Science in a box: STEM kit subscriptions deliver

Science in a box: STEM kit subscriptions deliver

OAKLAND — Receiving a package in the mail remains a big thrill for many people, especially for kids.

And like many kids, my six- and eight-year-old daughters seem to have as much fun, if not more, with the box than with what comes inside of it. They will take a box and build cities, make pieces of art and turn sheets of cardboard into everything from animals to vehicles. Often, their creations eventually get knocked over, stepped on and destroyed, and then replaced by other works that come from their minds and hands.

The point is that creativity comes from unexpected places. And, since creativity can come from something as simple as a cardboard box, it makes sense to put something in that box that can also spark children’s imagination. For a parent, a monthly subscription that delivers such projects can be an easy way to get kids interested in science, technology or other subjects, and not just the box they came in.