STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It’s the buzz word in education because the future belongs to the makers, the creators, and the problem solvers. So help your child get started with these cool STEAM resources…
- S is for Science experiments
- T is for Technology in balance
- E is for Engineering toys for budding engineers
- A is for Art appreciation
- M is for Math fun for kids
Inspiring young botanists, Science on a Garden Adventure will teach children about the fun of gardening through exciting hands-on science experiments. They will make a terrarium, learn about underground habitats, explore the different parts of plants, test the soil, design a mini-garden, grow all kinds of seeds, perform plant experiments, identify bugs and their habitats, make a working sun dial, and much more.
The Young Scientists Club aspires to offer children quality, science-related products that will fascinate them with the wonders of scientific discover and spark their interest in future scientific endeavors. All products are designed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, educators, and parents with one purpose in mine – to combine fun and fascination with quality and learning in each and every product.
- Winner of the Toy of the Year award by Creative Child Magazine
- Winner of the Parents’ Choice Recommended Award
Don’t just play, create! Youth Digital’s online tech courses provide a safe, engaging learning environment for kids to master critical technology skills and learn professional software. With this NEW course from Youth Digital, kids can now create animated movies using their favorite Minecraft characters! This year-long course gives kids a productive outlet for their love of Minecraft! $100 off for a limited time from Educents!
- Interactive lessons are fun to watch and easy to follow!
- Kids learn at their own pace!
- Kids use their imaginations to create their own Minecraft animations!
In this online course, kids will learn essential 3D animation concepts including keyframe animation, rendering and compositing, camera composition, and more. From walk cycle development to facial expressions, kids will also learn the basics of character animation to bring their Minecraft characters to life. Kids will learn to use professional 3D software, Blender, to control every aspect of their animation.
- Over 30 hours of self-paced, engaging online lessons
- 1 year access to our dedicated team of online teachers to help your student along the way
- Professional software
Who is it for? Kids ages 8 to 14.
3D Character Animation 1 works on the following operating systems: Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista or XP, Mac: OS 10.7 or higher, 64-bit (after 2008). Computers must have a mouse with scroll wheel and network speeds > 1mbps.
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Using only the materials from your Groovy Lab in a Box, can you design, build, and launch an airplane generating thrust with a propeller which travels fifteen feet? STEMists, get ready to pack up and fly away!
- With Groovy Lab in a Box, young STEMists (your children!) will receive fun, hands-on projects and an engineering design challenge – all focused on a particular 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. Materials for investigations are included.
- STEMists also receive access to our special “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.
- 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.
Recommended for ages 8+
Artyfactory offers a terrific online resource for budding artists. Learn how to draw, paint and design by following illustrated step-by-step tutorials. The section on Art Appreciation also helps to expand the context of many of their lessons. Best of all, Artyfactory is free.
Making Math relevant, Mathalicious offers real-world math lessons to help middle and high school teachers address the Common Core Standards while challenging their students to think critically about the world.