STEM toys


In my last post I wrote about a science experiment I did with all three of my boys. Since then, I’ve been looking for other science experiments and STEM toys for my kids to do together. Then I was contacted by Jarrby toys, and asked to review one of their […]

My Preschooler’s Favorite Building STEM Toy


The demand for STEM careers continues to grow in the Technology Age. Yet, companies struggle to find qualified engineers and scientists to fill the jobs openings. I decided to research why there isn’t a pipeline of engineers  for the available jobs, and found that kids lose interest in STEM careers […]

15 Middle School STEM Projects


Have you ever heard of simple machines? Simple machines are in every piece of machinery in a factory. They’re in your car, and many toys. But what are they? Simple put, simple machines are a way to make things move easier. For example, try pushing a heavy box full of […]

Simple Machine Bird: Levers, Gears, and Birds! Oh My!



The best way to figure out how something works is to take it apart, or reverse engineer it. A while back, my son had  bought a solar powered toy at Dollar Tree. We decided to reverse engineer the toy to better understand solar energy. Our decision ended up being a […]

Solar Energy for Kids: Reverse Engineering a Solar Toy!


Beyblades. All three of my boys are really into beyblades, even the 2 year old! In an effort to connect with my boys, I started making up beyblade science experiments. In one of the experiments, my kids and I measured the weights of the four types of beyblades. We learned […]

Angular Momentum Experiment with Beyblades!


“Let it rip!” Anyone who plays with beyblades knows what this means. Any time all three of my boys are together, you can hear their beyblades battling after they “rip” them from their beyblade launchers. Even my two year old knows to shout “Let it rip!” My husband has even joined […]

Easy Beyblade Science Experiment: Explore Different Types of Beyblades



Troubleshooting is a key skill for engineers to develop. For some it comes easy, but for me it was a skill I had to develop on the job. Troubleshooting is essentially trying out different things to fix something that is broken. It is brainstorming possible reasons why something isn’t working […]

Troubleshooting Your Bot



I love toys that unintentionally help my kids explore STEM concepts. Unfortunately, many toys advertised as STEM are expensive. But I’ve found 25 Dollar Tree  toys that will spark your child’s interest in STEM, and not totally blow the budget! Wondering what concept their exploring? I’ve also listed the concept […]

25 Dollar Tree Toys for Exploring STEM!



Whether I’m looking for a Christmas present, or a birthday gift, I always try to give gifts that help kids become interested in Engineering. But I don’t really like giving the standard “STEM” type toys or kits, but always find something that will allow the kid to explore a STEM […]

15 Unexpected STEM Gifts for Toddlers