The best science kit gifts for kids

If you’ve got a little scientist on your hands, look no further for the best science kits this holiday season. Live Science has gathered a group of the most incredible science kits you can buy right now. Is your kid fascinated by the weather? There’s a science kit for that. Do they want to know how plants grow? Get them a glow-in-the-dark terrarium. Are they always talking about squishy, gross guts? Maybe they’d like an anatomically accurate model of just where guts go in the human body and how they keep us alive. No matter your kids’ science interests, we have a kit for them. 

a small child sitting on a table: Kids doing some kind of science or STEM experiment.

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Kids doing some kind of science or STEM experiment.

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Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium: $14.99 $11.69 at Amazon

Little plant lovers will be thrilled to grow their own wheatgrass and chia seeds with this colorful and

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Advice on a new kids gaming PC with decent graphics and no lagging


I am looking to buy my daughter a gaming PC, but I have no idea where to begin! I am hoping you can help me and tell me exactly what specs I need within the tower to allow the following games to run with decent graphics, no lagging – and run as a PC, where she can do homework, stream, etc.

  • Minecraft
  • GTA
  • Rainbow 6 Siege
  • CS GO
  • Rocket League
  • Phasmophobia
  • Overwatch
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Apex
  • Call of Duty
  • SIMS

Thank you in advance, Kaley!

Hi Kaley,

No problem! First, another bit of info is needed; will you or perhaps your daughter be building this system ground up? Or do you want to take the prebuilt approach?

Either way, we can pick of few of the more demanding titles from the list above to get an idea of what you will want to build this PC around. For this task,

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the tech kids solving life’s problems

Adarsh Ambati, 15, San Jose, California

I started getting interested in coding when I was about 11. I joined a local community lab where biologists and computer scientists come together and conduct experiments. I wanted to join the lab because my brother was really into biology and at the time I wanted to be exactly like him. I was too young to participate in the experiments, so my mentor pushed me more towards coding.


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Then a couple of years ago my mum had a third-degree heart block and had to go to hospital where she was hooked up to so many different wires to monitor her health. But the wires ended up hindering her health because they stopped her moving around. I wanted to make something that could help her and other people feel better by having their mobility restored, while still being able to monitor their vital

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Robots for kids: STEM kits and more tech gifts for hackers of all ages

All the signs were there. If my parents knew then what parents know now, they would have been prepared. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, the maker movement was still far in the future. Robots were something you only saw in movies and awesome TV shows (or as my Mom would often put it, “What in the world are you watching?”). Telling her that Lost in Space wasn’t “in the world” tended to get me the All Powerful Glare of Motherly Annoyance.

But now, if a kid is a natural tinkerer, there are positive outlets for their inclination. There are great STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) kits and toys that can ignite a kid’s interest and focus it on learning, while at the same time making learning fun.

In this guide, we’re focusing mostly on the technology and engineering areas, providing you with some great kits and toys

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Blow your kid’s mind with the VR Universe and Bill Nye’s VR Science kit for the holidays

We’re inching closer to Thanksgiving, which means it’s about time to start thinking about holiday gifts. This year, you can give your kids the gift of science with fully immersive VR experiments. 

Professor Maxwell's VR Universe

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Professor Maxwell’s VR Universe

Two of the coolest gifts for science or space-obsessed kids are Bill Nye’s Virtual Reality Science Kit ($60) and Professor Maxwell’s VR Universe ($50). Both science-based virtual reality experiences include VR goggles and a free mobile app that can be used on any smartphone to make kids feel like they’re floating in deep space or are exploring rocky caves, volcanoes, or waterfalls. 

Related: The best space gifts for kids 2020

Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit

Bill Nye (the Science Guy)’s kit lets kids join Bill in his virtual reality science lab. The kit includes an 80-page book that can be brought to life through the VR goggles, which teaches 30

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Scientists regenerate skin with stem cells to see how DNA defects in kids cause cancer

Scientists regenerate skin with stem cells to see how DNA defects in kids cause cancer
Shown are microscopic images of human epidermis with pluripotent stem cells derived from donated skin cells. The images on the left are epidermis from a healthy control subject, the images at right being from a person with Fanconi anemia. The colorful confocal images (bottom) offer a more superficial view that does not reveal differences between control and FA samples. The black and white electron microscopic images, with 1,000-fold greater magnification, do reveal defects in the FA epidermis. Researchers studying Fanconi anemia-related skin disease and cancer report new data in Cell Stem Cell. Credit: Cincinnati Children’s

Physicians and scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used new stem cell technology to regenerate and study living patient-specific skin in the lab, giving them a precise close up view of how inherited DNA defects cause skin damage and deadly squamous cell carcinoma in children and young adults with Fanconi anemia (FA).


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New Orleans schools struggle to keep kids in class as the pandemic drags on, challenging families | Coronavirus

Lio Schaefer had long struggled with school attendance. Because he was bored and frequently felt ignored in class, he said he often skipped junior year classes at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School.

By the time the coronavirus pandemic hit last spring, Schaefer was in a group home for youths with behavioral problems. When he returned to live with his mother he could have re-enrolled in Sci-High. But worries of contracting the virus, coupled with an online learning platform he had no interest in turned that decision from a maybe to a no.

Coronavirus cases have tripled in New Orleans public schools in a week, prompting district leaders to urge students and staff to limit gatheri…

“Going back to high school just seemed like a bad idea,” the 17-year-old said.

Schaefer’s story is a cautionary tale. Despite massive efforts to ramp up virtual instruction and make learning possible

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BBC Learning and Tynker Collaborate on Coding for Kids with a Next-Generation Education Technology Mini-Computer


BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios and Tynker, a world-leading K-12 creative coding platform have partnered to bring engaging next-generation coding education to students with the BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor, including coding lessons narrated by the star of the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, on November 23, Doctor Who Day.

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BBC Learning and Tynker Collaborate on Coding for Kids with a Next-Generation Education Technology Mini-Computer (Photo: Business Wire)

With the rapid increase in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and smart consumer products, opportunities for bright young minds with coding skills are being created every day. The HiFive Inventor is a visually stunning IoT-enabled hand-shaped mini-computer designed to teach kids how to control robots or interface with IoT systems to investigate the world around them. The BBC HiFive Inventor will be available to order

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Kids Gaming Platform Roblox Faces Hurdles Ahead of Public Listing: Rough Words | Top News

(Please note paragraph four contains language some readers might find offensive)

By Munsif Vengattil and Joseph Menn

BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Profanities and other offensive content that basic word-filtering tools are designed to catch can be found in some game titles and user profiles on children’s gaming platform Roblox, searches of the website show, despite the company’s “no tolerance” policy and assurances it has safeguards to enforce it.

Powered by user-created games, Roblox is on course for a multibillion-dollar stock market debut before year end, riding the lockdown entertainment boom with its appeal as a place for safe fun and interactions for the youngest gamers.

But parenting groups and investors alike said they were concerned about whether the company’s automated systems to moderate content can effectively delete potentially offensive language and images that pop up on the platform.

Simple Google keyword searches of its site – conducted twice by Reuters

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Kids mount a COVID-19 immune response without detection of the SARSCoV-2 virus, case study finds — ScienceDaily

Children in a Melbourne family developed a COVID-19 immune response after chronic exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus from their parents, a new case report has found.

The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Nature Communications, showed that despite close contact with symptomatic infected parents, including one child sharing the parents’ bed, the children repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 and displayed no or minor symptoms.

MCRI’s Dr Shidan Tosif said compared to adults, children with COVID-19 usually have very mild or asymptomatic infection, but the underlying differences between children’s and adults’ immune responses to the virus remained unclear.

The study looked at the immune profile in a Melbourne family of two parents with symptomatic COVID-19 and their three primary school aged children. Before COVID-19 took hold in Australia, the parents attended an interstate wedding without their children. After returning, they developed a cough, congested nose,

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