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Black Friday and Cyber Monday fall just short of a month before Christmas, so it is a perfect time to pick up STEM toys at a discount as presents for the little ones in your life! (Or for yourself!) While no-one, including us, can say exactly what will go on sale this year, below we have selected our top picks for STEM toys that we would love to pick up at a discount! As the deals are revealed, we will also update this post with the best that we’ve seen. Read on for our Black Friday and Cyber Monday STEM toy deal list for 2019.
UPDATE (7:30 am EST, Cyber Monday): The best deals we’ve seen right now:
UPDATE (Nov. 28, 2019): We’ve just become aware of some great deals on Osmo Genius Kit Starter Kits and accessories. In our hands-on review, we thought Osmo was magical! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see updated prices – we’re not sure how long they will stay discounted.
- Codable Robot Deals
- Robotics Kits Deals
- Electronics Kits Deals
- Build Your Own Computer Kit Deals
- Deals on Microscopes for Kids
- STEM Subscription Box Deals
- Other STEM Toy Cyber Monday Deals to Watch Out For
- All About STEM Toys
Codable Robot Deals
Anki Cozmo and Vector
We’re big fans of the Anki robots, Cozmo and Vector. We were very sad to hear that Anki had gone out of business, since these awesome little guys did such a great job of teaching kids the basics of coding. See our comparison article to find out more about the similarities and differences between Anki Vector and Cozmo. Suffice to say that Vector is much more sophisticated and even includes Amazon Alexa voice-recognition. Cozmo, on the other hand, is more toy-like and would appeal to younger kids more.
The silver-lining in the closure of Anki is that these two adorable little robots have seen incredible discounts in the lead-up to the holiday season. In fact, we’ve seen the more powerful Vector robot sell for considerably less than the older-technology Cozmo. Who knows where the prices of these Anki toys will get to on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but we believe they could be picked up at real bargain prices, considering that retailers may want to sell their stocks down to zero in the near future.
Sphero BOLT and SPRK+
In contrast, Sphero is going from strength-to-strength, even acquiring electronics kit innovators, littleBits earlier this year. We would love to see the flagship codable Sphero robots, BOLT and SPRK+, get discounted. Even at full price, they represent awesome value, with limitless coding possibilities.
Wonder Workshop Dash
Lastly, keep an eye on prices of Wonder Workshop toys. We particularly like the Dash robot for the younger kids (ages 6+). It’s voice-activated and interacts with a number of beautifully-made apps that young coders will love diving into.
Check out the latest prices below:
Robotics Kits Deals
Lego Boost is a popular kit from LEGO for kids and young teens to learn basic coding, robotics, and design. This multi-award-winning set is one of our top STEM toys to watch this Black Friday. The kit was released mid-summer 2017, but there were no LEGO Boost Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts due to how new it was. We are hoping LEGO will put out some offers on this fantastic educational robotics kit. Check below, where we track LEGO Boost Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and keep coming back to see if it goes on sale!
Similar to Boost, Mindstorms is another educational robotics kit from LEGO. However, it is targeted at an older age group and features more complex and fiddly components. The coding aspect is also stepped up a notch, since Boost uses a graphical drag’n’drop interface, whereas Mindstorms also offers text-based coding for more complex programs. This allows you to build more advanced machines and contraptions, for example one user built a functioning lifesize BB8!
This STEM toy has been out for many years now, but LEGO have been reluctant to put out Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals on Mindstorms as far as we can see – despite offering significant discounts in the infamous ‘Brick Friday’. Will 2019 be any different? Too early to say, but the list below will reflect any discounts!
ELEGOO UNO R3 Smart Robot Car Kit V3
Already at a substantially lower price-point than the LEGO robotics sets, this smart robot car kit from ELEGOO has massive potential at a very reasonable price. In fact, we’ve seen some great discounts in the lead-up to the holiday season already, so who knows where prices might get to during the real sales!
Check out the latest prices below:
Electronics Kits Deals
Snap Circuits is a super popular kit from Elenco, designed to teach kids all about electronics and circuitry. The electronics components are all modular, with no soldering required. All kids have to do is snap them into the place on the circuit board base to create awesome working circuits, with guides included in the set for tons of projects.
We love this kit and are predicting Black Friday and Cyber Monday Snap Circuits deals are a good possibility. There are lots of sets in the range, so we think it’s likely that at least some will be discounted. On the entry-level past sales of the Jr. SC-100 kit suggest there could be 40% Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts. Similarly, we think there could be around 30% off on the SC-300 kit and up to 40% off on the premium SC-750. In the lead-up to holiday season, we’ve already seen some very lucrative discounts! Check the listing below for prices of these popular Snap Circuits kits.
Build Your Own Computer Kit Deals
Kano Computer Kit
Kano is one of the most popular makers of build your own computer kits for kids. Similar to Snap Circuits, the parts are modular and so do not require soldering when putting together the kit. The assembly is guided through an illustrated manual and is relatively easy due to the snap-together nature of the parts. Next, kids can get an introduction to the world of coding through building their own software via interactive projects and challenges.
Kano computer kits have seen sizable discounts in past Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, so we are hoping to see more of the same this year. There is also the possibility that stocks could sell out, so we’d advise going for Kano Computer Kit discounts on Black Friday, rather than waiting till later, to avoid disappointment.
Piper Computer Kit
We’ve absolutely loved the Piper Computer Kits, since their release in 2014. The new Piper Computer Kit 2 was released earlier this year, featuring a larger screen and in-built speakers. Since the latest model is so new, we haven’t seen much by way of discounting so far this year, but perhaps the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be the first opportunity to pick one up at a discount. For a while, it was still possible to purchase the older model, however, this no longer seems to be available, which may also pave the way to pricing flexibility on the current model. One thing we know for certain – your kids will have a blast with it, no matter what price you pick one up for.
Deals on Microscopes for Kids
We love microscopes because they open your children’s eyes to a whole world they might never have even thought about before – the microscopic world! But, we also love them because they are surprisingly good at encouraging active exploration and even outdoors play! Think about it – where are they going to get samples to examine under the microscope? The backyard. A local stream. It even turns a short hike into a “field trip”! That’s why the Omano JuniorScope picked up our Best Active STEM Toy award this year!
Everyone has different budget constraints, and you need to choose a microscope that is age-appropriate, however, we strongly encourage you to buy quality. A good quality microscope will be less frustrating, more awe-inspiring in what can be seen and get 10x use than a poor quality, budget model. On that note, here are some of the best models (and a couple of toy microscopes for the younger kids) that we have on our Black Friday and Cyber Monday radar (ok, we were actually dying to say we have these deals under the microscope…):
STEM Subscription Box Deals
KiwiCo make some of the best STEM subscription boxes for all ages, from babies to adults (0 to 104 they say!). Even better, KiwiCo decided to get in the festive spirit early, offering 60% off a first month with them, using code EARLY. Click the link below to go straight to the deal:
Other STEM Toy Cyber Monday Deals to Watch Out For
There are so many great STEM toys, kits and sets that we would love to see in the hands of as many kids (and adults!) as possible. We are simply amazed at the pace at which prices of things like 3D printers and drones have come down, and some of our top picks are listed below.
STEM Toy Black Friday and Cyber Monday Summary
That concludes our Black Friday STEM Toy list for this year. There are some great options out there for having great fund while developing a whole load of STEM skills. We’ll be sure to post any deals we find right here too, so return for the latest updates!
All About STEM Toys
STEM toys are great educational toolkits for kids and adults alike to learn the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math. Through fun and interactive challenges, projects and builds, you can develop valuable skills such as coding, design and more. However, while a lot of STEM toys are certainly cutting edge, this also means a high price tag in many cases, due to technology that is expensive to develop. All the more reason to keep a keen eye out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!
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