Getting festive with perfect STEM gifts for young girls

On this week’s Tech Watch on Women to Watch with Sue Rocco, Mary Manzo reaches out to parents with suggestions of affordable holiday gifts that could spark a young girl’s interests in the field of STEM. With so much future opportunity in the Technology Industry, getting girls interested at an early age, without forcing it on them is key. To foster a love for something, it needs to become a part of everyday life.To assist, Mary did a little research to provide you with some cool gift ideas for girls.

Yellow Scope has STEM kits for different age groups and is a company formed by two moms who are scientists that met while volunteering at their daughters’ school. Their kits are reasonably priced and focus on STEM learning activities. Since they’re moms of daughters, you know they’ve taken what interests girls into consideration and applied to their products.

Learning Resource also makes awesome early learning STEM toys. Their moto is: Turn “I think I can” into “I know I can!” One of Mary’s favored toys is the STEM toy Botely – the coding robot Geared to ages 5 and up. Botley is Completely screen-free coding: which means no phone or tablet is used. Botley is not only cute and adorable but teaches the basics of coding through active play. Botley is perfect for promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Even Crayola recognizes the importance of STEM activities and has created the Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set for ages 7 & up. It includes 16 out of the box experiments & 34 additional activities with easy instructions that parents can do with their children.

All these gifts ideas can be purchased on Amazon and have affordable options. It’s never too late to spark a young girl’s interest in STEM! If you’re looking for some more great gift ideas, you can email Mary at

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