5 S.TE.M gifts for coders, makers and computational thinkers

With only a few weeks until Christmas many parents may not realise they have a budding Henry Ford in the making who just needs a spark to light a fire to ignite ingenuity and creativity.

Today, we are going look at five gifts that offer your kids to problem solve, code, identify patterns and create algorithms to solve programs.  Whilst I am writing about these at Christmas they would obviously also be great STEM resources for the classroom.

I had one of these Electronic Kits as a boy and I learnt so much about how electronic circuits work and what different components can do.  So much to do here for under $50.00 and they are very durable.  Whilst there are clear instructions to follow it also offers much in the way of problem solving and algorithmic design.

Laser maze encourages kids to think and act sequentially to solve and avoid problems.  Plenty of logic required to compete and it even uses real lasers.  

Okay, I know this one is a pricey option but it clearly ticks every box for quality of product, educational value and awesome fun.  Build an incredible robot using the worlds most proven and versatile toy.  Command your robot by either coding the inbuilt computer which is incredibly versatile or just use the remote control.   Then when you are finished use your imagination to create a robot or machine only limited by your imagination.  These sets are hugely popular in schools and are already highly credentialed for educational value alone.

Camelot Jr.
$26.40

Basic building blocks are great, but this wooden-block puzzle game helps build even more skills for your budding engineer or architect. It includes 48 interesting challenges at four different skill levels, all with the goal of connecting the prince and princess by building stairs, bridges, and towers according to the "blueprint" laid out in the challenge book.

No, it isn't Wall-E or an expensive super LEGO robot but ReCon is a great little programming rover that uses all the common commands and of real coders.  Easy to pick up, very versatile and won't break the bank.

So there are five options to consider in this space.  If you have any other suggestions please leave us a comment.

Last minute gift ideas for teachers

Well for the first and last time for 2011 I am going to actually promote some last minute gifts for Teachers.  The great news is that because they are all digital resources you can download them and gift them in minutes without leaving your computer.

 

The New Teachers Kit:  Work Smart not Hard

Newly Qualified Teachers save Hours with this printable, editable kit for first time educators! Signs, displays, rosters, labels, charts, advice from a teacher who did it the hard way. Click here to check it out

eTeach:  A Teacher Resource

A Teacher Resource For Learning The Strategies Of Master Teachers.  Click here to see it.

Teacher Interview Tips

Teaching jobs can be extremely difficult to secure. Discover the Insider Secrets to Acing your Next Teacher Interview!  Click here to See it.

Helping Teachers Grow

A leading provider of online training for teachers, including classroom management, teaching diverse learners, and incorporating technology into the classroom.  Click here to see it.

Speeches for Teachers and Principals

31 inspiring speeches for students and staff . Fantastic time saver.  Click here to see it