Huffpost Parents

7 STEM Gift Ideas For Girls

Posted: Updated:

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Doing some last-minute holiday shopping?

There are some amazing toys and gifts on the market today that celebrate being a woman in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and help build these skills in girls. (No more T-shirts like this, PLEASE.) So this holiday season, we've compiled a list of our favorites to help keep you out of that god-forsaken pink aisle, and inspire a young woman in your life.

  • 1
    littleBits' Electronic Building Kits
    littleBits
    Encourage her not just to use technology, but to build her own! littleBits is a great way to introduce building with electronics. They sell 4 different project kits, and over 50 different Bits™ Modules and accessories to customize your project. It's the new LEGO, but cooler. There's even a page of crowdsourced project ideas to inspire you to start building.
  • 2
    Artologica's Science-y Art
    Artologica
    The Science Online community loves Artologica's science-inspired art, and it's easy to see why. Something about watercolor really lends itself to science art, and the neurons, blood cells, and bacteria depicted in Michele Banks' collections are both vibrant and intriguing. You can even request a custom order.
  • 3
    Romotive's iPhone Robot
    Romo is "a smartphone robot that uses your iPhone as its brain." Kids can program Romo to interact with you and its environment using "if, then" commands. It's a great way to educate kids on the basics of robotics, and look at it -- it's adorable!
  • 4
    BlackMilk Clothing's Space-Themed Apparel
    BlackMilk Clothing
    For the more mature science-lovers on your list, BlackMilk Clothing sells a few different versions of galaxy leggings and swimsuits. The best part is the prints are made from actual NASA space photos. The print shown here is of a reflection galaxy in the Rosette Nebula.
  • 5
    GoldieBlox's Construction Sets
    Goldie Blox are construction toys created to promote invention and engineering skills in girls. You may have seen one or two of their awesome viral video ads. You can mix and match parts, and even build your own Rube Goldberg contraption like this enthusiastic little girl.
  • 6
    Amorphia Apparel's 'Badass Women of Science' Tees
    Amorphia Apparel
    Amorphia Apparel created some really great 'Badass Women of Science' graphic tees to celebrate Ada Lovelace day last year. There are lots more colors and styles than the ones that are shown here. What a great way to represent the under-appreciated female voices of science!
  • 7
    Roominate's Dollhouse Kits
    Roominate
    Roominate lets girls play architect to build their own dream house. They design it, build it, and then electrify it to make it come alive. The idea comes from two female engineers from Stanford that are on a mission to inspire the next wave of female technology innovators.

Did we miss something awesome? Tweet @beccabigwords, or leave a comment below.

Around the Web

STEM gift ideas for kids 12.19.2013 | AL.com - Photos from the AL ...

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Science, Tech, Engineering & Math (STEM ...

Educational Toys for Kids: 7 Construction Sets that Teach STEM ...

Gift Guide 2013: Top Learning Toys for Building STEM Skills

The Maker Mom: Hot Holiday STEM and Tech Gifts for Kids (Boys ...

Gift Guide for Geeks: 10 kid-friendly, last-minute presents to encourage STEM ...