Groovy Lab in a Box has been a fun project subscription box that I have been able to review with my children this summer. It has been so great to deter the "summer slide", you know the slide in their academic abilities when they are out of school. It keeps their mind thinking and problem solving and learning. Groovy Lab in a box would also be a wonderful tool for home schoolers or for those parents who want to supplement the science curriculum taught in schools. I bring up that last part because it seems like schools have less and less funds to buy all the necessary supplies needed to do hands-on science projects. This particular box is called "Here Comes the Sun". You can buy this one individually, or 4 other Groovy Labs in a Box called:
- Swing in to Spring
- Out to Launch
- Lunar Launch
- Fly with Me
Product Description from Groovy Lab in a Box
Each month through our Groovy Lab in a Box subscription service, 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. Additionally, the monthly box contains bonus supplies exclusively for the activities available through “Beyond…in a Box.”
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.
Science learning made fun! Groovy Lab in a Box: Inspiring the next generation of STEMists…. For ages 8+
Here you can see that I spread out all the supplies to conduct all experiments detailed in the Lab Book, as well as the bonus experiment using Solar Sun Paper, which I took pictures of below when I did it with both my 8 year old and 4 year old. The box is geared towards 8+ and that is very appropriate. Children who are closer to age 8 will need more guidance conducting the experiments than those older children. The Solar paper experiment was one that my youngest could participate in and understand.
You can order a subscription of 1, 3, 6, or 12 months to Groovy Lab in a box and be shipped upcoming boxes to your home. The longer the subscription you order, the lower price you pay per box and if you order 3 months or more you get them shipped FREE.
We have only done 2 out of the 4 experiments sent to us (the one pictured was the simplest) and have really enjoyed them. The solar oven was pretty neat and my daughter remembers when I have done one with her the last 2 summers. We plan to do the Conductivity Tester last this week and my daughter is super excited to hear if she can make a buzzer go off or not with using water.
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