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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! The SIGGRAPH 2023 Committee is excited to bring you their top gift picks for this holiday season. Help your little ones (and big kids, too!) experience and embrace new technologies with our recommended STEM/STEAM picks.
Let’s start with something special for the little ones! Kids will love this National Geographic Mega Science Lab, an at-home science kit that allows them to experience 45 of National Geographic’s most popular Earth science, chemistry, and science magic experiments along with a bonus guide that’s packed with 30 additional experiments to adventure through. Exploring building (and erupting) volcanoes, experiment with growing your own glow-in-the-dark crystals, make waves with a water tornadoes, and dig up real fossil! Pro tip for parents … clean up kit not included!
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For our book lovers! Experience over 400 full-page photographs taken during the Apollo missions to the moon. In this special experience of a book, every image has been digitally remastered from the original flight film, or HD transfers of the 16mm “movie” film, to produce the highest quality Apollo photographs. Don’t pass up the chance to gift this complete record of the Apollo missions. “Apollo Remastered” covers every Apollo mission, as well as some of the preceding Mercury and Gemini missions that helped pave the way.
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This year, consider a gift that doesn’t need to come wrapped. Check out the Brilliant app! Join 10+ million people excelling in math and science with an app that is interactive and fun to use. For lifelong learners of any age, Brilliant replaces lecture videos with hands-on, interactive problem solving. It’s the way of the future, and the best way to learn!
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Here’s another app-centered gift! Twinkly Lights is the perfect gift for the season. Gift this to the interior decorator in your life, or grab the kids and have a blast putting up these lights and using the app to control them! With Twinkly Lights, you can create shapes, wrap objects, or use your imagination, and then let the Twinkly app do the rest. Map your lights and watch as the app scans them, creating a 2D or 3D layout of each bulb and transforming them into a virtual display. You can even apply colors, effects, and animations.
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Give the little ones in your life the gift of early STEM skills with Botley! Botley is the key to helping kids learn while they play. It teaches kids to code with active, screen-free play which promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills. This toy is ready to use the second you take it out of the box, as Botley can’t wait to code.
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The fun doesn’t stop with Botley! Once you purchase Botley, you can also get its accessory set. This accessory kit does the trick for creating STEM-inspired chain reactions. Open the set to find dominos, swinging hammers, rolling balls, and more physics-inspired accessories. Botley’s accessory set brings fun for the whole family. You and a loved one can master the activity guide’s nine challenges, or you can build your own chain reactions.
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This gift is music to the ears of all the music lovers in your life! The LG Tone Free Wireless Headphones take sound delivery to another dimension. The pioneering technology, found in high-end speaker systems, has been re-engineered to fit in your ear. As a bonus, this set of wireless headphones comes with a useful UV cleaning device that can also be used as a Bluetooth doc to connect to and use with in-flight entertainment. Now that’s music on the go!
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The sky is the limit when gifting the people in your life new experiences and technology. Learning and exploring will never go out of style, no matter what time of the year! If you’re looking for even more ideas from past SIGGRAPH conference committees, check out our gift guides from 2019, 2020, and 2021!