STEM Gifts for Your STEM Loving Girl!

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STEM and Girls…What to get yours for the holidays!

Thank you so much to the most amazing STEM Education Director and Friend of Moms of Tweens and Teens, Danielle Maldonado. For More great STEM projects go visit her site Stemrox!
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It’s a mad dash and you’re scrambling for the right gift.  What’s her favorite color, that store she mentioned, or the series she was watching on YouTube, or Netflix, or what was it? Forget all that! Let’s stop throwing away hard-earned money on holiday gifts that will become forgotten, used or thrown away before the New Year resolutions have been!

Time to buy meaningful gifts for our STEM-loving girls!

Yes, they are out there, and maybe you don’t even realize it! It could be as simple as a book to teach them to code, or a computer they can code themselves! But from one end of that spectrum to the other, there is so much in between!

Here are our kid-vetted, STEM teacher-approved, holiday, birthday, and just about any day gift list for your STEM-girl!

Ultimate Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi 4

  • 4 programing languages -> C, Python (compatible with 2&3), Java and Scratch.
  • 561-page detailed tutorials (including basic electronics knowledge) -> The download link can be found on the product box. (No paper tutorial.)
  • 223 items for 72 interesting projects -> Each project has a circuit diagram and tested code with detailed explanation.
  • Compatible models -> Raspberry Pi 400 / 4B / 3B+ / 3B / 3A+ / 2B / 1B+ / 1A+ / Zero W / Zero. (NOT contained in this kit)
  • Get support -> Our technical support team is always ready to answer your questions.

littleBits Base Inventor Kit

Little Bits has found a way to keep kids coding and engineering with their project-based electronic kit that connects coding, circuits and her world! The base inventor kit directs kids to build and customize a voice-activated robotic gripper arm, then transform it into new creative inventions that improve their room, help their community, or save the world.

The Cue Coding Robot with Sketch Kit Bundle

With all the robots out there for the little ones, it’s nice to see one that finally can begin to challenge our tweens. The Cue is geared to kids 11+, does it mean it will be too easy or too hard? The challenge will be up to her! If she is skilled in block coding, like what they do with Scratch, then she can skip that and go to the next level and use the text-based coding platform they offer of Java-script!
How stinkin’ cool is this?! Wearable electronics! What does this mean, you ask? Well, this combines thread that conducts electricity, with the circuitry that your girl connected/coded for with her Arduino! How cool is that?! The starter kit includes four basic projects with the lights and the switches (sorry, not the Arduino too..that’s separate) But you can buy add-ons for projects and more thread. This one is a treat for sure!

A Raspberry Pi Kit is the perfect choice for that gal who wants to learn to code and get started NOW! It’s a great option that requires a USB cord, an HDMI cord, CAT5/6 (if you want internet)- you can also connect via wi-fi, and of course a monitor, keyboard and mouse…so it’s kinda like just add water and insta-computer. Yes, that’s really it. The whole computer is smaller than a 3×5 index card, no joke! It is pre-programmed with old-school games run on python, but has a platform for coding build in and ready for your STEM-crazy girl ready to take over the world and code away!  Ok, and let me tell you when you add the kit, it can do stuff like water your plants, send you a text to say it did and tell you when it needs more!The Kit option adds in all the LED lights, cords and other “fun doo-dads” that make it more than just a programmable computer. It turns it into an action machine that can control objects outside of itself. And, because most of the stuff is so tiny, the kits themselves are super duper cheap!

Arduino+ Starter Kit

The Arduino Starter Kit gives you the Arduino Uno mounted so that you have easy access to connect your projects.  The great part as well is no soldering is required! You get a servo, dc motor, LCD display, LEDs, and lots of LEDs and resistors. It really is dummy-proof! BUT, this is for gals not afraid to think and tinker.

So, what’s the difference between the Arduino and Raspberry Pi?

Great question! One is really like a simple processor that can only do a single task over and over (Arduino). The other (Raspberry Pi) is a complex computer that can run multiple tasks.

They both come with Add-on kits that make them more than just a “bread-board” or “Mother-board” and make them super fun, interactive, and amazingly practical with endless possibilities!

And when all else fails, head to your local bookstore to buy them a book that teaches them how to code Python or Javascript, or maybe build on their new Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

Click on the book to head over to Amazon and get it by Christmas!

And remember, straight from a teacher,

if you get them something from this list,

You won’t go wrong!

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