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Anybody I speak to lately has probably been bored to tears listening to me wax lyrical about STEM. With my involvement in the Peterborough STEM Festival and now more recently becoming a BritMums STEM Round-up editor, it is literally all I live and breathe. More recently, I’ve become affiliated with a range of new Monthly Subscription Boxes – in particular, the new STEM subscription box from Weekend Box Club – Much to Dexter’s delight.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is a way of teaching that fuses the 4 subjects together. STEM encourages curiosity and critical thinking and is fast becoming a more popular way of encouraging children to do their own research and learn to solve problems.
The new STEM box from the weekend box club (part of Uopen) brings 3 STEM experiments straight to your door for your child to enjoy and learn from.
What’s in the box?
The box is flat enough to arrive through a standard letterbox and can be personalised to come addressed to the child its aimed for. Dexter loves opening his own post so having his name on it is an extra bonus.
Each box has a perforated strip to pull off, making it easy for little hands to open. With no plastic windows or anything, it’s recyclable too – After you’ve done the activity on it that is.
Each box contains the bits you need for three experiments. Obviously if you need a cup or some water, you will need to provide that yourself but the essential bits are all there and measured out.
What did we think?
Well, I was just saying to Dexter’s teacher this morning that if it involves reading, he’s not interested but give him a science experiment or some sort of maths problem and he’s all over it. The first experiment we did was making crystals. You can see the video below to give you an idea of whats involved but essentially you follow the clear instructions in the booklet and away you go.
We spoke about what was happening in the experiment and it gave us a great chance to use more scientific vocabulary so we used worked like solution, process and crystallisation.
Dexter was so proud of the crystals that he’d made, he took them in to his class to show his friends!
The other two experiments in this particular box were based on exploring different rock types and how stalactites form. There is a particular bridge not far from where we live that has many stalactites hanging from it, so yet again the learning opportunity that we have gained from the STEM box has been extended into our normal day to day lives. Dexter is able to tell us how these stalactites on the bridge have formed and now points them out each time we walk under the bridge.
The STEM subscription box from the weekend box club is fantastic for exploring science, technology, engineering and maths. It promotes quality time with your children and there are boxes for any interest. – Just check out the amazing Subscription Box Marketplace
The STEM box, in particular, is perfect for teaching processes and problem solving and using investigative language. It is a boost to any child natural curiosity and even if you don’t have time to dive straight into the main activities, there are small puzzles and things to do in the booklet that your child can do, even without supervision. I can’t wait to get our new box in the post and I know Dexter is dying to know what will be next!
EDITED TO ADD – Unfortunately, the company is no longer in business, but uOpen has a number of kids science boxes available including :
Letterbox Labs which may be of interest.