From coding robots and chemistry sets to space-themed offerings, here are some of the best STEM kits for elementary school students and teachers.
After a year of remote learning, many schools are returning to in-person learning this fall. Whether it’s in the classroom or follow-up work at home, STEM lessons focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics are foundational to a number of educational pathways. As students head back to the classroom, here are some of the best STEM kits and coding accessories for elementary students and teachers.
Robotics kits are essentially a STEM rite of passage at this point. The Giggleway science kit comes with everything children will need to construct three individual robot systems including motors, circuitry, wiring and an instruction book for independent DIY construction. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 8 and 12.
Space and final frontier exploration are popular subjects for many elementary school kids. This STEM kit features six space-themed learning exercises including lessons to understand rocket propulsion and lunar phases as well as the opportunity to build a model of the solar system. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 7 and 10.
National Geographic offers a number of STEM kits including this chemistry set. This STEM bundle touts 45 different lessons including options dedicated to chemical reactions and the hallmark science fair fan favorite a la the pyroclastic, oozing volcanic explosion. This science kit is rated for children 8 and older.
The LEGO Chain Reactions kit allows children to channel their inner Rube Goldberg and create reactive 3D structures. The bundle includes a booklet and instructions to design 10 modules brimming with ramps, caroming balls, building blocks and more. This science kit is rated for children 8 and older.
There are also a number of coding kits on the market to inspire aspiring computer programmers. BitsBox offers a STEM subscription service of sorts, delivering new coding challenges each month. This includes lessons to help create video games, greeting cards and more. Each box has a different theme varying from animals and robots to fantasy and flight. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 6 and 12.
This Makeblock offering is an all-in-one robotics and coding experience. Children can assemble the included mBot robot for a crash course in robotics and electronics and use the paired mBlock Blockly App as an introduction to dozens of programming languages via a series of games. The kit is also compatible with a number of add-on expansion packs for additional bot customization and extended learning opportunities. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 8 and 12.
By Jill Fox
It’s Full Steam Ahead for Park Trails Elementary as the school prepares to celebrate its 20th year in Parkland.
Principal Arlene Manville said the theme is designed to help kick off their new school-wide STEAM initiative, where students will expand their learning of concepts related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
On Tuesday, August 17, Park Trails will have an in-person meet and greet for all students.
Attendees should arrive during their scheduled times and will be able to pick up pre-ordered supplies, sign-up for aftercare, join the PTA, buy apparel and other merchandise.
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Students last name A to H
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Students last name I to P
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Students last name Q to Z
Manville said she is excited to welcome students back and is looking forward to all of the rededication activities planned for the students and community throughout the upcoming year.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.