Kids Hack Labs' Top 10 STEM Gifts - 2020

I reviewed a number of sources and put together a top 10 list of STEM toys. My criteria was not scientific but I kept the following in mind:

  • engaging

  • offline

  • ease of use

  • mix in price and target age

Give your child the gift of STEM. These gifts are a great compliment to Kids Hack Labs' Coding and Science programs.

Code Rocket by Let’s Start Coding

Age: 8 - 12

Price: $58 cdn

Purchase: Amazon

  • Follow 21 different coding projects of varying difficulties or code your own project

  • Simplifies coding and clearly demonstrates how the child's coding is impacting the rocket

  • Builds an interest in coding while teaching computational, critical, and creative thinking skills

Gears! Gears! Gears! Robots in Motion by Learning Resources

Age: 5 - 9

Price: $53 cdn

Purchase: Amazon

  • The robotic building set works with other Gears! Gears! Gears! building sets

  • Build robots with moving parts

  • Follow instructions or build your own design

  • Explore, understand and experience how gears function

  • Builds an interest in exploring while teaching creative thinking skills

Botzees by pai Technology

Age: 4 - 11

Price: $100 cdn

Purchase: Best Buy

  • Combines augmented reality, coding, and creativity

  • Build and code the robot

  • Code the robot to move and make sounds

  • Code your own motion patterns or follow instructions

  • Child can navigate the robot

  • Builds an interest in exploring and coding while teaching creative thinking skills

Gravitrax Obstacle Set by Ravensburger

Age: 8+

Price: $150 cdn