STEM (or STEAM) learning has become a selling point of children's toys, but picking the right toy for your child to learn from can be a daunting task. As a leader in engineering education, the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering assists parents, educators, and gift givers by publishing the Engineering Gift Guide, in an effort to inform them about which toys, games, books, and apps successfully promote engineering thinking and design to girls and boys ages 3-18. Some other skills that kids learn from STEM are:
Creative and innovative problem-solving
Who is INSPIRE?
The INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering is a center in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University focused on pre-college engineering education research and integration of engineering with science, technology, mathematics, computational thinking, and literacy. INSPIRE is composed of 15+ faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers and 40+ graduate and undergraduate research assistants on a mission to study pre-college engineering experiences and environments in order to impact educational systems.
Looking for a STEM Gift That Kids Love?
Not only does the Engineering Gift Guide have building toys, there are also engineering inspired books and toys that inspire programming, robotics, puzzles and more!
Here are some more resources to find the perfect gift for your loved one this year: