The 2017 STEM-Themed Toy Drive will be held through December 15th. Our Elfing Day (day of delivery to shelters) will be Saturday, Dec 16th.
THANK YOU everyone who donated to support the 2016 STEM-Themed Toy Drive! Read about our success here: Holidays & Happiness, Humanist Style
It’s Let’s show our generous spirit and our dedication to inspiring youth interest in STEM disciplines by providing a variety of math and science toys and books to gift drives for local shelters this holiday season.
Items must be NEW and unwrapped. Donations go to homeless and domestic violence shelters and programs for at-risk youth in Central Florida.
- Any event of our collaborative groups through December 16th:
- December 10th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Target in Oviedo – come by and say hello, donate blood with us, and drop off STEM toys! Look for the Big Red Bus & our community tents!
- December 17, 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. at First Watch on University near UCF (join us for a cup of coffee!)
Members or community partners hosting drives in your Meetup groups, organizations, and workplaces in the Orlando area can request a pickup on the week of December 11th. Contact us for more information.
STEM toys develop interest and skill in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and gives them a head start and advantage as they progress through their educational journey. Not only do we use STEM skills in many aspects of our lives, but the best career paths are in STEM fields – and we need great people educated to fill them in the future. Toy drives bring in many kinds of gifts, but there is a shortage of drives focusing on STEM-related gifts that can spark a young person’s interest – and perhaps influence their future. Please join us in this effort to make a difference for at-risk youth in our community!
SHOPPING & GIFT IDEAS
- Educational Insights
- Kiwi Crate
- Grandmother Fish (A child’s first book of evolution)
- American Museum of Natural History store
- Ebay – STEM gifts for kids
- FunAtHomeWithKids – 10 STEM Gift Ideas
- HomeSchoolEncouragement STEM gift ideas
- Imagination Soup: STEM / STEAM Gift Ideas
- Live Science Gift Ideas
- Maker Mom product reviews
- Modern Parents Messy Kids
- My Bright Firefly STEM gift ideas for preschoolers
- Nerdy Mama: STEM gifts for tweens & teens under $20
- Young Explorers
- Home Science Guide: STEM Gift Guide
- OMSI Science Store
- PBS STEM-tastic Gift Ideas
- Pinterest STEM Gift Ideas
- PopSugar – 28 STEM gifts for kids
- Purdue University – INSPIRE Gift Guide
- Rick A Bam Boo Toddler STEM Toys
- Science Blogs – STEM gift ideas by Greg Laden
- STEM-based toys on Amazon
- Scientific American: Women in Stem Fields dolls & action figures
- Techbridgegirls – encourage girls in STEM
- Toys R Us STEM Department
- Fat Brain Toys
- Science Buddies project kits
- Steve Spangler Science Club Store
- Petals and STEM (girl-themed gifts)