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Groovy Holiday Bundles Now Available


Are you looking for the perfect gift for the STEMists in your life? Look no further than Groovy Lab in a Box’s new Groovy Holiday Bundles!

Groovy Holiday Bundles

With Groovy Holiday Bundles, you will get a single box delivered to you in time for the holidays, and the grooviness continues in 2015 with one of Groovy Lab in a Box’s subscription plans. Non-recurring prepaid plans are available in 3-, 6- and 12-month plans, and are billed at the time of order. At the end of the subscription period, these plans do not renew.

Even groovier, each plan is bundled with a unique single box at 20% off!

This is a groovy way to give your STEMist the fun of learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) well beyond the holiday season. In fact, both Popular Mechanics and Mothering Magazine have included Groovy Lab in a Box in their 2014 holiday gift guides – so you know it’s a groovy gift for kids! Save time and money this holiday season with Groovy Lab in a Box!

How Groovy Lab in a Box Goes Green

Do you encourage your STEMists to live a “greener” lifestyle?

Whether you are a parent who homeschools your children or a teacher with a classroom of STEMists, teaching children to be eco-friendly and environmentally aware can build lifelong habits that may protect the future of our planet. Groovy Lab in a Box has a mission to be environmentally conscious when planning the supplies and producing the packaging for its monthly-themed science kit. In fact, we try to include green activities to instill an eco-friendly mindset among our STEMists.

How Groovy Lab in a Box Goes Green

“We are always looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint, directly or indirectly, through our packaging and supplies for our monthly themes,” said Katy McCracken, product development specialist for Groovy Lab in a Box.

McCracken says she is a “recyclaholic” when it comes to using materials of any kind.  “I am so pleased that Team Groovy Lab in a Box is continuously working to create a product that is recyclable, reusable or compostable,” says McCracken.  “For example, STEMists will notice a change in the size of their lab notebook—a measure to reduce waste and cut down on the weight of the product, ultimately affecting our carbon footprint.”

A Groovy Green Box

STEMists can count on the Team Groovy Lab in a Box to have considered the environment with each box they receive.  Many STEMists don’t realize that there is more to the friendly, retro Groovy Lab in a Box packaging than meets the eye. First, our lab notebooks are 100% recyclable and biodegradable because they are printed with inks that use vegetable oil as its base.

Additionally, our boxes are made with 100% recycled content with a varying percentage of post-industrial and post-consumer waste.  Our boxes don’t stop there—Groovy boxes are 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable because they are printed with water-based inks. These inks are non-toxic, lead-free and do not contain any heavy metals.

Going Green With Our Supplies

Keep on Turning

“Keep on Turning” groovy box

Many of the supplies included in our science kits are also eco-friendly. For example, the Keep on Turning themed box includes sugar cane bowls.  Intended as a supply for a water wheel activity, the bowls are made from 100% renewable and reclaimed resources. Sugarcane fiber products are BPI-certified compostable and a strong alternative to traditional plastic or polystyrene.

Groovy Eco-Activities

Porch Swing Platform Bird Feeder

“For The Birds” Porch Swing Bird Feeder

In addition to our supplies, we teach about the environment through our blog posts and monthly investigations. In our Groovy and Simple Water Experiments for STEMists blog post, Team Groovy included a Give a Hoot. Don’t Pollute! section presenting STEMists with a challenging experiment on how to clean polluted water.  And, in the For the Birds groovy box, STEMists are presented with an Engineering Design Challenge to design and build a bird feeder that meets the survival needs of local birds using upcycled materials.  The activity prompts STEMists to investigate types of birds in their local area, the bird’s drinking and feeding habits, and what types of bird feeder structures best suit them.

Be sure to check out our cool, retro style Groovy Lab in a Box for the STEMists in your life!  Groovy Lab in a Box contains hours of exciting and fun scientific challenges, many including information and challenges that teach them to be responsible for the planet we live on—the perfect gift for any STEMist!

Cyber Monday Sale For Groovy Lab in a Box


Cyber Monday 2014Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for children, ages 8 and older? Consider Groovy Lab in a Box!

Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly STEM kit that encourages critical thinking, problem solving and  fun! Groovy Lab in a Box incorporates STEM investigations and an Engineering Design Challenge – all designed around the Next Generation Science Standards. Each box has a retro-themed lab notebook and access to the Beyond…in a Box web portal for additional learning.

In fact, Popular Mechanics magazine recently included Groovy Lab in a Box in its 100% Wholesome Holiday Gift Guide – a compilation of some of the best toys that promote scientific inquiry and engineering.

Take advantage of Groovy Lab in a Box’s Cyber Monday sale and check it out for yourself! On December 1 only, you can get 35% off your first month’s subscription. Just use code CYBERSTEMIST at check out. Hurry, this is a one-day sale!

Here’s the link to get started: www.groovylabinabox.com/join-now

GROOVY NOTE: The discount is ONLY for monthly subscriptions (Not valid on 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscriptions, or single box orders).


Popular Mechanics Selects Groovy Lab in a Box For Its Holiday Gift Guide

We are so thrilled and excited to announce that Groovy Lab in a Box has been selected by Popular Mechanics magazine for its “The 100% Wholesome Holiday Toy Guide.” The Popular Mechanics guide showcases toys that encourage critical thinking, problem solving and fun.
Popular Mechanics holiday gift guide

“We are so honored and humbled to be included in Popular Mechanics,” said Elaine Hansen, co-founder of Groovy Lab in a Box. “Having Popular Mechanics review our box, and acknowledge it as wholesome for children, validates what we are trying to accomplish with Groovy Lab in a Box.”

In their review of Groovy Lab in a Box, Popular Mechanics remarked that every box “is filled with projects that promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills” and that “each theme box includes everything kids need” to complete the investigations and engineering design challenge.

“We are thrilled that Popular Mechanics said our product promotes scientific inquiry and allows children to have fun while learning about STEM,” said Monica Canavan, co-founder of Groovy Lab in a Box. “We hope parents and grandparents will see Groovy Lab in a Box as the perfect holiday gift for the STEMists in their lives.”

Groovy Lab in a Box has many delivery methods, including single box orders, gift certificates and a monthly subscription service. Visit www.groovylabinabox.com for details on how to order. For more information about Popular Mechanics, visit www.popularmechanics.com.

Groovy: One Word, Total Grooviness

When you hear the word, “Groovy”, what image comes to mind?  If you are like many Americans, groovy conjures up flashes of flower power, smiley faces, peace signs, bell bottoms, mini-skirts and go-go boots.  Others may think about the excitement surrounding the space program and the Apollo missions—a time where science and technology became part of pop culture. Groovy: One Word, Total Grooviness

Whichever image pops in your mind when you hear the word ‘groovy’, the way it makes you feel is most important – and why we choose to call our product, Groovy Lab in a Box.  We designed our retro-style box to evoke excitement in your STEMists. Because children are natural engineers, Groovy Lab in a Box blends Scientific Inquiry and the Engineering Design Process, which allows children to create ingenious inventions, enhance critical problem solving skills, and have FUN. We want modern-day STEMists to be just as excited about science as children were during the Apollo Era.

Defining Groovy

A term that means tubular, excellence, awesome and cool, Groovy is considered a slang colloquialism— a word, phrase or other form used in informal language. Although the term in its original usage has largely vanished from everyday use, it has not disappeared from our language entirely.

Groovy derives from the word, “groove,” which was originally defined as a mining shaft or pit. According to the Word Detective, though, “groove” took on a new meaning by 1902. “Groove” was being used to mean the spiral track on the surface of a phonograph record in which the needle rides.

By the 1960’s and early 70’s, “groovy” took on its more modern-day definition of being something awesome. An example of ‘groovy’ in use may have looked like this:

Girl 1: Groovy outfit, Susie!

Girl 2: Did you catch Jimmy’s groovy hairstyle in school today?

Groovey During The Jazz Era

Although in today’s society, “groovy” is more commonly associated with the late 1960s and early 1970s era, “groovy” emerged on the scene more than 30 years earlier in the jazz subculture. According to American Speech (1937), the term, “‘Groovey,’ applied to state of mind that is conducive to good playing.”  In the 1930’s, “groovey” included an ‘e’ before the ‘y’ in its spelling.  ‘Groovey’ was a word typically used by jazz musicians when referring to their music as effortless, smooth and being “in the groove.” In other words, the musicians were producing the music as easily, fluently and flawlessly as a phonograph needle following the grooves on a record.

First Recorded Uses of Groovy

The first recorded use of “groovy” in its slang context goes back to September 30, 1941, on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, when band leader Billy Mills used it to describe his summer vacation. Then, in the 1942 film Miss Annie Rooney, a teenage Shirley Temple uses the term as she impresses Dickie Moore with her jitterbug moves.

In the 1945 film Miracle on 34th Street, “groovey” was included in film advertising.

Moving into the 1960s, “groovey” could be found on Simon & Garfunkel’s original record cover of the 1965 release of the single “The Sound of Silence” with “We’ve Got a Groovey Thing Goin’ ” on its flipside.  The following year, another Simon & Garfunkel hit kept “groovy” in the mainstream, “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).”

Now that you know the skinny on the term “Groovy,” consider getting your STEMists groove on with Groovy Lab in a Box. Our monthly-themed boxes will bring out the grooviness in every STEMist!

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