Einstein in a Box

Welcome to Einstein in a Box! We are so excited for the discoveries children will find both in our box and in THEMSELVES!

Einstein in a Box is full of everything a child needs to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments. Our monthly box activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation as we guide children through “SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY & the ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS.” It’s probably something a little bit different from other experiments experienced in the past. Each month features all the supplies needed to complete activities, experiments, and design challenges outlined in our custom, subject specific lab notebook along with FUN web based learning in “Beyond...in a Box” found on our website.

Why STEM? Children champion the “Art of the Question” and are natural born engineers; they see a need, investigate how to acquire the need, choose, test, and redesign solutions each and every day. We take children beyond simple regurgitation of facts and figures with the integration of content and application which reflects how science and engineering is practiced in the real world; in tandem with content knowledge – not in a vacuum.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are used as a guide to ensure that our products supplement the learning that takes place in the classroom and at home. Science concepts build coherently from each Einstein in a Box monthly experience. The emphasis is a focused and coherent progression of knowledge from grade band to grade band, allowing for a dynamic process of building knowledge which complements a child’s entire science education.

If children are “engineering” their very own original designs, then they are doing the “E” in STEM. It’s the application of their prior knowledge in science, mathematics, and utilization of technology that they apply in order to create!

All children are natural “STEMists!”

STEM•ist /stĕmʹĭst/ n. Expert in applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Creator, explorer, inventor…STEMist!

Einstein in a Box
Science That Grows With You!
A product of Academics in a Box Inc

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Do your #STEMists know what these are? Cool pay phone ad from the 1980’s.

Guess what’s shipping in 2 days? Our “Moon Dance” box! There’s still time to start your subscription and join the #STEM fun! ——>http://www.academicsinabox.com/Einstein-In-A-Box-s/1815.htm

Wow! National Geographic photographer Colleen Pinski captured this solar eclipse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Thanks to Lost At E Minor for finding this cool picture!

We are delighted to receive such a raving review from “Life Your Way - Intentional and Creative Living” by Mandi Ehman!#STEMists designed and built a dance pad …”Their Way!” 

Here’s a snippet of what Mandi said:

Einstein in a Box isn’t just science. Drawing from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), each box contains a STEM project using the Engineering Design Process. If you’re not familiar with STEM, it’s an area of study that combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics since those disciplines are all closely intertwined as it is. In addition, the Engineering Design Process holds students to a variety of standards as they work on their project, giving them the opportunity to engage their imaginations and apply critical thinking.”

Make sure to check out Mandi’s blog post for an Einstein in a Box giveaway.

STEMists, have you ever tried dipping a whole uncooked egg into a cup of vinegar?

After two days in vinegar, the egg shell completely dissolves, revealing a kind of jellied egg.

Try this activity with a boiled egg and you’ll find a kind of rubber egg emerges which is larger than the original egg in the shell. This egg and vinegar activity is really fun. But eating the final result is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN…remember SAFETY FIRST! 

We hope you enjoy this fun egg and vinegar activity with your STEM family and friends! 

Happy Easter, #STEMists! Did you know dyeing Easter eggs is a scientific process? Check out this cool video to learn how:

Science and art go hand in hand. Love this quote!

STEM Apps Beyond the Classroom
Are you concerned that your child spends too much time playing meaningless games on the smartphone or tablet? Don’t fret! Apple features over 65,000 educational apps, designed specifically for the iOS platform that reaches all levels of education.  But, with so many apps to choose from, parents may find it challenging to know which apps are best for their children.  Here are a few apps that teach STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) material that are educational, but fun and entertaining.  
Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Kalani Games and the Heirs of Rube Goldberg and published by Unity Games
Age: 8+
Where to download: iTunes App Store; Google Play; Amazon App Store; Mac App Store
This app combines puzzles, humor and creative problem solving in a whimsical environment.  Users enter the wacky world of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) to learn the logic of physics through the connection of oddball items, inventing machines that solve problems.  
Tinkerbox HD by Autodesk, the creators of AutoCad and other engineering tools
Age: 10+
Where to download: iTunes App Store
Moving away from whimsy, Tinkerbox uses an industrial-looking design in its app.  The physics-based puzzler and engineering tool assists users to create their own virtual inventions. STEMists and their parents will dive into this app to learn engineering basics, mechanical concepts and other science facts.  Machines built in the Invent mode can be shared with friends. Plus, high scores on the physics puzzle game can be shared through the Game Center’s social network, if desired.
iLiveMath Animals in Africa by iHomeEducator
Age: 6+
Where to download: iTunes App Store
Animal lovers should check out iLiveMath Animals in Africa  . This app combines math word problems with the enjoyment of learning about the lives of animals in Africa.  This app uses entertaining pictures, videos and sound to help first- through sixth-grade students gain mathematical confidence by answering questions related to some of their favorite animals!
Solar Walk: 3D Solar System Model by Vito Technology
Age: 8+
Download: iTunes App Store
The recent reintroduction of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos on ABC primetime programming has children and adults all over the country interested in the universe and all its wonders, once again.  Astronaut wannabes and space enthusiasts will get lost in the awesome graphics of Solar Walk.  Rated a best app of 2010, 2011, 2012 by Apple, Solar Walk is a spectacular model of the solar system displaying planets and satellites with remarkable detail and accuracy. Users navigate through space and time with scrolling, tapping, and zooming capabilities. 3D graphics highlight and complement learning about planet composition, trajectory, temperature, history, and more.  Plus, users can study the layers below the surface with views from various angels.
Solar Walk’s 3D mode can be connected to a 3D television or viewed with red/blue 3D glasses. Click here to get them for free online or make them yourself! 
Other Apps to Mention
Space enthusiasts of all ages also might like to experience NASA’s free app, which offers a news feed on the latest news in the science community, information on each space mission, entertaining videos on space travels, and much more.
Montessori Geometry, by Les Trois Elles Interactive also is ideal for children 5 to 10 years old. This app, designed by Montessori teachers, offers multiple levels of instruction through 3D graphics, and teaches about the different shapes, definitions and vocabulary associated with geometry. 
Engineers Decide by author and educator David Janoszis an interactive iBook ideal for STEMISTs age five through ten. This iBook is all about things engineers do. It encourages children to apply their imagination to create new things that make our lives better. Full of colorful artwork and interactive videos, Engineers Decide is a wonderful way to show how engineering careers shape our lives, inspiring the next generation of STEMists to get excited about STEM.

STEM Apps Beyond the Classroom

Are you concerned that your child spends too much time playing meaningless games on the smartphone or tablet? Don’t fret! Apple features over 65,000 educational apps, designed specifically for the iOS platform that reaches all levels of education.  But, with so many apps to choose from, parents may find it challenging to know which apps are best for their children.  Here are a few apps that teach STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) material that are educational, but fun and entertaining. 

Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Kalani Games and the Heirs of Rube Goldberg and published by Unity Games

Age: 8+

Where to download: iTunes App Store; Google Play; Amazon App Store; Mac App Store

This app combines puzzles, humor and creative problem solving in a whimsical environment.  Users enter the wacky world of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) to learn the logic of physics through the connection of oddball items, inventing machines that solve problems. 


Tinkerbox HD by Autodesk, the creators of AutoCad and other engineering tools

Age: 10+

Where to download: iTunes App Store

Moving away from whimsy, Tinkerbox uses an industrial-looking design in its app.  The physics-based puzzler and engineering tool assists users to create their own virtual inventions. STEMists and their parents will dive into this app to learn engineering basics, mechanical concepts and other science facts.  Machines built in the Invent mode can be shared with friends. Plus, high scores on the physics puzzle game can be shared through the Game Center’s social network, if desired.


iLiveMath Animals in Africa by iHomeEducator

Age: 6+

Where to download: iTunes App Store

Animal lovers should check out iLiveMath Animals in Africa  . This app combines math word problems with the enjoyment of learning about the lives of animals in Africa.  This app uses entertaining pictures, videos and sound to help first- through sixth-grade students gain mathematical confidence by answering questions related to some of their favorite animals!


Solar Walk: 3D Solar System Model by Vito Technology

Age: 8+

Download: iTunes App Store

The recent reintroduction of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos on ABC primetime programming has children and adults all over the country interested in the universe and all its wonders, once again.  Astronaut wannabes and space enthusiasts will get lost in the awesome graphics of Solar Walk.  Rated a best app of 2010, 2011, 2012 by Apple, Solar Walk is a spectacular model of the solar system displaying planets and satellites with remarkable detail and accuracy. Users navigate through space and time with scrolling, tapping, and zooming capabilities. 3D graphics highlight and complement learning about planet composition, trajectory, temperature, history, and more.  Plus, users can study the layers below the surface with views from various angels.

Solar Walk’s 3D mode can be connected to a 3D television or viewed with red/blue 3D glasses. Click here to get them for free online or make them yourself!


Other Apps to Mention

Space enthusiasts of all ages also might like to experience NASA’s free app, which offers a news feed on the latest news in the science community, information on each space mission, entertaining videos on space travels, and much more.

Montessori Geometry, by Les Trois Elles Interactive also is ideal for children 5 to 10 years old. This app, designed by Montessori teachers, offers multiple levels of instruction through 3D graphics, and teaches about the different shapes, definitions and vocabulary associated with geometry.

Engineers Decide by author and educator David Janoszis an interactive iBook ideal for STEMISTs age five through ten. This iBook is all about things engineers do. It encourages children to apply their imagination to create new things that make our lives better. Full of colorful artwork and interactive videos, Engineers Decide is a wonderful way to show how engineering careers shape our lives, inspiring the next generation of STEMists to get excited about STEM.

Sneak Peek of this month’s “Moon Dance” box! Order now because boxes ship on the 25th! This month’s Engineering Design Challenge is to design and build a two lens telescope that expands and contracts. Your #STEMists will love it!

Start your subscription athttp://www.academicsinabox.com/Einstein-In-A-Box-s/1815.htm.

Amazing if you think about it….

Amazing if you think about it….