Raise Your Children to Be Creative, Complex Problem Solvers

Make your Family a STEM Family

We help parents bring STEM into their home, to empower their kids to be creative, innovative, and tech-friendly.

Use STEM Family to equip your kids with key skills to thrive as they grow up: computational thinking, design thinking, and systems thinking.

 
 

Teach your kids key concepts of computer science, design, and technology -- all through affordable + lightweight play

Our Latest + Greatest Activity Recipes and Reviews

We have created these STEM activities to be:

  • Screen-Free: They are about learning in real life, not with a device
  • Lightweight: They are easy and quick for parents to do
  • Affordable: They are free or very low cost
  • Playful:They are fun and interactive to do together
November 27, 2018

Bringing Pattern Recognition Into Ice Hockey

This is a game to play as you encourage your child to learn new sports.
November 27, 2018

Brainstorming with Little Interior Designer

Instead of designing the room yourself, invite your child to be a part of it and share his/her fresh ideas with you.
November 26, 2018

Human Algorithm Design

Even if you are not aware, you intuitively create and apply algorithms in your daily life.
November 22, 2018

Empathy Map

Empathy map is a powerful tool to use while interviewing with parents.
November 15, 2018

The Little Television Host of Stem Family Channel

It is going to be so much! It is time to perform as a guest speaker together with your T.V. host child.
November 11, 2018

Computational Dietitian In Your Home

This is a game to play as you decide to go on a diet.
November 8, 2018

Analyzing Code as Data while Finding Hotel Room

You child will learn to recognize, create, and extend pattern recognition through hotel room experiment
November 4, 2018

Recognizing Musical Talent in Your Child while Computational Performing

When considering fun things to do with children, one of the most exciting options is acting, dancing, and singing together.
October 31, 2018

Data-driven approach to soccer coaching for little goalkeeper

You child will utilize computational and design thinking approaches while playing soccer
October 29, 2018

Planting a Garden as a Little Computational Gardener

Child relates the concept of Bubble Sort Algorithm back to real-life experience with siblings, parents, and friends.
October 25, 2018

Machine Learning: Fruit and vegetable labeling

Grocery shopping with your little one to teach data labeling
October 23, 2018

Organizing Mails Insertion Sort Algorithm

When mailman drops off mail(s), fun and educating Insertion Sort Algorithm game begins.
October 23, 2018

Ultimate Back Packing Game

Brings the computational logic to the art of backpack packing, including, prefetching and caching.
October 21, 2018

Backtrack For Lost Object

You and your child apply backtracking approach.
October 20, 2018

The Merge Sort Algorithm Birthday Party

Arrange and order things (or, in this case, party guests) by comparing ages via the Merge Sort Algorithm.
October 17, 2018

Who is the tallest person in your family?

Child relates the concept of Bubble Sort Algorithm back to real-life experience with siblings, parents, and friends.
October 11, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Assistant Game

Explore artificial intelligence and think computationally to abstract your questions and make things concrete instead of abstract.
September 1, 2018

Screenprinting to learn patterns

As the kids get older, we can start doing more interesting computational crafts. Today we were trying out making patterns, by using stencils and screen-printing too […]
July 1, 2018

2 year old crib climbing contract

How do you solve a problem like crib-escapes? We are trying to draw out the rules and talk them through.
May 5, 2018

Family Skate Painting

we created a game to paint a giant board together with our feet
April 24, 2018

Sorting coins with a Pattern Game

If you have a large pile of coins around, you can use it as a Pattern Game with your toddler. It’s a great way for them […]
January 28, 2018

Kitchen table interviews

Help your kids develop empathy with this interview activity
December 31, 2017

Read to your kids like a Designer Would

Over the holiday break, we have been burning through all of our books in our kids books library. So we decided to take a shot at […]
December 30, 2017

Computational Exercise Game

Work out together while learning about Loops, Conditional Statements, and Sequences
December 27, 2017
Wall gallery of kids art

Making a home art gallery

Time to make all your family drawings and art come alive with a home gallery
December 27, 2017

Stamping out shape patterns

learn systems and visual design by making patterns out of stamp shapes
December 22, 2017

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series)

This book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kid, is a straightforward  step-by-step guide for planning a Science Lab in your home kitchen. The science activities are simple, […]
December 17, 2017

The Costco Dance Game for Computational Thinking

Sequence a dance with your child, for a store you visit all the time
November 26, 2017

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book: a STEM Family review

Today we review Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. We were delighted to see a workbook version of the excellent Rosie Revere, Engineer storybook. […]
November 21, 2017

Stop Itching with Systems Thinking Loops

Break the cycles of itching by using systems thinking loops to show bad vs. good behavior

The STEM Family Learning Pathway

  • Computational Thinking

    Get your kid thinking like a computer scientist, not by sitting in front of a screen, but by interacting with you in short games to learn Loops, Conditional Statements, Sequences, Algorithms -- and other key computational thinking concepts that will help them learn to code. Go to Computational Thinking activity recipes
  • Design Thinking

    Bring out your child's creativity and experimentation by leading them through Design Thinking activities. You'll be helping them develop Empathy, Visualization, Prototyping, Iteration, and other essential skills to build their confidence and unleash their ingenuity. Go to Design Thinking activity recipes
  • Systems Thinking

    How do we make the world a better place? If you teach your kid the basics of Systems Thinking, you can help them understand complexity, cause and effect, and dynamics of the systems we live in. You'll help them understand Behavior Loops, Patterns, Diagrams, and other key tools to understand systems Go to Systems Thinking activity recipes
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STEM Through Mindsets

Raising a child to be STEM-smart is not just about teaching them rules and vocabulary to memorize. It’s about instilling fundamental mindsets that make them into creative, scientific problem-solvers.

STEM Family focuses on 3 core mindsets: Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, and Systems Thinking.


Kids don't need screen time to learn computational thinking.

We have offline activities for you to play with your kids, that still teach STEM.

Check out our Blog to see what we're exploring and researching

October 21, 2018

An Interview with Parents

We spoke one of the parents about their experiences in STEM Family.
January 21, 2018

What types of skills are needed to thrive in the future economy based on World Economic Forum?

what do parents want for their kids when it comes to Computer Science Education?
January 1, 2018

Future-Proofing Your Child for Success in the Coming Economy

Forbes’ contributor Tine Thygesen has a piece for parents: The One Thing You Need To Teach Your Children To Future-Proof Their Success. The world your children will […]
December 31, 2017

Learning about parents’ attitudes about STEM in the Searching for Computer Science report

what do parents want for their kids when it comes to Computer Science Education?
December 23, 2017

Little Ruby’s World: developing girls’ coding abilities and computational creativity

Coding can foster children’s ability to reason systematically, work collaboratively, and think creatively. If you have a young child, you might want to teach them how […]
December 22, 2017

Consumers versus Creators, Designers, and Makers: fostering Computational Creativity

Is your family one of consumers or of creators? This eye-opening video on Computational Creativity, from Professor Karen Brennan, explains why this difference matters so much […]
December 20, 2017

Experiment Library at Making Science Make Sense

The Bayer Project “Making Make Sense” has a wonderful online library of Science Experiments that parents can run at home with their kids. You can see cards […]
December 20, 2017

The National PTA’s At Home STEM resources

The National PTA has a page full of resources for parents and families to use — At Home: STEM. The National PTA’s page includes links to […]
December 12, 2017

Being a Design Thinking Parent

I studied design thinking intensively for the few years before I became a Mom, so I have been thinking of how to combine the two things: […]
December 4, 2017

Stanford ‘tips-by-text’ program helps boost literacy in preschoolers, study finds

One of our main inspirations is the Stanford ‘tips-by-text’ program that was designed both as a research project and a real-world intervention, to help boost literacy in […]
November 29, 2017

Parents are the ones to inspire children towards STEM

An article from the Association for Psychological Science, Want to Get Teens Interested in Math and Science? Target Their Parents presents research into how important families are to […]
November 25, 2017

Student designers in Singapore

Singapore has a group, Participate in Design, that encourages all kinds of people to become creative problem-solvers. This includes schoolchildren, whom they didn’t make just ‘recipients’ […]

What are the best STEM toys?

We have kids (and some adults) road test toys for STEM. What are the best things to develop computational, creative, and critical thinking for different ages?

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The more you, as an adult, know about what STEM is and what value it has -- the better coach you can be for kids.

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