Last Updated on December 27, 2021 by Danielle
In high school, just about everybody needs a graphic calculator for math class for anything above basic arithmetic. There is a reason that the TI-84 PLUS CE is one of the most popular graphic calculators of all time. You can do everything from graph equations to store functions. It now comes in different colors and features a color screen and rechargeable battery. It’s a onetime investment that will last him throughout high school and is even permitted on the SAT.
This amazing set includes the Raspberry Pi 4 (Model B) Basic Starter 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.
Looking for a great case for your Raspberry Pi 4B? Made from quality aluminum, the Flirc Raspberry Pi 4 Case is thermally designed for the Pi 4. It offers efficient cooling, operates quitely, and allows access to all main connectors. The heat sink is built-in, so you don’t have to worry about it overheating.
For the 13 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 13 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.
DJI’s Robomaster S1 is an educational robot for kids that you build, program, and battle other robots with. Overall, it feels solid and well-built. It’d definitely not a kids’ toy. Although you can use virtual sticks in the app to control the robot like an RC vehicle, the separately sold Gamepad offers more precise controls. It is capable of recording 1080p video and shooting water beads through a turret. The coolest part? Kids can learn to program the robot in Scratch or Python. There are near limitless programming possibilities, making it a great value. While it won’t come cheap, the Robomaster S1 is an excellent introduction to the world of programming and robotics.
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.
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.
Just about everybody should learn to solder if they want to get into the world of electronics. This kit not only comes with everything you need to learn how to solder, but it also comes with instructions to walk you through the whole process. It comes with a soldering iron, stand, and set of wire cutters. Every beginning electrician needs this kit.
Here’s a great kit to get started in the world of electronics. This complete hands-on kit from Elenco comes with everything you need to learn how to solder and understand basic electronics. This set doesn’t include solder, a soldering iron, and wire cutters, so you’ll need that. Also, you’ll need a 9V battery to test your circuit. You will learn how to solder and even build a two-tone European siren. Providing hands-on experience with a multivibrator circuit, it makes a great gift for budding electronics engineers. It’s always satisfying to learn a new skill.
How would you like to make your own FM radio? Anyone into electronics needs this kit. This is an advanced soldering kit on FM radios. Before you move onto this set, you need to know how to solder. Practice with the learn to solder kit and this set is very doable with the easy to follow directions.
With Makey Makey anybody can become an inventor. This little board allows 13 year old boys to use ordinary objects as a replacement for a keyboard and mouse. Imagine playing a video game with bananas and apples.
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, teens can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. Blocky is a great introduction to programming. The best part? Teens will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning. We love that there are limitless possibilities as to what you can do.
Who wouldn’t want to launch a rocket in their backyard? This is a toy that doesn’t disappoint. It blasts 2 liter Soda bottles sky high up to 100 feet into the air with nothing more than a bottle, a little water, and a bike pump. Simply load the bottle up with a little water, pump the rocket, and pull the string. 3 … 2 … 1. Blast off!
The Ecosphere is an amazing little hassle free aquarium. It comes with live red shrimp, plants, and algae inside. The coolest part? You never have to feed them or change the water. The Ecosphere is designed to simulate life on Earth with a self supporting life cycle. Simply place it in an area with indirect light and it’s designed to last between 2 to 3 years, though it can maintain life even longer if you are lucky.
Snap Circuits Light introduces light up orbs and bulbs to the electronic snap circuits. With 81 pages in the instructions, kids can create over 175 different projects. One of the projects allows the circuits to light up with the beat of the music from an mp3 player.
Snap Circuits are great for teaching thirteen year old boys how electronics work. There are no tiny wires to mess around with which makes it less intimidating. All of the components including the resistors and capacitors can be snapped together on a plastic board to connect them to make electrical circuits.
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.
With a hands-on approach, this book is a necessity for anyone who wants to get into electronics. All the concepts are explained through hands on experiments instead of just theory. It’s a wonderful approach to studying about the basics of electronics.
Does he want to create his own website or learn how to make his own app? Check out Treehouse. For $25 dollars a month, it offers a variety of video learning courses for beginners to learn programming. It has never been easier to learn how to code.
Every wish you could get a closer look at the Moon. With Moon In My Room, you can get that closer look with soft moonlight and authentic details. There are 12 different light-up lunar settings. It comes with a remote control and science learning poster to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.
Boasting over 400 pieces, GraviTrax PRO Giant set is the perfect activity for family fun and STEM learning. Instructions are provided for 7 track layouts, but there are limitless creative possibiities. Complete tricks and stunts in a race to the finish. We love the open-ended design and endless creative potential. This PRO version lets you build higher and faster marble runs with pillars, walls, and balconies.
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.
Teen boys interested in chemistry will love this large set from Thames & Kosmos. It comes with an excellent manual with detailed pictures and diagrams containing many fun experiments.
The Swift SW350T is a great research-grade microscope that’s a perfect gift for your budding scientist. It’s pretty inclusive – including everything you need to start up. However, you don’t get any prepared slides and slide covers. The scope has magnification from 40x to 2500x to see detail down to the cellular level. It’s easy to use and will provide hours of fun for the serious hobbyist.
This simple tabletop telescope will encourage your teen to explore the world out there as he gets lost in the stars and constellations. It is powerful enough to see the craters on our moon and get a glimpse of Jupiter and its moons. The coolest part? Because it sits on the table, you can set it up anywhere.
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!