When it comes to teaching science to my kids, I come up lacking. I did okay in biology, physics, and chemistry in high school, but only because I actually studied, never because I enjoyed them very much. As we are homeschooling our kids, it worries me that I may not be the best science teacher around.
With only 1 in every 1,000 girls pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, I don’t want to limit my twin daughters’ options because of my own shortcomings! Thankfully, my husband is currently a PhD in Mathematics Education and I did fairly well in high school and college Calculus classes, so they shouldn’t have a problem with math (or so we hope!).
A while ago I posted about some awesome educational subscription boxes for kids. We’ve tried out several of them now, and I love that they make it easier (and more fun) for me to teach certain subjects to my girls, especially subjects I may not be particularly well educated in (or like), like science.
Green Works, the shockingly powerful cleaners derived from the strength of naturally sourced ingredients, has partnered with StemBox, a monthly subscription service aimed at young girls, that delivers hands-on science experiments to their front door, because they want unique and fun ways to inspire young girls to pursue a career in science. They know that great things happen when women get involved in science, as years ago, a dedicated, female scientist Maria Ochomogo led the team that created the laundry and household cleaners that make-up today’s Green Works line!
*UPDATE: StemBox is no longer up and running. Please check out my post Monthly Science Kits for Kids for my new recommendations!!
Each StemBox is designed to be fun and engaging for girls ages 7 to 13. Each box contains all the necessary components to complete a STEM experiment. In March, the StemBox included:
- LED Bulbs
- Alligator Clips
- Zinc Nails
- Copper Wires
- Instructions Pag
- Green Works Wipes
- Mini Clock
- STEM Sticker
We tried out March’s StemBox with my twin girls who will be six in April. They were very excited to do an experiment! The only thing missing from our box to complete the experiment were the lemons!
We had fun going to the grocery store and picking out four lemons, and a few extra oranges for our Mini Clock. My girls are big fans of lemonade, but had no idea that lemons can do much more than turn into a tasty drink until we did this experiment. My daughters had a blast putting on the safety goggles and gloves, inserting nails and copper into the oranges, and connecting the wires between them. We had fun seeing if the various colored LED bulbs lit up or not by turning off the lights.
My daughters loved the fruit clock that came in the box too! It had the added bonus of helping my girls read a digital clock (they kept confusing the 5 and 2). They would take the orange clock around with them as they played and would frequently read off the time. They are a bit obsessed with it. It is pretty cool that a piece of fruit works as a clock battery. A StemBox subscription costs $36/month when you do it monthly, but only $29.33/month for a 3-month subscription, or $28.33/month with a 6-month subscription. Plans automatically renew but you can cancel at any time. Shipping is free! If you sign up for their newsletter you can get 10% off too!
A portion of proceeds from each March Green Works StemBox subscription will be donated to AAUW, The American Association of University Women, to continue their work of empowering women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information on Green works and its continued support of Girls in STEM visit GreenWorksCleaners.com.
I suggest checking out their site to see previous and upcoming StemBoxes! They have had boxes about aviation, DNA, and owl pellets.
Teaching my girls about electricity and a bit about how batteries work is great, but seeing them excited about science is even better. Maybe I won’t be such a bad science teacher after all, especially if I have the right, fun, tools helping me teach them cool things like fruit can power clocks and light bulbs.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Green Works. The opinions and text are all mine.