Both kids did a mad science camp week at the end of summer and Scarlet often says she wants to be a scientist or doctor when she grows up. Des is also science-minded, but I think it’s important to help our young girls and daughters use scientific thinking at a young age. For Scarlet, she was enrolled in a STEM class in preschool. Des was too! Now that they’re six and nine, in 1st and 4th grades, I feel like it’s more important than ever to foster a natural love for science, math, and the like.
What is it? Hololab is a monthly subscription box of augmented reality science learning activities for kids, and each Hololab box contains 5+ experiments and 10+ AR learning activities. Each Hololab science kit contains an awesome hands-on science project. The science kit is packed with experiments to do, projects to build, and challenges to overcome. There’s a new fun science topic every month if you subscribe to Hololab’s monthly science kits! Each science kit also contains fun augmented reality (AR) learning games and lessons. This is where it gets really exciting for Scarlet.
AR is an exciting new technology that lets anyone interact with virtual objects in the real world. What you do is download the Hololab app, and follow the instructions on how to use the phone with the viewer. Then you enter a new world!
Our take? I was so afraid I was going to get dizzy using the AR, but I didn’t! It’s totally cool for kids. Scarlet was super responsive to the prompts and challenges. She could describe what she was seeing and doing and learning.
My kids don’t yet get a lot of screen time at home so when they do, I’m really happy to turn it into science time. This is basically the stuff of my childhood dreams. AR was only something I could start to imagine when I was a kid. With Hololab, the product brings immersive AR and STEM learning experiences right into our home. It’s also so cool that it engages all the senses. For my kids, having both AR activities and physical science experiments was a real plus. It’s the best of everything, and the best way to learn. It’s hands-on science at home. And it helps in different ways.
Then, the real life experiment reinforces that learning by putting those concepts to the test. So together, it’s one immersive lesson that a normal classroom can’t provide. And each month, there’s a whole new challenge and topic.
For Des, the winner was the rubber band plane. It’s pretty much the stuff of all little kid dreams – a plane that you “wind up” and then let go through the house. It has such a nice flight pattern and it’s fun to figure out how to spin it to not crash into your house and to not go too fast or too slow. Definitely a winning project for the family.
There are so many STEM, emotional, and learning benefits.
- It’s a unique product that will make both kids and parents happy.
The toy can teach kids at an early age how much fun learning can be.
It’s a new technology.
It’s a lengthy engagement. I’d say we got a good five hours of learning/play in with one box in one week.
It’s a perfect tool to teach problem solving skills.