Projections from the Department of Commerce indicate that STEM fields are growing rapidly. While I don't subscribe to the theory that we should focus our teaching on making good little workers for the future, I do think that kids who learn to be comfortable with STEM concepts and pursue STEM training will have an advantage in the career world.
Because of this, I am excited to tell you about Groovy Lab in a Box. Groovy Lab in a Box is a subscription based STEM exploration project. This is not a "science kit" in the sense that it does not give you an experiment and step by step instructions for how to recreate a desired result. It gives kids ages 8 & up the knowledge, through entertaining videos and a helpful Lab Notebook, to come up with their OWN projects to figure out how to get the desired results, and today, you can enter to win this same box for your own kids!
We received the Lunar Launch box and access to the Beyond the Box section of the website for review purposes. A single kit sells for $28.95, and an ongoing subscription brings the price down to as low as $23.95/month. It took us about a month to watch the videos and do one project each week, using Groovy Lab in a Box as a science supplement in our homeschool.
Can I just say that I love the actual box? Not only is it super cute, it's also super green, being made with recycled materials and water based inks.
But we're not here to talk about the box. We're here to talk about the contents! The box contains everything you need to do the projects. Not, "some common household materials required" like most science programs. (I kid you not, the science book we hate asked us for hydrogen peroxide and LIVER recently. Who has liver laying around the house??) I love, love, love the fact that everything we need is all in the box.
Our box contained a mix of consumable items, such as tape and antacid tablets, and non-consumables, like a cool tape measure (it even entertained the 17 year old!) and scissors.
When it was time to dig in, I let the kids get into the box and handle all the contents while reading bits aloud from the Lab Notebook. This was a huge departure for me from how we usually handle science materials. I'm learning not to be such a control freak. One of the ladies at Groovy Lab in a Box told me it's okay to let the kids tear into the box and explore.
This is Eli and Jack, watching a tablet fizz.
Eli inflates the balloon for our rocket.
Then the boys work together to tape the rocket to the straw.
The kids played with this rocket over and over, adding weight in the form of playsilks.
Then we added the paperclips that came in our box. This lesson was an absolute success with my students. The videos we'd watched really helped them understand the forces at work when we did the project.
The following week, it was time for another type of rocket, Paper Rockets. These were totally fun, and all the kids could make their own. We had rockets flying all over the house!
Brianna just launched one from upstairs. Open floor plans make this an inside activity on a day of yucky weather, but it would work well outside, too.
Eli prepares to return fire from down below.
In the upper right corner, you can see the rocket Jack just launched!
An incoming rocket from Eli downstairs. Can she catch it?
Yes! She caught it!
This shows the original rocket next to the straw for blowing them.
I think this rocket was my favorite of the 4. I loved that for all of these projects, I could get out the box, have the Project Manager read the materials list while another child got out each item needed for that specific build, and then read the Procedures and everyone was able to work together, without any input from me, to make each of the projects.
The next week, we were on to Foam Rockets!
The kids learned new things about stability and used problem solving skills and creativity to make the foam rocket with a rubber band at the nose to launch it.
This was really popular with my Nerf-loving children.
Again, this would probably be best done outside, but at the time it was cold and icky, so we did it indoors.
Eli talks Jack through a launch. Rulers have been swords in our house before, but using them to propel rockets was new.
I won't tell you how many pictures I had to take to actually get one showing the rocket in motion. Let's just say, it was a lot.
The Grand Finale was the blasting off of the modified foam rocket.
In it's final incarnation, a film canister was inserted into the tail section to hold antacid propellant.
I really wish I had amazing photos of the rocket shooting up into the sky. But the lag time on my camera is awful, and by the time the shutter finally went, the action was over. Use your imagination, and pretend there's screaming and mayhem as the rocket sails upward.
You'll notice, this time we really DID do the launch outside! The lab book offers solid guidelines for establishing a safe launch zone to be sure not to injure people or damage property.
Reloading. The boys immediately wanted to put antacid tablets on the grocery list!
Now's the part you've been waiting for! The GIVEAWAY! The lovely ladies at Groovy Lab in a Box are allowing me to give you the chance to win your own Lunar Launch box!
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