Guys, I’m a sucker for a kit. Any ol’ kit will do. Making cheese kit? Yes. Hot cocoa kit? Checkity-Check. There is just something magical about a bunch of little thangs, pre-conceived and placed into a little bag (or box) and ready for me to get my create-on .
I don’t know if it’s the “minimal prep” part, or the “not having to think about it” part…or maybe it’s just because there is a total theme of stuff organized neatly in a cute lil’ compartment (OMG, I love organizing things in bags or bins). I just love them. And, I’m never ever going to stop.
We got to try a new kit this week and it was a blast. If you’re looking for STEAM projects for your kids and would like them to arrive pre-conceived and prepared in an adorable little kit, follow along! I mean, we built a robot out of a cup. It’s pretty awesome.
This product was received for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
KitHub provides ready-to-go Environmental Monitoring and STEAM Education kits for kids and adults to dive into hands-on, project-based learning. Kits start at $15 bucks and go up from there. [otw_shortcode_button href=”http://www.pntra.com/t/SENITEtNR0lDR0hMS01LQ0dKTU1IRw” size=”tiny” icon_position=”left” shape=”radius” color_class=”otw-pink” target=”_blank”] Get the kits [/otw_shortcode_button] Bonus! Enter FREESHIP at checkout to get free US shipping!
- Perfect for kids in grades K-8!
- Kits are co-designed by engineers & educators!
- Founded by two awesome women: Tara Tiger Brown (a technologist and co-founder of LA Makerspace) and Luz Rivas (electrical engineer and founder of DIY Girls)
We are constantly trying to find ways to get our little to explore new things – and, this kit was right up our alley: My hubby is a scientist and total maker at heart, our sweet pea loves building things (and robots!) and, I like kits. Need I say more?
This adorble little box came with everything we needed to create our STEAM project (and, I’m about to get technical here, so if this is as over your head as it is mine, feel free to skip a couple paragraphs):
Robot Ingredients: 1 DC hobby motor with alligator clip leads 1.5V-3V, 1 roll of tape, 1 AA battery, 1 AA battery holder, 1 12 oz. container, Googly eyes, 2 Pipe cleaners and of course, the instructions
Kithub has an awesome vision about the world: “…where everyone is capable and interested in solving real-world problems using science and technology.” I love this vision and totally want my daughter to be a part of that world.
Although we did most of the work (and, by “we”, I mean I took pics and basically stared in awe), we talked to her about what we were doing and she was super engaged the entire time.
She put the battery in the thingy-holder (super technical stuff here, guys) and was PUMPED UP when she got that moter up and runnin’!
If my hubby was doing this solo, he would’ve built a full droid outta this thing, but I’m completely challenged in this department (I mean, I can just barely operate the remote controls in our house) so it’s awesome they include the full instructions for peeps like me. And, if the instruction card doesn’t do it for ya, they have videos and stuff. Um, yes and yes.
The total build took about a half hour. It came with everything we needed to make our blue-cup robot, right down to the tape and some decorative accents.
Our little lady named her robot, “Frank”, because literally everything she has to name is named “Frank” (affectionately after her BFF, “Frank the firetruck” who legit is in a stroller right now being fed a baby bottle).
Anyway – how cute is Frank? Frank’s lil’ motor gives him enough vibration to glide across the floor. Kids, kittens (and probably me) were quite mezmorized once Frank started doing his little Robot dance across the dining room.
This STEAM project was awesome. It teaches kiddos how to; (a) turn on a hobby motor, (b) create a simple circuit; and (c) use their imaginations to decorate their new robotic bestie. And, also it teaches their mamas, because I mean…at what point in my life did I ever build a robot? Never. Until now 🙂 Just kidding, I still haven’t. Ha!
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST
KitHub has quite a few solutions for home or classroom settings. Single Session Projects (like our Robot) start at around $15 bucks (for at home use) and around $100 for classroom use. There’s a Home STEAM program (starting at $70 bucks) perfect if you’re homeschooling your kiddos or if you’re just your average non-homeschooling parent (like us) looking for some fun, educational STEAM projects to do with your kids.
Environmental Monitoring Kits (like an underwater Mic kit) start at around $40 bucks. And, there are tons of options for educators – totes worth checking out! [otw_shortcode_button href=”http://www.pntra.com/t/SENITEtNR0lDR0hMS01LQ0dKTU1IRw” size=”tiny” icon_position=”left” shape=”radius” color_class=”otw-pink” target=”_blank”] Get the kits [/otw_shortcode_button] Bonus! Enter FREESHIP at checkout to get free US shipping!
ARE YOU INTO STEAM PROJECTS?
I feel like Pinterest has opened up an entirely fabulous world of ideas (including awesome STEAM projects) to spark the minds of our kiddos. But, some of us (I’m totally talking about myself) are not always motivated or skilled enough to get the materials together and make it happen. I love that this kit was ready for us to create and enjoy, with little to no thought whatsoever.
What’s your go to STEAM project? Would you try a kit like this one?
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