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A HandsOnSTEM Birthday Party

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

When we talk about birthday party, it always means a lot of fun! Kids usually ask for face painting, balloons, bowling, skating or other games for their birthday parties. But what Thomas, a 10-year-old boy, asked for his birthday party was some fun science experiments with HandsOnSTEM.

A couple of weeks ago, on a warm summer afternoon, Thomas invited 10 kids of similar ages to his birthday party. After lunch, they all sat around a big table at his backyard. Jeffrey Chen, the founder of HandsOnSTEM, brought all the science materials. Children performed two hands-on experiments as part of the birthday celebration for Thomas: “Tornado in a bottle” and “Ice cream in a bag”. More details of these two experiments, as well as others HandsOnSTEM curriculum can be found here.

At the end of the party, every child got a goodie bag from HandsOnSTEM. Instead of candies or small treats that you can buy from party stores, each kid received a special toy: “Nothing Grinder” or “Infinity Cube” that was made using a 3D printer. These 3D printed toys are not only unique, but they also teach some engineering knowledge and expose kids to 3D printing while kids are having fun playing. The Nothing Grinder converts linear movements to circular movements. And the Infinity Cube shows some mathematical properties as well as enhancing 3D special awareness.

If you would like to request similar programs for the next gathering of your children, please send us your request.


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