2019 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University

2019 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University

Toys & Games that encourage STEM skills – For the last 6 years Purdue University has been publishing their annual gift guide with a focus on products that promote STEM skills. While we have been following them for a few years now and haven’t been thoroughly impressed with the approach, range of offerings there is definite value in reviewing the gift guide to understand the different STEM learning options that manufacturers have to offer today. A key point to note though that the Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide is primarily written for the American consumer with a focus on STEM toys that are easily available in the US. With a little bit of effort, research we think these recommendations can easily be translated to local variants.

From the Purdue University website, – Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering released its Engineering Gift Guide for the sixth consecutive year. It boasts more than 120 toys, books and games this year for children ages 1-18 in categories ranging from building and circuits to logic and puzzles.

 “From talking with parents we know that they want to provide their children with toys, games and books that they find enjoyable but have a learning element to them,” said Elizabeth Gajdzik, assistant director of INSPIRE. “The items we include in our guide are just that – they are fun gifts that engage children in engineering thinking and design.”

The 2019 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University is available here. A print version can be downloaded.

Christmas is round the corner – It’s nearing Christmas time and most folks are working hard to wrap up work before they head into the break. If you’ve got kids or have kids in the family then you are probably working on getting your shopping lists together, starting to hunt for the right gift item at the right price and then choose the right packing …….which can all be lots of work.

Children collaborating on building a self guided robot

So while you spend your hard earned money $$$$ this Christmas we would like you to think about how that investment of yours can help your child (or close family member) build relevant life skills that could contribute to a more secure future for them. If you haven’t made up your mind yet have a think about the benefit of getting your child started with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with a focus on coding, electronics, robotics, 3D printing, 3D modelling, etc. While he/she might not necessarily turn out to be a scientist, an electronics engineer or a robotics engineer the skills they gain from working with the relevant learning tracks, challenges will no doubt be useful in anything they choose to do later in life.

We are STEM educators by background and have been working with kids, adults helping them get started with their STEM learning journey with a focus on coding, electronics, robotics, 3D modelling, 3D printing, etc. On a regular basis we work with kids of all ages in class across different coding, electronics, engineering, robotics activities. These activities and kits help kids build critical life skills including –

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Iterative design
  • Learning from failure and moving on

There’s a lot to gain by investing in build the relevant STEM skills, come and talk to us if you are unsure how to get started. You can reach us on the phone 0423 607 688 or over email i.e. support@oztoylib.com.au in addition to Facebook chat (accessible from www.oztoylib.com.au).

Grab a bargain – For a limited time only we are offering upto 50% discount on items at various STEM learning kits at our store (www.oztoylib.com.au). This offer won’t last for ever and if you are looking for a bargain we would recommend you head over to the store now and check out the different learning kits for kids of all ages i.e. 7 – 77.

Xmas Sale on STEM kits for kids of all ages

If you are unsure of what might be the best way to get your kids or closed one started with their STEM learning journey then give us a call or reach out to us on Facebook chat (at the store page) and we’ll help point you in the right direction for free. So why wait….come talk to us now. You can also reach us on the phone 0423 607 688 or over email i.e. support@oztoylib.com.au in addition to Facebook chat (accessible from www.oztoylib.com.au).

Free learning on Coding, Electronics, Robotics at KidzCanCode.com – Even if you choose not to purchase anything from us we would urge you to head over to www.KidzCanCode.com and check out the FREE learning material out there. We build www.KidzCanCode.com to help us work with our ~20+ kids in class every week with each child working on a different challenge at a different level of complexity. At www.KidzCanCode.com you will find over ~80+ FREE learning tracks covering the following topics –

Learning fundamentals of coding, electronics with the BBC micro:bit
  • Fundamentals of coding
  • Advanced coding challenges
  • Introduction to electronics (Arduino, BBC micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, etc.)
  • Introduction to robotics
  • Advanced robotics
  • Web development
  • Introduction to 3D modelling
  • Introduction to 3D printing

So if you are keen on keeping up with the Digital revolution head and want to help your kids gain the skills to move from being digital consumers to digital creators head over to KidzCanCode.com and checkout the 70+ learning courses we have on offer. Get yourself and your kids started on their own STEM learning journey right away!!!!!!

At KidzCanCode.com we offer FREE access to various STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Math) development courses at KidzCanCode.com . At KidzCanCode.com you will find courses on Scratch, BBC Micro:Bit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, fundamentals and advanced Robotics, fundamentals and advanced Electronics, Web development, Mobile application development, Python development, 3D modelling, etc.

Smart Robot Car that can be programmed using the BBC micro:bit

If you are looking for a BBC micro:bit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, starter kits, electronics kits, robotics kits including other STEM learning kits we would recommend you drop by our online store here – <OzToyLib>. Hopefully you have enjoyed the post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for future tutorials drop us a note at – learning at hack2 dot live.

Hopefully you have enjoyed the article. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for future tutorials drop us a note at – learning at hack2 dot live.

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