As a former teacher, I sympathize with the dilemma teachers face these days. Most would love to have a schedule full of nothing but interesting and engaging hands-on learning experiences all day long. But teachers are facing so many obstacles in providing that – lack of materials and the funds to purchase them, lack of help in the classroom (and having help is crucial to the success of STEM activities for kids!) as well as a host of material that must be covered before the mandated testing rolls around. I don’t want anyone to think for a moment that I am suggesting that teachers don’t do enough! But the fact is that today’s students are probably not getting as much hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) instruction as you would like.
One way to help fill that void is to provide fun and engaging STEM activities for kids at home or in extracurricular activities. Even as a former teacher, I find that to be a daunting task. We enrolled Josh in some of the programs our local rec department offered like Mad Science classes and Lego building workshops during the summer. His merit badges in Boy Scouts also provided a chance to get some hands-on time learning about various STEM topics as well. One thing I wish had been available when Josh was a bit younger is the Hololab LightUp Subscription Box.
Hololab reached out to establish a partnership for this post and asked me to share what all is included in the LightUp box and why I think it is a great way to support what your child is learning at school.
We received a box that included everything to complete several fun experiments and more than 10 AR activities. As a mom, I loved that there was no scrambling around trying to find elastic bands or straws – everything Josh needed was in the box. The box we received taught lessons around the science of flight. Josh completed experiments that demonstrated why a bird’s wings allow it to fly, how a heading and altitude indicators help pilots, and constructed his own panes out of a variety of materials.
In addition to the hands-on activities, the VR (virtual reality) demonstrations really brought to life some of the concepts that were too “big” to fit into the box. All we needed to do was download the free Hololab app and use the viewer that came in the box and the lesson immediately sprang to life! I was really impressed with how much was included in the box. While some things you might buy your child will be used once or twice and then set aside, each Hololab LightUp Subscription Box contains multiple activities and lessons that will last the whole month.
So, as a mom and an educator, do I recommend the Hololab monthly subscription box? Absolutely. And here’s why:
- It contains multiple hands-on activities that reinforce the STEM concepts being introduced in the box.
- It includes a VR component that earns it some serious “cool points” with even the most reluctant learner.
- It includes all the materials the student needs to complete the activities. You can hand your child the box and not have to spend hours digging around for a paperclip or other needed item. (You might need to provide tape or scissors – but nothing you don’t already have handy.)
- It is designed by teachers. This is important for several reasons – they know the topics that are both interesting to kids and needed to fill in those gaps I mentioned earlier. And maybe most importantly, they have created lessons that are easy for kids of different learning styles to follow. I LOVED that the directions Josh used to build his planes had both written directions and pictures. The directions were written in a language and format that kids could easily follow!
- And lastly, I love that this is affordable!! Extracurricular activities and classes are great but they get expensive very quickly. A subscription to Hololab’s LightUp Box can be as little as $15.99/month if you sign up for a year at once. Rather go month by month? It’s still a total bargain at $19.99/month.
Learn more about Hololab and read the rave reviews others are posting at LightUp.io!!