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

The ‘Lunar Launch’ box wins silver in the Spring 2014 Toys list

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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 Parents’ Choice Foundation. Only about 20 percent of all entries get listed on the foundation’s six award levels.

“Being selected as a silver award winner by the Parents’ Choice Foundation is a remarkable honor,” said Monica Canavan, co-founder of Groovy Lab in a Box. “It validates our hard work, dedication and overall mission: to provide fun, hands-on STEM learning to children to enrich their lives.”

In their review of the Lunar Launch box, Parents’ Choice remarked that “Lunar Launch models science processes, and teaches kids how to track and record in a scientific manner.” The review also stated how they looked forward to seeing kids brainstorm, refine and test their rockets.

“We designed the Lunar Launch box to teach children about Newton’s Laws of Inertia,” explained Elaine Hansen, co-founder of Groovy Lab in a Box. “The children build balloon rockets, paper rockets and foam rockets to understand how the different laws apply to their investigations.”

The investigations culminate into an engineering design challenge, where children must create their own canister rocket, applying what they have learned from the investigations. The Lunar Launch box contains all of the materials needed for the investigations and engineering design challenge, including a lab notebook, which guides the children through the investigations.

The Lunar Launch box, along with several other STEM-related boxes, is available for order as a single-box option. Additionally, parents can subscribe to Groovy Lab in a Box to receive monthly boxes in the mail.

For more information about the Parents’ Choice Foundation, visit www.parents-choice.org.

About Groovy Lab in a Box

Groovy Lab in a Box, a product of Academics in a Box, is a comprehensive monthly STEM subscription service available for children, ages eight and up. Groovy Lab in a Box is the brainchild of scientists, parents, educators and business owners who have worked in the private sector of the science community.  Our purpose is to provide children with an opportunity to apply his/her imagination, determination and innately inquisitive nature by offering a monthly STEM project using the Engineering Design Process. Each Groovy Lab in a Box gives children the opportunity to engage their imaginations, apply critical thinking, and most importantly, have fun while learning. For more information, visit us at www.GroovyLabinaBox.com.

Our Boxes Are Much More Than Science Supplies

What problems have you solved today?  Every day we are challenged with solving problems, and as adults, we don’t think about the process that goes into finding a solution because we have years of practice. We learned at an early age to be problem solvers.

Groovy Lab in a Box wants to help children be problem solvers too. We foster creative innovation of children, beginning in their early informative years, by enticing their innate curiosity and determination through the engineering design process.

What is the Engineering Design Process?

Engineering Design Process

NASA’s example of the Engineering Design Process “involves a series of steps that lead to the development of a new product or system.” In fact, all engineering design processes start with the identification of a problem, or asking of a question to a solution or conclusion.  Educators around the world use varying steps in a design process.

Here’s How We Do It

Each month STEMists receive a subscription box that focuses on a certain theme. The box provides all the supplies necessary to complete the investigations, experiments and design challenge outlined in a retro-style custom, subject-specific lab notebook.  However, our boxes don’t stop there. Through the contents of our boxes, we encourage children to channel their inner STEMists, guiding them through the steps of the engineering design process.

What is a STEMist?

STEM•ist /stĕmʹĭst/ n. Expert in applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Explorer, creator, inventor… STEMist!

In fact, the engineering design process is central for completing the activities in the box.  For example, in the Lunar Launch groovy box, STEMists investigate by researching what others have done and inspecting the materials supplied to design the three types of rockets they will build in their challenge—a balloon rocket, paper rocket and foam rocket.  Also included in the Lunar Launch box are balloons, paperclips, tape measure, pencils, the lab notebook, a clothes pin, scissors, and other necessary items needed to do all the investigations and engineering design challenge.

Next, children brainstorm on how they should complete each task based on the information they learned and discuss creative ways to design their project.  Then, they will plan how to build the design.  Once the STEMists build the design, they test their design, and observe and record the results.  The last step is to redesign it to fix any problems that may have occurred in their first design.  Our STEMists go through this process with each of the activities, putting to good use the groovy lab notebook that guides them through the engineering design process. 

Lunar Launch Groovy Lab in a Box

Groovy Lab in a Box has closely aligned its mission with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in teaching STEM to students.  STEM education and learning through the engineering design process is imperative to our future.  Groovy Lab in a Box, like many educational organizations and STEM-driven companies, agree that America is behind other major-playing countries in teaching and learning STEM.

Thinking Outside of the Box

Our lessons don’t stop with the box delivered to our STEMist’s doors.  All STEMists continue learning through access to “Beyond…in a Box,” a unique web portal containing videos and interactive activities to supplement what they are learning through the box projects.

Groovy Lab in a Box challenges children to create their own designs by using the engineering design process and to think outside the box.  This is how we learn to be successful creative problem solvers, and we are excited to play a part in STEMists’ creativity and learning.

Start your subscription today, or check out our Single Box Order options, to get Groovy Lab in a Box for your STEMists!

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