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STEM Gift Ideas
(Scroll down to see STEM gift ideas for kids)
STEM Gifts For adults
Levitating Moon Lamp
My sister-in-law got this for me for Christmas and it is the coolest gift ever. The base needs to be plugged in, and once it is the moon will levitate, spin and LIGHT UP giving you an amazing little moon lamp.
Spacey Knives for the curious friend who can’t have enough space stuff.
"Women of Space" tee
Sold on Etsy and profits benefit the Brooke Owens Fellowship, for which I am a mentor. The Brooke Owens Fellowship supports women in Undergrad who want to pursue a career in the space industry. I'm wearing a Women's size Small.
This is my favorite minimalist star necklace that I wear every single day. I even wear it in the shower and it still looks as good as the day I got it - high quality stuff. Available in silver, yellow gold, or rose gold.
Beaker Wine Glasses
For the scientist in your life who loves wine but can never truly leave the laboratory.
NASA long-sleeve T
This is my new go-to Airport shirt. It's comfy and soft and only 17 buckaroos. I'm wearing a small.
Pink NASA Hat
One size fits all - great gift for the NASA fan in your life.
I just made this on Etsy and thought it was cute. I’m linking to one that will make the letters a little smaller than this because I think that would be more minimalist and stylish than this one. You can customize it to say “scientist,” “engineer” or whatever you like - it’s meant to be name necklace for bridesmaids or something, but it’s cooler this way.
I'm obsessed with these MOVA globes. When you put them in natural light, they spin. This is a perfect fancy gift for your STEM friends. Looks like the Jupiter one is sold out on Amazon - so I’m linking the Mars globe here (I also have that one - I’m a bit of a collector if I do say so myself).
Michael Kors limited edition rocket clutch - this is sold out on Amazon / Michael Kors, so I’m linking to one on Ebay here.
This is from the same company that makes the Constellation Necklace - I wear these earrings basically every time I film for Xploration Outer Space. I love them so gosh darn much. They’re dainty and spacey - a perfect combination. Available in silver, yellow gold, or rose gold.
STEM Gifts For Kids - click on images to buy
Shining Star Projector - Ages 3+
This projector allows kids to shine 24 different space images on their wall. From a solar eclipse, to space walks, to the swirly atmosphere of Jupiter - this is a great toy to help teach young kids about space.
Botley the Programmable Robot - Ages 5-8
Botley is a great kid for ages 5+ that will teach the absolute basics of programming. A great first “coding toy” for beginners. Promising review: “My 5 yr. old son loves Botley! He has such a cute little voice and sounds so friendly. The set includes such a nice variety of pieces. You can use the 12 cubes and 8 rods to construct a maze that Botley can then be programmed to run through. The cubes can also be stacked to construct a small wall, that Botley can then be programmed to run into and knock down with his attachable arms.”
Mind Blowing Science Kit - Ages 6-8
A fun kit with 11 different science experiments for a good price $12 on Amazon Prime right now. For ages 6+. This little kit has over 1300 5-star reviews. Great little gift for the Holidays.
Terrarium Kit - All ages
This best-seller on Amazon is great for the kid who loves nature. Appropriate for all ages. It comes with Terrarium jar , light-up jar lid, Micro-USB charging cable, clear and easy step-by-step instruction booklet for all ages, soil, blue sand, river rocks, wheatgrass and chia seeds, small bunny and mushroom miniatures, removable stickers for decoration, spray bottle, and wooden stick to aid in planting the seeds.
Chemistry Kit for Kids - Ages 8-12
This is a great first chemistry kit for the kids in your life! I’ve played with it myself and I love it. Great for budding chemists age 8-12.
Women of NASA Lego Set - Ages 10+
This is a great gift for the person in your life who loves NASA. I have this. I love it :)
Saturn V Lego Kit - Ages 14+
For die-hard rocket and/or Apollo enthusiasts. This meter-tall Saturn V is awesome, sells out frequently on Amazon, and as one reviewer stated “Is the best LEGO kit EVER.” Oh, and there’s exactly 1,969 LEGO pieces ;)
Primary Science Lab Set - Ages 3+
This lab kit is a great beginner science kit for the kid who loves experiments. Mix food coloring and water and see how it swirls together, or Alka Seltzer and water to watch water bubble, or olive oil and water to see what floats on top.
Ada Lace STEM Mystery Books
Obviously, I' highly recommend my STEM-driven Ada Lace books as a gift for any 6-10 year olds in your life! They’ll be so engulfed with the story that they won’t realize they’re learning about science and tech along the way!
Smart Gurlz Coding Dolls - Ages 5+
These dolls can roll around your house based on code your kid develops. Kari Bryon endorsed! Promising Amazon review: “My daughter LOVES this doll. She has shown an interest in coding and this app brought together her love of dolls and technology.”
Magnet Lab - Ages 5+
A great little beginner magnet set with 119 pieces. Promising review: “got these for my Grand daughter who was 5 at the time, she is 6 and 1/2 now and still loves them. We use them with science books and to do experiments. I also go a set of floating magnet rings. it is really easy for a child to understand how Maglev trains, electric motors and other things are moved by magnets when you have great tools like these to teach with.”
Unicornbot Kit - Ages 8+
This is a buildable, codable unicorn robot from UBTECH robotics. It has a bunch of 5-star reviews on Amazon and people seem to absolute love this. They have another one that looks like a transformer/truck if your kid is more into that! Recommended for ages 8+.
Promising Amazon review: “I bought this to build with my 8 year old daughter, and was surprised and pleased with how much fun this was for us to work on. It was much like a kit of Lego's, following the instructions and putting it together with the help of the app - we both enjoyed this part. Once it was done and we started looking at the various pre-coded items that were in the app, and how it reacted, we dug into building some of our own. This is a really 'fun' learning robot that we are both enjoying!!”
Space Science Kit - Ages 6+
DreamKits “Germs in Space” is a great way to bring space-based research into your home or classroom! Compare the science experiment that you do here on Earth to the SAME experiment done in space! How cool is that?
Wonder Workshop Dash - Ages 8+
Dash is a more substantial programmable robot for early coders ages 6+. This is a great option if you’re looking for a more substantial gift than something like the Botley Robot. Promising review: “(Bought this for a 5 year old) Absolutely OUTSTANDING product. As both a creative lead and tech developer, my personal standards for these types of devices is quite high and this little thing has not only met every expectation and promise, but exceeded them. In a world flooded with mediocre (or outright horrible) iterations of educational scientific / tech / STEM toys, it is incredibly satisfying to land on a product so well designed and constructed in every aspect of its envelope. MAJOR props to the teams behind the Dash. I cannot recommend it enough, both my 5 year old and myself find the device challenging and fun to use; a very difficult thing to accomplish. “
Barbie’s Robotics Engineer - Ages 3-7
This is a great STEM doll for kids ages 3+. They’ve even partnered with Tyker to help introduce kids to online programs that teach them how to code. Comes with a toy robot and a laptop.
Rock On! - Ages 5+
This is a game, a rock collection, and a learning experience. It as 350+ 5-star reviews on Amazon. One promising review: “What a great game.... but it is not just a game.. it is a learning experience and a way to introduce your children to geology and the beauty and amazing parts of nature that we often miss. There is a reason it is one of Amazons top selling Geology games.. and that is because it is real.. you learn.. and you play.. such a good combination.”
Gemstone Kit - Ages 6+
A great gift for budding geologists who want to learn how to dig for their own gems. 400 5-star reviews on Amazon. Promising review: “My four-year-old absolutely loved digging for gems and minerals in this National Geographic gemstone mine kit. With the oversight of his big and little brothers, who were just as enthralled (ages 2 and 6), he filled buckets with clean water and went to town on our outside deck using water, the digging tools, and anything else he could find to dissolve and break apart the rocks.”
Cozmo the Robot - Ages 8+
Try not to fall in love with this adorable little robot that you can code yourself. My husband and I have one (yes, we know it’s for kids!) and I love it so gosh darn much. This little robot has over 300 5-star reviews on Amazon, so it’s basically guaranteed to be a good gift.
AdaFruit Circuit Playground Express Ages 8+
This is a great coding-starter kit for kids ages 8+. AdaFruit provides a lot of helpful tutorials and challenges online to help guide you in your play. One promising review: “This is an amazing starter project! Whether you're a seasoned programmer or you just want an easy project this will amaze you. Everyone I showed this to said they couldn't program because it was "too hard", but after writing a program in seconds they all said they wanted one too!”
Mega Fossil Dig Kit - Ages 8-15
This kit allows your kid to excavate their own *real* fossils. Promising review: “My daughter really enjoys this! Real fossils embedded in a man-made clay. She didn't have the muscle strength to do this alone, but enjoys both the task and the discovery. We enjoyed looking up the fossils online afterwards. Great gift for introducing paleontology to young children. “
Tinkering Labs - Ages 8+
This kit has 4.7/5 stars on Amazon and provides a fun way for kids to learn about basic electronics through building something of their own. Promising review “I purchased this for my STEM- minded 12 year old. Here is his review:” I have received many stem toys before and this is by far the best I have ever received. It inspires my creativity by letting me build what ever I want to build with unlimited possibilities.”