Groovy Lab in a Box is much more than science supplies
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What problems have you solved today? Every day we are challenged with solving many problems. As adults, we don’t think about the process that goes into finding a solution because we have years of practice. We learned at an early age to be problem solvers.
Groovy Lab in a Box wants to help kids be problem solvers too. They foster creative innovation of children from a young age by enticing their innate curiosity and determination through the engineering design process.
What is the Engineering Design Process?
NASA’s example of the Engineering Design Process “involves a series of steps that lead to the development of a new product or system.” In fact, all engineering design processes start with the identification of a problem, or asking of a question to a solution or conclusion. Educators around the world use varying steps in a design process.
Here’s how Groovy Lab in a Box does it
Each month STEMists receive a subscription box that focuses on a certain theme. The box provides all the supplies necessary to complete the investigations, experiments and design challenge outlined in a retro-style custom, subject-specific lab notebook. However, their boxes don’t stop there. Through the contents of their boxes, Groovy Lab in a Box encourages kids to channel their inner STEMists, guiding them through the steps of the engineering design process. In fact, the engineering design process is central for completing the activities in the box.
Next, kids brainstorm on how they should complete each task based on the information they learned and discuss creative ways to design their project. Then, they will plan how to build the design. Once the STEMists build the design, they test their design, and observe and record the result. The last step is to redesign it to fix any problems that may have occurred in their first design. STEMists go through this process with each of the activities, putting to good use the Groovy Lab notebook that guides them through the engineering design process.
Groovy Lab in a Box has closely aligned its mission with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in teaching STEM to students. STEM education and learning through the engineering design process is imperative to our future. Groovy Lab in a Box, like many educational organizations and STEM-driven companies, agree that North America is behind other major-playing countries in teaching and learning STEM.
Thinking outside of the box
The lessons don’t stop with the box delivered to their subscribers’ doors. All STEMists continue learning through access to “Beyond…in a Box,” a unique web portal containing videos and interactive activities to supplement what they are learning through the box projects.
Groovy Lab in a Box challenges children to create their own designs by using the engineering design process and to think outside the box. Would you like Groovy Lab in a Box delivered to your door step? Check out their single boxes and subscription options and get started today!
Would your kids like to try a Groovy Lab in a Box project? Be sure to enter our giveaway below!
A Groovy Lab in a Box Giveaway
We are giving away 1 What’s the Matter? Groovy Lab in a Box to one Tweenhood reader. This prize package is valued at $36.95 USD.
What’s the Matter Groovy Lab in a Box project details:
For this Engineering Design Challenge, kids are tasked to design the lighting of a groovy ice hotel. Guests are given an ice lantern to guide their way. STEMists are challenged to build a portable lantern out of ice. Through this fun STEM project they will investigate the states of matter: gases, liquids and solids and learn about the unique properties of ice.
Enter below for your chance to win. Giveaway starts January 11, 2017 and ends February 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm EST.
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada or the U.S. 18+ only, excluding Quebec. No purchase necessary. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the prize sponsor.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)