As a homeschooling mom of my now 3rd grade daughter, I`m always looking for things to do. I like using a variety of methods rather than the same old thing all the time. Some days it`s non-stop work. Other days we may just read a book and call it a day. We mix it up - easy, hard, a lot, a little - you get the idea. When I saw Groovy Lab in a Box
, I figured it`d be perfect for a "fun" day. It`s something that`s hands on and educational at the same time. Well, for this particular box I got the Engineering Design Challenge – A Lesson in Electricity
Wait, what?! You are a groovy electrical engineer who has been contracted by the latest groovy dance group. Using only the materials from your Groovy Lab in a Box, can you design and build a groovy dance pad with specific criteria and constraints? In this particular box, you get to learn about Static electricity, origin and structure of the atom, paper circuits, switches, a groovy door alarm to keep any trespassers out of your room and much, much more!
About Groovy Lab in a Box
With Groovy Lab in a Box
, young STEMists (your children!) will receive fun, hands-on projects and an engineering design challenge – all focused on that month’s STEM topic.
All STEMists will receive a Lab Notebook, where they can read about that month’s topic, perform investigation activities and document their findings. They will investigate, brainstorm, plan, build, test and redesign their own creations.
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.
The box itself is rather neat. It`s not just a "sit down and complete it in one session" project, but really one that can be drawn out over a week or even a whole month if you so choose. You can make individual lessons for each little part; speaking from an educator stand point. The website includes a ton of extra resources and activities for each theme in the Beyond a Box section
. So you`re not limited to what you`re getting in the box, so to speak, which is really neat. I found that the projects are engaging and kept Sophia, who is 8-years-old, interest. It probably helps she`s also really into science and doing experiments in general, but nonetheless, she was thoroughly interested in learning and trying out the various experiments within this box.
What I like is that each box comes with everything you need, including a fun lab notebook with clear explanations, directions and thought-provoking questions plus all of the supplies for each activity so that I don`t have to go hunting for supplies! Needless to say, this was a really cool box to get and fits in perfectly in our homeschooling lessons. I definitely enjoyed the box as did Sophia. Heck, even my husband thought this box was pretty awesome and it`s hard to get him excited about anything! While the box may not look like much from the outside, it`s certainly something that`s well worth investing in. I would recommend it to anyone - homeschooling, teachers, parents - everyone!
If you`re interested, this particular box is $36.95. Of course, there are tons of other single box options
to choose from of various categories. If you try a box and decide you love it, or you simple love science and experiments anyway, you can sign up for a subscription