by Kirk Iwasaki | Lakeshore Senior Product Designer
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. It’s where STEM concepts, like critical thinking and engineering, meet the creativity of art. Our Design & Play STEAM Kits help kids integrate artistic flair and STEM knowledge to create vehicles with the perfect balance of good looks and functionality.Read More →
How do kids use the Design & Play STEAM Kits?
They grab their own arts and crafts materials to decorate and add custom details to the precut pieces. Once they’ve built their vehicles, they can add finishing touches.
Next, they test their creations. They might discover that improperly aligned wheels make a car wobble or that acrylic gemstones make a plane too heavy to soar. Kids fine-tune and test their vehicles until they discover an ideal combination of engineering and design.
What will children learn?
Since these kits are open-ended, they cover a variety of concepts. For example, children could learn about:
- Problem solving—as they troubleshoot through the design process to build their vehicles
- Cause and effect—as they test and adjust their vehicles
- Natural forces, such as gravity, motion and buoyancy—as they create flying planes, racing cars and floating boats
- Communication—as they design with partners
Kids will also learn how to use creativity and perseverance (a key 21st-century skill) to create something unique. That’s what kids love most—creating a one-of-a-kind vehicle that looks and works just the way they like!