blocky and Python and is being offered at an affordable price of $89.99. With its free tutorials and videos, you can get to program and learn coding at the same time which can be useful in the future as the STEM learning is being introduced to the world.
Age: 8+, best for grades 4-8
Are your boys not interested in drones but more on the creative side and fond of science and art projects? KiwiCo got you covered with the different lines of crates they offer for all ages. They offer projects for every age and interest. Each project is designed and tested by kids to guarantee it is age appropriate and educational.
According to the company, KiwiCo was created to help kids explore their creativity and curiosity while helping parents who want to bring enriching experiences to their children. All of the projects are tested and have passed all safety standards for their designed age group and different countries they ship to.
Every month, your kid will receive a cool new project, with all the materials and instructions for hours of hands-on fun and learning.
Price: starts at $17.50 a month with free shipping within the US.
Want your teenage boy to learn how to code, experiment and problem solve? Bitsbox is here to give you the best experience in STEM learning. It’s a fun subscription box that teaches kids coding with their computer or laptop. Your kids will be obsessed with working on the apps that each plan offers.
Each box contains a dozen app projects that will surely captivate your child’s attention and get them to love coding. They are real apps that your kids can build for real devices. Once done, everyone can play with the final project on a real device. If you have more than one kid, each of them can make their own coding account online for free, so they each have their own virtual tablet and coding space. They can then take turns with the app projects.
Age: 6-12 years old
Price: starts from $24.95
Studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) opens a world of opportunities. It is the skill of the century. As the world evolves and becomes more advanced, the future will involve automation and with that, everyone as early as possible, should know a thing or two about AI. Robolink brings to the market the first educational self-driving car kit that will bring you to the world of AI.
Zumi learns as you learn. When it was first introduced to the market, it won the CES 2019 award for the best innovation in the robotics and drones category.
Zumi can learn a lot of things through training to navigate an environment. You can teach Zumi to recognize colors, learn gestures, recognize faces, and more! To learn the inside out of Zumi, the developer gives you a chance to build Zumi. The box comes with different parts for you to build. No worries because Robolink has all the resources you need to get things going with Zumi from building to coding. They have their free online tutorials and videos on Basecamp.
Age: ages 10+, best for grades 6-12
Do you want your kids to see the connection between what they learn in school and the world around them? Discover a whole new way to make art, fix things, design wearable items, build models, and decorate your space with 3Doodler.
According to 3Doodler, “A 3D pen is a pen that extrudes heated or warm plastic from the pen’s nozzle. You don’t need any software. There are no files to transfer, and no difficult tech to master. In the words of a teacher we work with, “whatever you imagine, you can draw. It goes from your brain, to your hand, right there.””
Price: between $11.99 and $1,199.99
With this pen, a raised graphic on a piece of paper or any flat surface can be drawn by your kid. However, the unique part of it is its ability to “draw” in mid-air, allowing you to instantly form 3D structures, which you can pick up and hold in your hand.
3Doodler has all the resources you need on their website such as sample projects, tutorials, stencils, and lesson plans.
Hands-on building and gaming for your teenage boys that’s within your budget less than a hundred bucks? Piper offers their Mini version of the Piper Computer Kit. Meet Piper Mini! The kit you will receive is beautifully designed and assembly is as fun as it is challenging.
Piper Mini has a story mode with 11 different levels that your kids would love to build and play including Mars mission, Cheesteroid, Treasure hunt, Chain Reaction, Pip Hop, Bot Builder, etc. You’ll help your Piperbot to accomplish all the missions. You only need to follow the gameplay to play the levels. Once done with the core levels, you can start your Creative mode and start exploring and building with the circuits you know how to build.
I know it’s still too early for a gift guide but I hope this will help you find the perfect gift for your kids. After all, the best gift to give your teenage boys should be of their best interest. Asking them and showing them options can help you decide what to buy for them. I hope this helps you get your wheels turning. Happy holidays!