Startup Markets DIY STEM Projects for Kids
A new startup is providing easy-to-make electronics
designed to help children between the ages of 5 and 12 make things and,
process, expand their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and
KitHub has launched a wide variety of kits that range from a "make your toys talk" project to an "underwater microphone"
the former, kids can record their own voices and sounds, create simple
with common household items and make their toys come to life. The
microphone kit allows children to listen to the world underwater — be it
ocean, a lake or their own bathtub, recording their findings and sharing
Other kits have allowed children to build their own
robots, light-up Valentine's Day cards and interactive games.
Brian Bettle and his 8-year-old son built a robot
with a cup,
pipe cleaners, googly eyes, LED lights and a small motor.
"The biggest thing my son is learning is how things
how to make stuff," Bettle said.
The kits are designed to take 30 to 60 minutes to
come in categories according to age and skill levels.
KitHub is the brainchild of two Los Angeles-based
Tara Tiger Brown, founder of the nonprofit LA
Makerspace, and Luz Rivas,
founder of DIY Girls.
They partner with toymakers and teachers to create new
kits on a monthly basis.
By going to their Web
site, teachers and parents can order the
kits (which range from $12.95 to $49.95 but cluster in the $20-$25
KitHub offers discounts for teachers who use them in their classes along
appropriate curriculum materials. Teachers can also sign up
subscription package and receive kits on a monthly basis.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.