Each month through the Groovy Lab in a Box subscription service, young STEMists (your children!) will receive fun, hands-on projects and an engineering design challenge – all focused on that month’s STEM topic. All STEMists will receive a Lab Notebook, where they can read about that month’s topic, perform investigation activities and document their findings. They will investigate, brainstorm, plan, build, test and redesign their own creations.
STEMists also receive access to the “Beyond…in a Box” online learning portal. This is a unique feature of Groovy Lab in a Box because it gives STEMists a deeper understanding of that month’s topic. “Beyond…in a Box” has videos and more interactive activities to supplement what they are learning from the box projects, which also helps the STEMist even more when completing the design challenge. Additionally, the monthly box contains bonus supplies exclusively for the activities available through “Beyond…in a Box.”
While the investigation activities have step-by-step directions, STEMists won’t have detailed directions to complete the Engineering Design Challenge. Instead, they must rely on their critical thinking skills, and what they’ve learned through the investigation process from the Lab Notebook and online activities. The Engineering Design Challenge is the culmination of your STEMist’s learning experience – the ultimate project where he/she must apply the knowledge gained from that month’s activities.
Review: Subscription boxes have become very popular so I was very happy to see one offered that is educational and fun at the same time. My children, Jackson (11) and Bella (8), disagree on most things but they do have fascination of science in common. A kit like this is perfect for them and I absolutely loved that there were multiple experiments contained in the box and that everything was included (there is nothing more frustrating than my kids showing an interest in something that is not electronic and then having to disappoint them when I tell them that we don't have some obscure item on hand to help them with their experiment).
The Here Comes the Sun kit we received had several different experiments with a common theme: the sun. To make the kit even more fun, the activities also pose the following challenge: "You're shipwrecked on a deserted island with only your Groovy Lab in a Box. Inside your groovy box are the materials to design and build a solar balloon, solar oven, conductivity tester, and desalination plant. How can you eat, drink, and get someone to rescue you using only your Groovy Lab in a Box material?" How fun!!
My husband and daughter had some great father-daughter time bonding over these activities. The directions were easy to follow and I really loved how there were thought-provoking questions and basic illustrations that helped with the overall instruction but did not ruin the surprise of the outcome. The activities took just long enough to keep her engaged, but not too long that she lost interest. She also loved showing off her finished product to the kids in the neighborhood. I would definitely recommend this subscription box if you have a little scientist in your home!
|Bella and her solar balloon|
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