S.T.E.M Holiday Gift Guide for Tween Girls

Be sure to bookmark this page as I’ll be updating my favorite 2018 S.T.E.M. toys, games and books for girls through Black Friday!

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In 4th grade, most girls say they like science. But by the 8th grade, the numbers drop dramatically as girls lose interest and confidence in science. This trend continues beyond school. Although women make up half of the total workforce, they make up only a quarter of the jobs in science and technology fields.

Companies recognize this and are beginning to change that trend, making science exciting, interesting and engaging for young children. These S.T.E.M. centered holiday gift ideas for tween girls

S.T.E.M. Science Kits and Books That Take Girls Seriously

Yellow Scope’s mission is to hook girls on STEM with science kits that take them seriously. Yellow Scope science kits are chock full of real science equipment and lab supplies. The dozens of exciting, colorful, and fun experiments will keep them coming back to the lab bench again and again!

Priced at just under $25, each kit has over 19 activities to keep kids engaged and occupied!

Yellow Scope Acids and Bases 

Unboxing the Yellow Scope Chromatography Science Kit


Geomagworld Panels 68 Piece Kit

Geomagworld is the leader in magnetic toys across Europe, and now their favorites are available to children in the US!

These Swiss-made products help children of all ages develop and train their minds, imagination and curiosity through the science of magnetic construction.

All Geomagworld products are based on the free building philosophy which encourages creativity and promotes freedom play to increase fine motor skills, and they are great for STEM learning. The line offers age-appropriate sets, including Magicube (18 months+), Geomag Classic (3 years +), KOR (5 years +), Geomag Mechanics (5 years +) and Pro-L (8 years +)



The Goldiblox and the Builders Survival set combines a construction kit with a storybook featuring the world’s first girl engineer character, Goldieblox. Young innovators can dive into her Diary of Inventions and build cool things like a doghouse, a derby car, a drumset and more. More inspiration can be found in the hundreds of online videos that show just how creative you can get with these toys. Anything they can imagine, they can build.

This set comes with more than 190 pieces, including stickers, building pieces and three character figurines. It’s designed for kids ages 7 and up, and while a girl (Goldie) plays the starring role, boys will love this kit too. It helps build a variety of STEM skills as it encourages problem solving, creative thinking and spatial skills. Not to mention the fact that it’s a lot of fun.

The troubling lack of women and people of color in STEM is big problem, and it begins in childhood.
• Girls start doubting their STEM intelligence by age six.
• Women make up only 25% of the STEM workforce.
• Black men and black women only make up to 3% and 2% of scientists, respectively.
So Komal Singh and fellow female Google engineers decided to volunteer their spare time to do something about it.
The Wrote Ara the Star Engineer, a first-of-its-kind picture book designed to inspire girls and children of color to explore STEM.
All profits from the book sales will be donated to charities encouraging girls’ and underrepresented groups’ participation in STEM fields.
Rox’s Secret Code is a coding adventure about a brilliant inventor and her runaway robot. This book aims to inspire the next generation of female leaders in STEM!
From Rox’s Secret Code by Mara Lecocq and Nathan Archambault with illustrations by Jessika von Innerebner, published by POW! Kids Books.
Rox is happy to spend the whole day on her laptop inventing awesome robots, but her dad wants her to clean up! When the Chorebot she designs gets a mind of its own and tries to organize the whole city, Rox and her neighbor Amar race to recode Chorebot in time to save the day. 
Read the story, get the app, code your robot!
After you’ve read Rox’s story, look to the last page for instructions on how to download the free Secret Code app, designed by the coding geniuses at Electric Factory. Install it on your smartphone and unlock a coding game that allows readers to design their own augmented reality robot and see it come to life on the front cover of the book! 
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