Groovy Lab in a Box - What's the Matter: A Lesson in Ice Unboxing!

Your first question is, "What is Groovy Lab in a Box?"

Here's a brief of what Groovy Lab in a Box is: 

Groovy Lab in a Box, the award-winning educational kits for kids ages eight and up that teach about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), announced a new partnership with Popular Mechanics. 
The first Popular Mechanics box to launch is “What’s the Matter,” a project about the scientific properties of ice. It is featured in the June issue of Popular Mechanics (on newsstands now). 
"The “What’s the Matter” kit guides kids through an investigation of the states of matter (gas, liquid and solid) and teaches them about the properties of ice. Kids are tasked to design the lighting of a “groovy” ice hotel and build a portable lantern out of ice. Each Groovy Lab in a Box kit comes with an engineering challenge and all the materials needed to complete the project, including a lab notebook where kids can read about the task and related STEM topic and record their findings.
Now, how cool is that?!! I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to review this box. So, let's get started!

When we first open this fairly Groovy-looking box, 

Honestly, I was at a lost. Look at all the stuff once I remove everything out of the box. 

I actually combined all the different cups/containers there. But there are foils, a pair of chopsticks, a very sturdy feel catalog/guide (in color), a light mechanism thingy, and two zip bags each with 3-6 items in each bag. What project requires all of this?! It will be so cool, not only for the kids, but for the adult too! 

Once we open the guide, I realized that there are FIVE projects, and additional brainstorming ideas! It touched upon the academics part, but with questions allowing your child to think for themselves, and at times, ask questions.  Here are some sample pages:

This box has definitely a hands-on approach. The individual projects for sure, and even the box itself, is not just a box to ship the contents, it can be used as part of one of the projects. 

I find all of this extremely educational. With this particular subject matter, it's geared towards a collaborative effort with parent and child. Together, they can learn about ice and a great bonding time.   Let's see what the outcome of two of the projects looks like!

image courtesy of Groovy Lab
Now, THAT is COOL!  I can't wait to get my hands wet and have fun with my nephew and niece!

A little more tidbit about Groovy Box.  
  • You can subscribe to plan in 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months renewal increments, starting at $29.95/month for the one month plan. The cost lowers per month as you increase your prepay monthly subscription. 
  • Or, you can purchase single boxes at $36.95 a box, and you can choose from the variety of themes, such as Under Pressure, Greenshouses, Waterworks, Out to Launch...etc. 

So, what do you think? Groovy, right? 

This will make a great gift that's fun and educational! To subscribe or gift, click on the image below.
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  1. My kids would have loved these when they were younger - will keep this in mind for my nephews!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics


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