Great STEM Gifts for Girls 2018 – WISE Young Professionals’ Board
The WISE Young Professionals’ Board have scanned the market for the best STEM Gifts available in 2018. If you want to encourage an interest in science here are some gift ideas for anyone aged 3 – 14, particularly daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, or any other young women.
Tech Will Save US | Build your own electronic toys!
Female founder & CEO Bethany Koby sets creates a range of STEM gifts to get kids into Tech! With ranges for ages 4-6, where motion and sound come to life in the hands of new inventors, to fun coding kits for ages 7-10 and 11+ allowing future inventors to build their own cool toys!
Available to buy from www.techwillsaveus.com/shop/. Kits range from £19.99 to £99.99
Curiosity Box | Bake Off Lab Box
The Curiosity Box, a previous WISE Award winner, want to give every child the opportunity to become the next Marie Curie, Albert Einstein or Ada Lovelace. Because science belongs to EVERYONE!
Try their Bake Off Lab Box! This scrumptious box contains 3 delicious activities that you’ll want to get your teeth into plus 2 collectables – a rocket-shaped biscuit cutter and colourful measuring spoons. If that’s not enough we have also included a Molymod! Find out what it takes to make the perfect dunkable biscuit, study the sweeter side of science with our Heavenly Honeycomb activity and make your very own Curiosity Showstopper! Mmmmmm, science you can actually eat! Ready…steady…..science! Buy from www.curiosity-box.com
GeoSmart FlipBot | Magnetic robot car construction kit
Create a flippable robot car! This colourful magnetic construction set features two snap-in motors and easy to snap-together pieces, controlled by a wireless remote, that’s ready to race…and flip!
Available to buy from www.brightminds.co.uk/products/geosmart-flipbot for £39.99.
Wonder Lab | Hands on STEM encouragement for toddlers
Suitable for ages 3-5+, this is one of the earliest-age STEM toys on the market. Ignite curiosity through hands-on play with the Little Tikes Wonder Lab! This ultimate STEM lab brings magic of science to life through 20 activities and over 50 accessorises, sounds and phrases. This activity-packed, brightly coloured laboratory aims to get little ones feeling like a real scientist, and you can encourage hands-on play to fuel their cognitive development.
Available to buy from www.littletikes.co.uk/wonder-lab/ from £80.
Slime Lab | Gooey adventures making your own slime
Slime is all the rage, and with this kit, recommended for ages 6-9, girls can create their own glow-in-the-dark slimy alien, bouncy putty ball and gummy bug with 7 fun experiements! Test the different slimes, make tubs of goo and try out the funny noise pot!
Available to buy from: www.galttoys.com/slime-lab.html. Prices from £12.99.
Gears! Gears! Gears! | For future engineers!
Encourage critical thinking and problem solving with this colourful construction set for ages 3-7. Includes a box overflowing with 100 pieces, which include gears, crank, connectors, interconnecting base plates.
Available to buy from giftsforlittlehands.com for £25.
Gravitrax | Learn about gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and fun.
Experience the power of gravity! Use your imagination to build superb tracks and set the gravity spheres rolling! Freestyle with your own track design or use the tasks and blueprints included to help you to get! Are the gravity spheres stopping or flying off before reaching the end target? Time for some problem-solving!
Available to buy from www.johnlewis.com for £39.99.
Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit | Code your own magic wand!
Open the box, pull out the pieces, button, & board. Follow the simple steps, build it all by yourself, and learn how it works. Connect it to your tablet, laptop or desktop device, and start creating with the Wizarding World. Learn how your coding wand’s sensors work. Discover its gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer! For ages 7+
Available to buy from kano.me/store/uk for £99.99. Other kits available from £29.99. Requires a tablet, laptop or desktop to be used in conjunction.
Science MAD! Chemistry Lab Playset | 100 safety tested experiments
For ages 10 and up, this kit that contains chemicals and equipment for 100 science experiments with easy to follow step-by-step guides! Comes with all the equipment and kit to make your young chemist feel like a pro(fessor)!
Available to buy from www.amazon.co.uk for £24.99.
Bug Safari Kit | Catch and study little miracles of nature!
This kit provides easy to use, professional quality equipment to catch, study and identify common mini-beasts in the garden, park or countryside. Includes a full-colour booklet on how to use the equipment, and charts to help identify the creatures caught.
Available to buy from www.hobbycraft.co.uk for £12.
Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set | Science for little ones!
The ideal introduction to STEM subjects for children aged 3 and up, bright colours will keep them engaged while chunky sized real-life tools are perfectly sized for little hands to hold, helping to encourage a love of science from an early age. Set includes 10 activity cards illustrating step-by-step, hands-on science experiments that can be easily carried out with additional everyday items from around the home.
Available to buy from www.johnlewis.com for £22.40.
Disclaimer: the above list is purely an opinion of the members of the WISE Young Professionals’ Board and is a small sample of the toys available on the market this holiday season. Toys were not tested officially, nor was endorsement from a specific provider sought.