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10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids

Barbie is a bore, Monopoly is too capitalistic, and no one cares that the Care Bears are making a comeback.

If you're looking for gifts to inspire the children in your life toward pursuits in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), check out the goodies on this list for some options beyond the standard Legos and Tinker Toys.

Trust us. In the long run, your kiddos will thank you — or Santa or whoever — for passing on another doll or truck and choosing a STEM gift. After all, what's better than the gift of geek this holiday?

Use the links below for some great gifts ranging from robotics to drones to component kits to dress-up and more. And don't forget to share your own STEM gift ideas or reviews in the comments section.

  1. Chibitronics Circuit Stickers Starter Kit
  2. littleBits
  3. Magformers
  4. Hummingbird Duo Robotics Kit
  5. ELEV-8 Quadcopter Kit
  6. Ravensburger Science X Fueling Future Cars
  7. SparkFun Learn to Solder – Simon Says
  8. GoldieBlox and the Parade Float
  9. Dressup Astronaut
  10. What Do You Do With an Idea?

This article originally appeared on EBN sister site EDN.

8 comments on “10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids

  1. Ariella
    December 22, 2014

    I'm a fan of the concept and some of the brilliant ads.

  2. t.alex
    December 27, 2014

    The idea is great and brilliant unfortunately parents buy ipad and iphones as presents.

    We can't live without technology however i hope we depend less on technology somehow. 

  3. Anand
    December 29, 2014

    @t.alex: I give the kids in my family lots of puzzles to solve. I even make their gift discovery into a puzzle game where they must solve each clue to unlock the location of their gift hiding place. Anything with an “i” in the front would ensure a scarred childhood for the kid, because gadgets have little or no parental control.

  4. Anand
    December 29, 2014

    @ariella: Which STEM gift do you like? The quadrocopter has me going gaga. Although it is meant for kids, the inner kid inside me wants that flying machine. Once built, no wonder kids will be asking for more of such physical and mental challenges to help them get a memorable gift. Why weren't these available when we were children?

  5. shirleydevis
    December 30, 2014

    This is the good phase to the knowledge. We have been making each of our scientific studies incredibly tedious

  6. ahdand
    December 30, 2014

    @hirleydavis: Yes and things do get complicated but impressive every second. Its a matter of fact on how much we will be able to adapt towards the change

  7. Himanshugupta
    December 30, 2014

    One of my colleage told me that he presented a set of Raspberry Pi to his 12 years old as his kid was very good with electronics. He though that with the help of youtube videos, the kid could build something interesting otherwise it was a small investment to forget about.

  8. Himanshugupta
    December 30, 2014

    Getting early interest in STEM is key for kids to take them as study subjects. However, most of the STEM graduates find it difficult to keep focus intact and devote years to research. 

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