This amazing set includes the Raspberry Pi 4 B Basic Kit. It’s a fascinating kit for learning about computers and even coding. It’s really fun to tinker with it. Who would think you could pack so much power into a credit card sized chip? Now it’s 3x more powerful than its predecessor and everything has been overhauled from the CPU and memory to the multimedia, display output (dual 4K), and more. Simply amazing! It’s a super powerful mini PC. The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.
For the 12 year old boy who dreams of making his own electronics one day, the Arduino Starter Kit is the best way to get started. You get a ton of electrical components along with Arduino Uno R3 board. The best part? It comes with a PDF tutorial with diagrams and explanations that walks you through 22 lessons. Anybody 12 and up will have no problem creating their own projects.
This 949-piece LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit lets you build 5 different robot models from a 4-legged walker to a bipedal wheeled robot that gives high-fives. What’s cool? You can program your robots to perform tricks — grabbing items, firing projectiles, avoiding obstacles, and playing various sports with a ball. The kit includes an Intelligent Hub block, 4 medium-angular motors, a color and light sensor, and a distance sensor. You can even create your own robots and combine it with your Lego Technic and System pieces. The app supports Scratch and Python programming languages, which allows for open-ended creativity. It’s a fantastic kit for those interested in tinkering with robotics and programming.
A new form of toys-to-life games, Shifu Tacto transforms any tablet into a gaming platform. It’s a multiplayer, AR gamepad that cradles an iOS or Android tablet and uses the tablet to generate content. Positioning a physical figurine on the screen controls and interacts with the game. With Snakes & Ladders, players move the pieces along a moving digital version of the game board. Laser has players positioning mirrors to reflect their laser beam to destroy incoming asteroids. Elements, a STEM game, teaches kids element structures of different chemicals. Quest, a similified RPG, is the most interesting: Players navigate an open world and 10 character figurines grant special powers. Add-on kits with other AR experiences are also available, with more planned for release. While they’re playing and having fun, kids are mastering concepts of chemistry and physics and developing analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Always race to those candy claw machines at the arcades? Now you can build your own arcade-like claw machine with no electricity or batteries. The best part? After you build it, it really works! Adjust the claw and score some sweet treats! Kids will learn about hydraulics, levers, gears, belts, linkages, end effectors and more — all while having fun. Aspiring engineers will even learn how it all works.
Kids can engage in learning that’s fun with the Butterfly Garden Home School Edition. This STEM kit lets you watch caterpillars change into butterflies! Over the course of 3 weeks, parents and kids can actually see their caterpillars transform into butterflies. It’s an engaging and fun way to learn through play.
Wish you could make your own videogames? With the Pixicade Mobile Game Maker, now you can bring your fantasies to reality. You can actually create and play your own video games! It transforms your drawings into real, playable video games. How cool?! It’s simple: draw out your game, take a photo, and play and share with friends. You can even set a goal for your game. Kids will be amazing seeing their creations come to life on a tablet or phone. The best part? It’s fun for the whole family and makes family game night more lively.
Inspire your child’s imagination with the Circuit Explorer Deluxe Base Station STEM kit. Build a Deluxe Base Station with Towers, Spinning Diner Sign, Planetarium with color-changing dome light, Voice Synthesizer Station with 10 space sounds, Communication Station with rotating Radar Dish, a Powered Space Rover and a freewheeling Space Rover both with light-up headlights. Connect the vehicle’s circuits to see the pieces light up. Kids will learn the fundamentals of circuitry, while having fun by experimenting with light, motion, and sound.
With 133-pieces, kids can build 3 self-powered robots: a motorized robot, racecar, and countdown timer. After building them, wind them up and watch ’em go! The best part? No batteries are required. Winding the spiral spring powers the gear train to bring your robots to life. Kids will learn about gears and how they translate into motion while building cool wind-up robots. It’s a fun STEM kit to learn about kinetic and potential energy.
The Raspberry Pi family expands with the Raspberry Pi 400, a personal computer built into a keyboard. It brings back fond memories of the Commodore 64. If you’re looking for a full desktop replacement, note there are performance, RAM (4GB), and storage limitations. It’s perfect for light web browsing, email, social media, coding, watching YouTube, creating documents, and simple gaming. It’s a great first personal computer for young tech learners.
This arcade building sets features 30 snap modules to complete over 200 projects! With a programmable word fan, dual LED display, and a pre-programmed picaxe micro-controller, explore virtually endless possibilities. Budding engineers will have fun while learning the basics of electricity, engineering, and circuitry.
Let’s get VERTICAL! Build your own thrilling, action-packed marble runs with GraviTrax Pro Vertical Starter Set. With 153-pieces — including height tile towers, balconies, walls and high-speed tracks — literally take your tracks to new heights! It’s a super fun way to experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics.
The Smartivity Music Machine is a STEM toy that actually lets kids build their own working mechanical xylophone. After building it, you can actually use it to play music. How cool?! Kids will learn the mechanics behind music creation, learn how different notes form tunes, and the open-ended nature even lets kids compose their own music by moving the pegs on the different slots on the barrel and cranking it.
With over 125 STEM-based projects and over 45 parts, budding engineers can explore alternative ‘green’ energy. Build an array of electrical circuits employing green energy sources. Parts include a geared motor, snap wires, rechargeable battery, liquid holder, wind fan, solar cell, capacitor, and instructions. The best part? It’s easy to assemble without any glue or tools. Simply snap them together. Aspiring engineers will have fun through hands-on learning of alternative energy.
Snap Circuits Discover Coding teaches kids to learn to code with easy graphical coding! Control Snap Circuits projects with your smartphone or tablet! Advanced coders can program their own patterns of lights, sounds, and moving parts using BLOCKY. Kids will learn electrical and coding concepts with fun coding challenges. The complete set includes more than 30 Snap Circuit parts, which include the new Bluetooth-powered SC Controller.
Teach your kids electronics and coding with Nibble DIY Game Console. This STEM kit lets kids build their own working handheld game console. It comes preloaded with 4 games: Bonk (Pong), Invaderz (Space Invaders), Snake and SpaceRocks. You can even program your own games in Arduino, CircuitBlocks, or Python. The best part? No coding or electronics experience is required. Build your console in as little as 2 hours. Kids will be having so much fun that they won’t even know they’re learning.
Wish you could have snow any time of the year? With the Snow Much Fun! Mega Frozen Science Lab now you can make your own snow — creating snowmen, igloos, 3 snowball sizes, oozing slush, rainbow-colored snowcones, and more. Watch in amazement as the water-absorbing polymers transform into frozen creations. Let the snow fun begin! It’s a fantastic STEM kit that makes learning science fun!
Bill Nye’s VR Space Lab, an interactive space STEM kit, engages kids with learning activities that leverage the latest cutting-edge technologies, including AR and VR. Virtual Bill Nye guides kids through over 40 interactive lessons. Learning science can be COOL!
Defy the laws of gravity with the Gravity Bug! Build a Gravity Bug that climbs smooth surfaces. The Gravity Bug defies gravity as it climbs, crawls, and moves around windows and other surfaces. As they build the 78-piece microbot, kids will learn about gears, the robot’s inner mechanisms, air pressure, and suction.
Budding electrical engineers and even non-techies will enjoy learning about the importance of electricity with Snap Circuits My Home. Kids will learn with real, working 3D circuits by building a house-like structure with 7 color base grids. They’ll learn about power in their homes, how it works, and how it travels and powers their home. We love how this teaches through hands-on learning with real working circuits.
Teens can build their very own mini catapult with the VEX Mini Catapult set. What’s cool? It actually launches things a good distance away with an adjustable arm. It’s great for experimenting with real-world physics like trajectory motion.
Stemming from a Kickstarter project and endorsed by Steve Wozniak, the Piper Computer Kit is a fantastic STEM kit. The kit includes everything you eight year old needs to build their own computer. Kids will be able to learn how it works and tinker around. The computer runs on Raspberry Pi 3 and is enclosed in a sturdy wooden case with an embedded LCD screen. What’s cool? There is even a special edition of Minecraft that kids can play. It’s all about crafting, coding, and creating. Version 2 features a build-it-yourself speaker and amplifier, 9″ higher-resolution display, and more coding challenges than ever. It’s a fantastic tool to inspire tomorrow’s creators.
Winner of a number of prestigious awards, Electronic Snap Circuits lets your aspiring engineer dabble in the fascinating world of engineering and electronics with more than 700 hands-on, fun projects. Snap the parts together to create your circuit. Some of our favorites include the motion detection light project as well as the flying saucer project. Fantastic educational value and nurtures a real love for electronics.
Snap Circuits Light is a fantastic set generating oohs and ahhs with more than 175 unique projects. Snap the circuits together to make the lights illuminate. The coolest part is you can sync your favorite music to the lights to create a cool light show. The best part? These experiments are really fun to do! Sure to provide endless hours of fun.
Snap Circuits Arcade is a cool set that allows your boys to build 200 fun projects. He’ll have a ton of fun creating over twenty playable games. Boys will gain a better appreciation for the world of electronics and engineering. The coolest part? He can venture into creating his own projects once he masters the fundamentals.
This Water Rocket Kit is one of our favorite STEM kits. Boys can make their own launching rocket with the plastic bottle, water, and their own pump. He’ll be amazed when it actually takes off 100 feet into the air. Cool kit exposing boys to the fundamentals of rocketry and space flight!
A shape shifting toy? Using the power of magnets, this shape shifting toy was invented by Andreas Hoenigschmid, a sand artist. This might look like a boring 3-inch box but it can be folded and shaped into 70 geometric shapes. Simply twist and turn and it magically transforms into a new shape. You can even combine more than one of them together.
Sphero SPRK+ is a programmable robot that teaches through coding and play. It’s offers a great introduction to coding. It offers programmable sensors like a gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, and colorful LED lights. Kids can learn to program in blocky, which is easy for kids to quickly pick up. It connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Kids will have fun while developing creativity and problem-solving skills. The best part? Sphero has found a way to make learning fun and exciting. It’s perfect for those who love tinkering and fantastic for inspiring the creators of tomorrow.
In this second edition of CHEM C3000, 12 year olds can run over 300 amazing chemistry experiments. This hands-on set includes many of the tools and chemicals you need but you’ll still need to get some stuff. He’ll even be exposed to chemical equations, atomic structures, and the periodic table. The instructions are pretty straightforward to follow.
This aquatic ecosystem enclosed in a glass sphere is a great introduction to the fascinating world of science and ecosystems. This small sphere houses between three to four marine shrimp, algae and microorganisms. Just place in a lighted area in room temperature and watch the magic of science unfold before your eyes.
This microscope makes a great gift for budding scientists. This is not a toy microscope. With a 10X eyepiece and 4 different lenses, it’s something that you would find in a high school classroom. This one is powerful enough to even see cells up close. Just sticking stuff under the lenses opens up a whole new world in science that most kids don’t even know exists.
Have you ever wonder what is out there? 12 year olds will love exploring what is up in space with this telescope on a sturdy stand. It’s fun just looking up at objects in the sky. With it kids can see Mercury, Mars, and even the moon. For budding astronomers, the entire universe will light up.
Makey Makey is an innovative STEM kit that makes learning about circuits, user interface design, and physical computing fun. Boys will love how much creative potential this kit offers. Whether he makes a musical instrument, game controller, or a new and inventive design – it’s just bursting full of creativity and he’s only limited by his imagination.
This Rule Your Room Kit from littleBits empowers the next generation of inventors. The company has been awarded with more than 150 awards for its contributions to the world of STEM. With the included pieces, there are quite many possibilities to unleash your inner creativity. Boys will have endless fun experimenting with different designs and creating booby traps for their siblings.
Wouldn’t it be cool to create your own wireless speaker? Here’s a fascinating hands-on set that will teach him how to design his own wireless speaker. The coolest part? It’s a real working speaker that sounds great! Are you ready to build your own speaker?
Do you want to learn to solder? This kit from Elenco has everything you need to get started including the soder and soldering iron. The instruction manual is laid out like a course with instructions and even little quizzes to test your knowledge. If your 12 year old is serious about electronics, this kit is a must have.
This quirky, cool, and inexpensive robot is a great way to introduce 12 year olds to the basics of programming. Kids program the robot by using a simple drag and drop commands to create an instruction set for the robot to follow.
Love playing with snow? You don’t need to wait for winter snow to play with snow with Insta-Snow Powder. How does it work? Simply add water and watch the magic take place right before your very eyes. The coolest part? It looks just like real snow and makes 2 gallons.
Want to make a touchscreen computer? The Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids make their own tablet. What’s cool is that you can build it yourself with the included step-by-step guide. There are over 100 creative challenges and you’ll even learn to code. You can make art, games, music, and even hack Minecraft. It’s the perfect gift for budding techies.
Experience endless creative fun and possibilites with Sphero Bolt. It’s a next-generation app-enabled robotic ball. Featuring advanced sensors, an LED matrix, and infrared communication, kids can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. The best part? Kids will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning.
Want a fun new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? The upcoming Labo Vehicle Kit will allow kids to build their own Toy-Con Car steering wheel and control their kart of choice in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The included pedal can be used for drifting and revving up your engine at the beginning of races to get a boost start. Honking the horn will allow players to throw an item. If that wasn’t enough fun, you can also build a Toy-Con submarine and plane.
The Labo Variety Kit allows kids to create 5 creative projects from an RC car, fishing rod, working piano and more. It encourages kids to make, play, and discover. The coolest part? Once you master how it works, you can explore creating your own Labo projects. The Labo kit requires a Nintendo Switch console.
The Labo Robot Kit allows kids to get creative and make their very own Toy-Con robot suit. What’s cool? After building it, you can wear it and play as the robot in the game. You can demolish anything in your path and tackle various challenges to gain new abilities. Creators can explore new ways to play with their robot and even create their own projects.
Want your kids to learn coding in a fun, magical way? The Harry Potter Coding Kit from Kano lets kids build a wand, learn to code, and make magic! There are over 70 creative challenges for kids to engage with. Make feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. What’s cool? Wave your coding wand to see the magical effects on-screen. Play on tablets and computers. Who’s ready for fun?
Experience the power of gravity with GraviTrax. It takes your marble run experience to a whole new level. What’s cool? You can build your own tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism and kinetics. With an optional app, you can test your runs in a digital AR world. It’s endless fun with limitless track building possibilities.
Snap Circuits Bric: Structures is a culmination of what kids have been asking for for a long time. It takes ordinary bricks and you can mount your Snap Circuits onto them. The Bric-2-Snap adapters enable you to connect your Snap Circuits to the bricks so you can light up any structure you build. You can make your structure light up with a circuit or you can build something that moves like a racecar with ordinary bricks and a Snap Circuits photo transistor and watch it go by adding a light source. The set comes with 140 regular building bricks, 20 Snap Circuit pieces, and 75 Bric to Snap adapters.
Are you ready to create your own BattleBots?! Everybody’s been asking for it, and now you can finally build your own BattleBot. When you buy the kit, it comes with a basic chassis with armor and weapon attachment points. So choose your armor blades, choose your wheels, and choose from 1 of 3 weapons to attach on the top. Every weapon will be able to spin and move like its real-life counterpart.
Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?
Bet your Nerf gun can’t do this! Unlike traditional Nerf blasters, kids can have fun learning engineering skills with the VEX Robotics Gatling Rapid Fire Motorized Dart Shooter. Not only can you build it, but you can actually blast away. How cool is that?! Assemble it with over 800 pieces and watch in amazement as you see your Gatling blaster come to life. The barrel actually rotates and it fires 8 rubber-tipped darts.
Lego Mindstorms Ev 3 is amazing. It lets kids create and program their own robots. When you first open the box, it can be overwhelming but the step by step instructions make it easy for any 12 year old to follow along. In the box, it comes with instructions to build the track3r, but there are 5 other robots to build.
Designed for children and their families, Nintendo’s innovative Labo series expands with a new basic ‘virtual reality’ technology kit. This unique experience encourages both virtual and physical interactions among players by passing around their Toy-Con creations. Unlike traditional VR, it’s not designed to be a solo experience so there is no headstrap — you simply hold it to your head and pass it around to family members. With a design inspired by Google Cardboard, this complete combo VR Kit lets kids build their own VR headset and includes a VR headset, blaster, camera, bird, elephant, and wind pedal. Explore over 60 fun mini games in the VR Plaza that amplify the experience. Create 3D artwork with an elephant’s trunk, play a virtual drum kit, fly like a bird through a beautiful landscape, play bomb tennis, blast through an alien city, shoot photos of marine life as you explore an underwater world and so much more! The best part? The Toy-Con VR Garage now enables kids to make their own VR games! What will you create? A starter set will feature just the VR headset and blaster, and expansion packs will be sold separately. Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild will support the VR Kits. Now if only we could get a Dunk Hunt VR game.
Gyrobot is a STEM experiment kit from Thames & Kosmos that allows kids to experience an amazing tightrope-walk. You’ll be mesmerized as it stays balanced on a tightrope with a spinning gyroscope. You’ll learn the science of gyroscopes while having a blast.
Doodlematic is an innovative mobile game maker that lets you transform your drawings into video games. It’s as simple as draw your game, snap its picture, and play your game on your phone or tablet. It merges the digital and physical worlds. You can make simple or more sophisticated games. You’re only limited by your imagination. DoodleMatic lets kids create and customize their own memorable magical worlds. What amazing worlds will you create?
ThinkFun’s Circuit Maze is an electric current logic game. It features 60 challenges ranging from beginner to advanced. Complete the circuit to light the beacons to win. Through this fun game, kids learn how circuits and electrical currents work, while developing logical reasoning and planning skills. Can you master all 60 challenges?
The 3Doodler Start Essentials set allows kids to doodle anything they can imagine in 3D from robots to the Golden Gate Bridge and more. You’re only limited by your imagination and, of course, the drawing material! It’s safe and easy — delivering endless fun! There are no hot parts, making it safe for kids. It’s perfect for STEM learning — sparking their imagination and creativity. What amazing 3D masterpieces will you dream up?
With 5 sturdy bases, 15 exciting action pieces, and 45 clear smooth-run track pieces, you can build a variety of marble runs with this 80-piece kit. Then the thrills begin — race the marbles down the track. What’s cool? The glass marbles glow-in-the-dark! It’s a fun STEM kit teaching kids the physics of motion and aerodynamics. It’s sturdily constructed with good quality but most of all it’s fun!
Does your kid dream of making their very own computer? The Kano PC kit is one of the most popular STEM kits for kids enabling them to build a Surface-like Windows-based PC/tablet convertible with an 11.6-inch, 720P touchscreen display. The best part? Kano designed it so that anyone can build it by following the instructions, without any technical expertise. It offers simple LEGO-like assembly with pre-installed educational software and Windows 10 Home. It’s worth noting that it’s not a full PC build — the processor and RAM are pre-installed. Still, it’s well-designed and delivers an enjoyable building experience. We highly recommend Kano’s official mouse, as the trackpad is a bit small and finicky. Also, it doesn’t include a webcam — it’s sold separately. Another shortcoming is that the viewing angle can’t be changed like the Surface. Once you build your computer, you can surf the web, explore YouTube, create art, and even learn the basics of programming. Its battery life comes in at up to 9 hours. While it’s not perfect — designed for learning and creation, the Kano PC is perfect for inspiring the creators of tomorrow.