Groovy Solar Energy Structures

STEMists are learning at an early age that going green is groovy.  Whether it’s the type of family car they use, where their food is grown, or how their house is built, STEMists are being groomed to upgrade to an eco-friendly world.  Solar power is no different! Even though architects have been using passive solar energy for centuries, solar panels …

Catapults for Kids – Capture STEM Fun

Polaroid picture of a Lego catapult with child in the back ground. Caption in Polaroid picture has Capture Summertime Fun with Catapults for the title of the blog post. Groovy Lab in a Box logo is in the bottom right corner and the www.groovylabinabox.com website address is listed along the bottom of the picture. Kid using the engineering design process.

Catapults are fun for kids! Supplement and enrich physics concepts while kids build various catapults and practice their engineering design process skills! Why not build a catapult? Kids love to watch objects fly through the air, across the room or in the yard. Try these easy catapults for kids activities! In addition, the materials are easily found around the house and …

Groovy Lab in a Box Wins Prestigious Parents’ Choice® Award

The ‘Lunar Launch’ box wins silver in the Spring 2014 Toys list May 21, 2014: Anaheim, CA: Academics in a Box today announced that its Lunar Launch box has won the silver award from the Parents’ Choice® Foundation, the U.S.’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys. The silver award is the second highest distinction given by the …

4 Activities To Beat Summertime Boredom

The academic year is coming to an end.  Some children will head to summer camp; others will stay at home.  Whatever your STEMists are scheduled to do this summer, you should be well prepared for the time when you hear, “Mom, I’m bored!”  Here are four go-to activities when you hear these words. Make a Lava Bottle Kids of all …

Flying Fruit and Other Matter

Kids have been engineering catapults since the dawn of time.  Whether they build a contraption, or simply used a paper clip and a rubber band to launch a grape, toy soldier, marshmallow, or other weapon of choice, catapulting objects fosters creative play may lead young STEMists to engineering.  Local festivals often have catapulting or trebucheting events that gain the interest …