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Last Minute STEM Gifts

Krystal Paisley

December 23, 2014

While some completed their holiday shopping months ago, there are many of us who are still on the search for some last minute gifts. What better way to celebrate than with the gift of STEM!


STEM is the acronym used for science, technology, engineering, and math education. Playing a role in our everyday lives, it’s important to encourage STEM education. The U.S. Department of Labor has also listed STEM careers as some of the highest in-demand occupations, proving that this education is an investment in the future.


If you are one of those last minute shoppers, below are some great STEM gifts for the future engineers and architects (and scientists) in your life.


Snap Circuits
With different options for different ages, this toy encourages building while also teaching children about the principles of electricity. Snap wires, alarm circuits, slide switches, and more are used to create working circuit boards.


Fun for all ages! The square and triangular shapes can be built horizontally or vertically, providing endless possibilities of creativity.


Robot Turtles
This product encourages programming in kindergartens and preschoolers. Using silly turtle noises, Robot Turtles teaches kids the fundamentals of programming, ranging from coding to functions.


City Square Off
Know a mini city planner? Using spatial thinking and strategic planning skills, City Square Off challenges players to fill their city grid with the most efficient pattern.


Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set
Perfect for your little mad scientist, this science lab uses real science tools to encourage experimentation and exploration - all right at your kitchen table!


This strategic board game encourages the growth of shape and color recognition, pattern perception, and critical and spatial thinking skills.


You can’t go wrong with a classic! Legos come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Ranging from a basic set of blocks to constructing the Eiffel Tower, Legos are a perfect gift for a budding engineer or architect.


You can find these STEM gifts and more on


This list is only the beginning! There are many ways to promote STEM education at home, every day. Tell us your favorite STEM gifts and activities in the comments below.


And...happy holidays from ms consultants!


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