K’NEX STEM Explorations Roller Coaster Building Set
What’s better than riding a roller coaster? Building one! This set lets kids build a functional coaster and complete three experiments. It’s a perfect way to teach STEM concepts, says Tosha Neill, a fifth-grade teacher from Benton, Louisiana. Students “really enjoyed being able to first build the set and then use it to calculate average speed.”
Susan Kunze, a second- and third-grade teacher from Bishop, California, used this app to teach kids how the tallest buildings are designed and built—from the effects of forces to nuts-and-bolts concerns like plumbing and electrical systems.
Nancy B’s Science Club Way to Grow Hydroponics Kit & Gardening Diary
This kit has all you need to grow plants—without the dirt! Francie Kugelman, a grades 3–5 teacher in La Crescenta, California, loved the gardening diary. With it, an “entire class can become botanists.”
Tiggly Math Learning System and Chef Subtraction App
Tiggly aims to turn math into a game. Laura Lai, a first-grade teacher in New York City, found that her “kinesthetic and visual learners who used the manipulative to visualize how numbers add up” loved it. The “adventures and activities were engaging,” especially for kids with special needs.
littleBits STEAM Student Set
Kids learn through invention, and this electronic building-block set encourages them to “start creating with little to no guidance,” says Carla Swenson, a third-grade teacher from Glasgow, Montana. It’s “collaborative learning at its best.”
Photo: Adam Chinitz