With about a month to go until school is back in session, you might be on the lookout for back to school toys that are fun to play with but also instill STEM values. Luckily for you, we found some STEAM toys will do just the trick. Here we have compiled a list of our top 5 favorite STEM toys that make great back to school gifts.
1. Beatbox by Rhythmo: DIY Midi Controller
Of course we are going to recommend the Beatbox as the perfect STEM toy for kids and teens. Many kids dream of beat making and music production but don’t know how to or where to start. The Beatbox is an all-in-one DIY midi controller great for any aspiring DJ. It is the answer to the question: How to become a DJ? The STEM product comes unassembled with all the parts and pieces needed and only takes an hour to put together. The Beatbox comes with a bundled iOS and Android app with preloaded tutorials that will have you finger drumming like a pro in no time. It is also compatible with most music production software already out there. It retails for $150, and the Kickstarter campaign launches at then end of August 2019.
There is a good chance you have or know a kid that is a Harry Potter fanatic. With the Kano Harry Potter Coding Wand they can fuel their love for the series after reading all the books and binging all the movies. Kids can channel their inner computer wizard as they learn to code by unlocking spells throughout the gameplay. The kit includes a wand and software which retails for $99.99.
It is no secret that kids love Minecraft. If your kid can’t get enough of the video game, chances are they’d be pretty great at building their own. With Bloxels- they can try! Bloxels comes with a board which you plug blocks- think pixels- into to create characters and landscapes for any video game a child’s imagination can conjure up. All they have to do is use their hands to design on the board and then use a smartphone or tablet to snap a pic of their creation and see it come to life as a playable video game on the Bloxels app. The Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game includes the board, blocks, and software and retails for $59.99 on Amazon.
If you know an aspiring Jedi, you can now gift them with their very own R2D2 they can build themselves. The Droid companion is controlled by an iOS or Android app. The app includes coding missions to add range to what your Droid can do. The opportunities for adventure are endless. It retails for $99.95.
This adorable robot comes to life when connected to five free Wonder Workshop Dash Robot iOS and Android apps. The robot comes fully charged out of the box and responds to voice commands. Within the apps kids can learn to code by programming tasks for the Dash Robot to perform. The robot retails for $149.99 on Amazon.