Between splashing in the pool and catching fireflies, have the kids boost their science skills this summer by building a space shuttle. It’s fun and challenging with an Eitech construction set designed especially for youngsters. German toy maker Eitech has been getting kids to open the box and build incredible toys since 1955. This season kids might gravitate to erecting the Eitech Eiffel Tower Construction Set ($49.99) or Eitech Deluxe Space Shuttle Set ($279.99). Girls and boys relish the world of science when introduced through fun and games.
Science toys are a perfect way to introduce concepts like engineering. The focus on studying S.T.E.M. subjects has gained momentum in just the last five years, especially for girls. First Lady Michelle Obama was quoted as saying, “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”
Eitech toys have been introducing those concepts to European children for decades and now American youth can join the STEM bandwagon. Using their fine motor skills to snap or screw together interchangeable parts, kids become little engineers in an afternoon of toying with age-appropriate tools. The full-color illustrated instructions allow youngsters to build by themselves although it’s always fun when a parent or older sibling joins in.
The “Basic” category steel sets are ideal for ages 6 and up as they expand their creativity and imagination to comprehend the basics of metal building. “Classic” construction kits allow ages 8 and up to play with gears, remote controls and motors.
Grownups who have watched their family members build Eitech kits happily share their experiences online at websites like yoyo.com. “Product quality is unquestionable,” one dad typed about the Deluxe Solar Powered Construction Set ($124.99 for 300 pieces). “It makes you have a good feeling to receive such a good product. The Germans build stuff right and pay attention to detail even when people aren’t looking!”
Agreed another father on the same item, “My son is a thinker and loves being challenged. He really wanted an advance Lego building kit, but I wanted to try this Eitech Deluxe Solar Powered Construction Set. I have to say… this kid can not leave this alone. He loves the challenge of building and the kits. He’s now using his creativity to build his own project. Great Project Kit! One of the best investments I ever made.”The German engineered toys come in five categories — Basic, Classic, Exclusive, Solar and Experimental. No matter what age or interest level, Eitech has the perfect kit. As the themed sets spark a love for engineering, kids can try supplementing Eitech accessory packs to any Eitech model for added fun. Interchange a variety of spare parts, motors, and solar panels to make the Classic or Exclusive sets even more exciting. At their U.S. website, www.eitechtoys.com, look for the link to supplemental parts to purchase extra gears, motors or even an LED flashing light set!
About the Robot I Tried
Build a bionic person, bring it to life, and tear it apart again! Made of stainless steel, the Eitech Robot Construction Set includes over 120 parts that will make a minimum of 2 robot models. A flashing LED adds extra robotic touch. Advanced builders can develop three dimensional thinking that promotes creativity and learning while at the same time having fun! Step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. This educational building block set is designed for kids to exercise their hands-on skills, imagination and cognitive performance by assembling a robot with the included parts.
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