2020 STEM Gift Guide: Fun STEM Gifts for Kids and Adults

If you’re looking to inspire a love of STEM in the children in your life or struggling to find the perfect gift for your STEM-loving friend or family member, the list below has something you’re looking for! Check out our fun compilation of STEM gifts for kids and adults!

If you’re looking to inspire a love of STEM in the children in your life or struggling to find the perfect gift for your STEM-loving friend or family member, the list below has something you’re looking for! Check out our fun compilation of STEM gifts for kids and adults!

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STEM Gifts for adults

2020 STEM Gift Guide: Fun STEM Gifts for Kids and Adults STEM Gift

Historic Women Who Dared Wine Glasses

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Human rights. Medicine. Suffrage. Science. Smart, courageous women made big things happen throughout history. Toast to those who dare to challenge social norms and push for progress with these wine glasses featuring the signatures and writings of famous feminist icons.


5-in-1 Tool Pen

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This streamlined gadget keeps five necessary tools—a screwdriver, capacitive touch stylus for smart devices, an integrated bubble level, ruler, and pen with clip—together in one place.


Mathematical Glasses – Set of 4

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Drinking with mathematical precision is easy: Just use the standard ounce marks and their equivalent constants, then geek out over the expanded formulas—all presented in delightfully differential colors.


Wonder Women Bingo

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A Swedish teen who’s leading the charge on climate change, a gymnast with 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. They’re all women, they’re all heroes, and they’re ready to lead you to victory during your next bingo game.


Beer Chemistry Pint Glass – Set of 2

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This annotated pair teaches beer geeks about the naturally occurring molecules that give beer its mojo. Humulene, for example, creates that quintessential hoppy aroma. Ethyl acetate gives ales their fruity flavor. See? You know more already.


Equation Geek Watch

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Regular numbers? Those are for amateurs. Bring your inner genius out for all to envy with a smart and stylish watch that features the equivalent notation of each number. (Pssst…a cheat sheet is included with each watch!)


Great Women of Science Pint Glass

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They may not be as well-known as Darwin or Einstein. Let’s change that. Printed with depictions of just a few of the women who changed history with their work, it’s the perfect glass for a toast to abolishing the Matilda Effect.


Interstellar Travel Posters

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Tour the solar system with these out-of-this-world screen prints inspired by vintage travel posters. Great geeky decor, they’ll delight anyone who dreams of the day when the Inter-Planet Transit Commission becomes a reality.


Solve the Bug in the Code Glassware

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Whether they’re staying hydrated for a hack-a-thon or for a Star Trek marathon, the lovable computer nerd in your life will get a kick out of these cheeky glasses. Each one is printed with code that has an error in it—they’re sure to enjoy hunting for the glitch, but it’s also on the back for us tech mortals.


Cosmos by Carl Sagan

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Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.


Famous Scientist Tumblers

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Each bold pint glass blends creativity and smarts with a fun illustration of a famous scientist and symbols related to their greatest discoveries and achievements.


Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from the Pantry

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Conduct physics, chemistry, and biology experiments with tools and ingredients found in any kitchen! These 52 labs created by mom and scientist Liz Lee Heinecke introduce fundamental scientific principles in a fun and accessible format. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels.


Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park

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Learn physics, chemistry, and biology in your own backyard! In Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, scientist and mom Liz Heinecke has created 52 family-friendly labs designed to get you and yours outside in every season. From playground physics to backyard bugs, this book makes it fun and easy to dig into the natural sciences and learn more about the world around you.


Infinite Galaxy Puzzle

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Buckle up, friends—this is not your average jigsaw. If you’re into outer space, you’ll not only appreciate that this puzzle is based on a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope that shows stars being born in the Carina nebula, but also, much like the endless abyss that surrounds us, it has no fixed shape, no starting point, and no edges. Limitless combinations are possible, and that’s exactly the fun of it.


Heroic Women Museum Puzzle

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Marie Curie once said, “Progress was neither swift nor easy.” The courageous women pictured on this puzzle know this sentiment all too well—nevertheless, they persisted. And so will you when you tackle this 1,000-piece puzzle that celebrates famous women throughout history.

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STEM Gifts for kids

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Science Ninjas: Valence Card Game

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If your kids are too young for the lab, but you want to get across basic and advanced chemistry concepts, nothing beats Valence. It’s all here – from molecule formation, to acids and bases, to chemical reactions. Valence helps you meet STEM learning goals and is the ideal teaching tool for engaging both high achieving students and those struggling with chemistry concepts.


Jumbo Robot Building Kit

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Welcome to Planetbot, where the building possibilities are endless. Let your kid make their mark by using the included 250 colorful nuts and bolts to create all kinds of robot friends. The detailed instructions will get them started assembling four super-cool figures. And the included unique registration code lets them learn even more from an online community of fellow creators. Hours and hours of screen-free play are on the way.


Moving Locomotive Kit

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Build your own working model of a 19th century locomotive with this extraordinary DIY kit. Beautifully designed with an eye for detail, the wooden pieces are easily popped out from sheets of pre-cut plywood and can be assembled without nails or glue. Instead of steam, the model is powered by a rubber band, but the working of its engine, including an asynchronously operating piston and valve mechanism, are clearly visible. There is even a retractable ladder under the cabin doors, which open to give you a peek inside.


Terraforming Mars

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet. Experience ‘Science Future’ as you compete to be the most successful corporation on Mars.


Kiwi Crates

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KiwiCo was created with the goal of ‘Inspiring Young Innovators’ through seriously fun and enriching projects, delivered to your door. With customized crates for every single age group—seriously, the age range goes all the way up to 104!—you can find the perfect kits for just about anyone! KiwiCo’s STEAM-based projects are designed to spark a love for learning—making it fun, easy, and delightful for families to spend time building, exploring and creating together.


Little Passports

Little Passports offers another fun and enriching subscription service.Their ‘Science Junior’ kit (ages 5-8) launches a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Their ‘Science Expeditions’ kit (ages 9+) reveals the mysteries of the world through science experiments and activities.


Snap Circuits Jr

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With this building toy, young engineers (age 8+) can assemble over 100 different electronic circuit projects with just 30+ electronic parts. Kids can construct working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, an adjustable-volume siren and much more!The kit comes with a clear, easy to understand illustrated instruction manual.


Recycled Science: Bring Out Your Science Genius with Soda Bottles, Potato Chip Bags, and More Unexpected Stuff

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Why recycle cardboard tubes, plastic bottles and jugs, craft sticks, and snack bags when you can reuse them yourself? These fun and informative science experiments and projects will keep readers entertained as they learn about scientific principles.


Coding Games in Scratch

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This visual reference book is the perfect introduction to computer programming, with all you need to create single and multiplayer computer games, platformers, mazes, brainteasers, races, and much more.  The complexities of coding become clear and simple by following the numbered steps to build eight fantastic games using the Scratch programming language. Essential coding and computer science concepts are explained along the way as you build, test, and customize your new games. 


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

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A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!


Weights Balance Game

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Children ages 3+ will discover the basics of balance with this see-saw toy. The rocking toy comes with 16 blocks of different sizes and colors, along with a variety of idea cards/model sheets to serve as examples while they practice balancing the scale. The challenge will keep kids busy for hours! 


Addy-matic and the Toasterrific

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Addy-matic and the Toasterrific is a humorous, rhyming picture book about a girl who attempts to automate a simple task by building a complex, Rube Goldberg-esque chain reaction machine. Having to wake up early, Addy is not the least bit in the mood to make her own food, so she decides to find a way to automate getting toast made on a plate. Using things around her, she builds a grand creation of perfect automation she calls the effortless Toasterrific!…but will it work?


Gears! Gears! Gears! Robots in Motion

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Kids can design and build the STEM robots of their dreams with Gears! Gears! Gears! Robots in Motion from Learning Resources. This 110-piece robotics building set includes all-new special components for designing and building robots, cars, and machines that move and transform. Kids can follow along with the included STEM Activity Guide, or use their imaginations to devise open-ended builds of their own—with 110 pieces, they can add rolling treads, spinning eyes, and more!


Design & Drill Space Circuits

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Three, two, one Blast off to STEM learning and fun! Astronauts-in-training use a real, kid-safe power drill to complete 20 space-themed, circuit-building challenges with this out-of-this-world creativity set. Kids build early engineering and problem-solving skills as they spin simple motors, and more on their mission control boards.


Gravitrax Obstacle Set

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Design, build and race the marbles through your own obstacle course tracks and use gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel them to the finish. This 153-piece STEM toy offers a screen-free activity that fosters problem solving, creativity and experimentation for kids ages 8 and up.


Sphero Mini

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This little robot is about the size of a Ping-Pong ball. It rolls around on the floor and steers with a gyroscope. You can control it with an app or by programming your own code! Build your own mazes, obstacles, towers and other courses to navigate through the living room or kitchen! It’s the perfect entry into robotics for beginners (ages 8+)!


ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge

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In this thrilling engineering challenge, players get to build their very own roller coasters. Start by choosing a challenge card and setting up the pieces to match. Then, players use the remaining pieces to build a working roller coaster that meets the build conditions on their challenge card. Roller Coaster Challenge incorporates elements of a logic puzzle, while also allowing for the creativity that stems from free-form building.


SnapCircuits Alternative Energy Kit

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With over 125 projects to build, youngsters will have endless hours of fun while learning about circuits, electricity, geothermal power and lots more! This award-winning kit features projects specifically designed to demonstrate how renewable energy is generated. Kids can experiment with solar power, windmills, hydroelectric power, rechargeable batteries, and liquid batteries to experience green energy generation firsthand.

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