As a parent, there are days that the questions seem to never end. Some days, I put “Why?” in time-out! I love that the kids minds are always going, churning, fostering creativity and ingenuity. Their wheels are always turning.
Driving a recent road trip, Austin was giving my father a lesson on the types of clouds, “That is a cumulonimbus cloud, not a stratus cloud. No Pappy, cumu-LO-nimbus.” Yep, that is Austin at the moment, talking about cloud types and human anatomy; his trachea is his favorite part to talk about currently.
With homeschooling, we try to use every opportunity we can to turn our play time into educational time and educational time into play time. When we were offered a Groovy Lab in a Box, I did a little research and then quickly replied with a YES!
Groovy Lab in a Box is a fun-filled box that will take your child on exploratory adventure using (STEM) hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiments. Inside each box, you will find the instructions and a lab notebook that encourages them to record and re-evaluate their discoveries and ALL the supplies you need for 3-4 hands on experiments. I really appreciate that even the little items, down to the piece of tape or string are included.
The theme revolved around solar power this month. Along with the theme, you are given a setting to apply the experiments to. This box revolved around being on a deserted island and how you could use each experiment and discovery to survive.
We created balloons from black garbage bags and tape. Once the balloon was sealed, we waited a few hours and the kids were amazed at how the warmth from the sun (solar energy) enabled it to float. All three kids thought it was pretty cool considering we started with garbage bags and air. It was a great way to think out of the box, how can we use ordinary items in situations for other purposes?
Then we did a really cool experiment to see what type of water can conduct electricity. What child doesn’t love to use a battery to make an alarm sound.
Do you know if there is a difference between fresh and salt water in conducting electricity? We do and had a great time figuring it all out.
There were also two other experiments, separating the salt from the water and creating a solar oven from tin, cardboard and the black garbage bags. With each project you are encouraged to evaluate the outcome, what you could change to make a difference and how you can use it in everyday life.
While the box is geared towards children 8+, Austin, who is six loved it. There were a few points that took a little more explanation but overall, we he was very quick to jump on the thinking train and the discovery process was amazing! You could just see a light bulb go off and that it the type of learning I want to engage them in!
Because children are natural engineers, Groovy Lab in a Box blends Scientific Inquiry and the Engineering Design Process which allows children to create ingenious inventions, enhance critical problem solving skills, and have FUN!
Expert in applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Creator, explorer, inventor…STEMist!
STEMists also receive access to our special “Beyond…in a Box” online learning portal. This is a unique feature of Groovy Lab in a Box because it gives STEMists a deeper understanding of that month’s topic. “Beyond…in a Box” has videos and more interactive activities to supplement what they are learning from the box projects, which also helps the STEMist even more when completing the design challenge.
While the investigation activities have step-by-step directions, STEMists won’t have detailed directions to complete the Engineering Design Challenge. Instead, they must rely on their critical thinking skills, and what they’ve learned through the investigation process from the Lab Notebook and online activities. The Engineering Design Challenge is the culmination of your STEMist’s learning experience – the ultimate project where he/she must apply the knowledge gained from that month’s activities.
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All plans enjoy free shipping and automatically renew based on the subscription package. You may cancel at any time. Your subscription includes a monthly delivery of Groovy Lab in a Box science inquiries, engineering design challenges, and access to “Beyond…in a Box”; your fun, web-based learning section on their website. The boxes start at $23.95 a box, order your Groovy Lab in a Box to get started on your STEM adventure today!