Inspiring students to try tech
A teen tech ambassador’s toy picks for sparking curiosity about science, technology, engineering, and math.
on December 08, 2017
High school junior and STEM advocate, Niamani Knight, is a believer in "hands-on, fun” learning. After witnessing her gift for enthralling young minds in a classroom recently, we asked her to share recommendations of her favorite educational toys. Find her top picks below.
01Dot is a clever little robot with multiple sensors and a quirky personality that powers the Do-It-Yourself projects in the new Dot Creativity Kit. Kids will learn about robotics and develop fundamental coding and problem-solving skills while having fun. Dot’s projects range from crafting, active play, to storytelling and construction.
Multiple sensors and loads of tech makes Dot a real robot that comes to life.
02This gravity-powered logic maze is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test. The towers can be arranged in a wide variety of visually stimulating structures but, for each challenge, you’ll have to think carefully to build a path that will carry your marble to the Target Tower.
Your Goal: Create a maze that will carry a marble from the Start Position to the Target Tower.
03No more toothpicks and glue! The K'NEX Education Intro to Structures: Bridges set is designed to introduce students to the history, function, structural design, geometry and strength of bridges while providing opportunities for them to acquire skills using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to information and concepts. The Teacher's Guide provides the information and resources required to build your students' understanding of scientific, technical and design concepts and to channel their inquiries into active and meaningful learning experiences. (from manufacturer)
04Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits SC-300. This kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers 305 do-it-yourself projects that will give your child an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work. (from manufacturer)