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Amazon Launches Monthly Subscription Service for STEM Toys

Amazon is placing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) toys by offering parents membership in the STEM Club.

Those who join are required to pay a $19.99 fee every month, in return they will receive a monthly package filled with toys designed to encourage STEM learning.

"Sign up to receive inspiration monthly," Amazon's website says.

So what's exactly in the box? "Amazon editors work closely with smart and trusted brands we love to handpick the best STEM toys. From programmable robots to rockin' crystal kits and chemistry sets to cool arithmetic toys, STEM Club will challenge and inspire while expanding young minds through play," Amazon's site said.

Boxes are tailored to specific age ranges and are shipped just two days after a user signs up.

This isn't the first time a company has offered a monthly subscription to users interested in receiving monthly STEM products for their children.

Take, for example, the Los Angeles based company DreamKeepers Box. Designed for children ages 8-12, DreamKeepers Box delivers in each box an "educational and cultural experience" based on African Americans in STEM.

Each box includes a wide range of related material, like collectible cards, literature, hands-on educational products and other fun goodies.

DreamKeepers Box founders Eleisha Nelson and Deena Williams came up with the idea after working together at an education nonprofit after agreeing that "it is critical to provide positive images and expose kids to the rich diversity and amazing contributions of Black people, not just in February, but all year long."

Proving just how in-demand these kinds of products and services are, DreamKeepers Box was made possible after receiving support on KickStarters, receiving twice its original funding goal.

So far, people have had great things to say about these monthly STEM subscription services.

"My 11 year old niece was thrilled to get her DreamKeepers Box! Box opened and 1st project done in 30 mins. Never seen her so excited to tackle an ‘educational’ project during summer," wrote reviewer Erica Sanders in materials sent by DreamKeepers Box.

"Great gift idea. As a [grandmother] it is the gift that will give all year. Good quality work for the children to expand their minds," wrote on reviewer on Amazon's site.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

1/27/2017

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