Holiday Gift Guide 2022 – Canadian Association for Girls In Science (CAGIS)

Holiday Gift Guide 2022

It’s that time of year again and to help you get ready for the holidays CAGIS has put together the ultimate holiday gift guide for your STEM-loving friends. Browse our top picks of books, toys, kits, and more that cover everyone’s STEM passion. 

CAGIS Membership (Ages 7 – 16)

Give the gift of experience!  A one year membership with the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) involves fun, hands-on activities led by real STEM experts.  You can select from different options:

CAGIS Chapter Membership ($75; $35/additional siblings): Members go on monthly field trips with hands-on activities led by STEM experts.

CAGIS Virtual Membership ($200; $50/additional siblings): Members join weekly live, online events with fun, hands-on activities led by experts in science, tech, trades, engineering, and math! Join us on Saturdays for all the fun!  

AVAILABLE HERE  

CAGIS T-Shirts and Hoodies 

As part of our 30th anniversary, CAGIS introduced a new line of t-shirts and hoodies, featuring designs that look to the intergalactic future of our club. Designed by Toronto-based print artist, Jackie Lee, these t-shirts and hoodies are sure to please any STEM trendsetter. A portion of the proceeds from the CAGIS webstore support our programs and initiatives!

T-Shirts ($30/youth; $35 adult) | Hoodies ($56/youth; $58/adult)

AVAILABLE HERE  

STEM EQUIPMENT

Black Light Flashlight

UV lights can be used to explore fluorescence, which can be observed in many objects and substances, including tonic water! Use it for minerals and gems, searching for insects and reptiles, and more!

Age 7+ | $16.99

AVAILABLE HERE  

Celestron Robert Reeves Signature Series – Moon FirstScope Telescope

Keep your sights on the stars with this portable, entry level telescope that includes a free download of the Lunar Landscapes ebook by Robert Reeves.

Age 12+ | $100

AVAILABLE HERE  

Right Angle Prism 2.5″  
 
There is a rainbow of colours hidden in the natural light that surrounds us. Experiment and have fun with this small handheld prism. Use it to refract light and create a rainbow in your home. 
 
Age 8+ | $11.95
 

ROBOTICS AND ELECTRONICS 

STEM Lego® Compatible Building Blocks Set  – Humanoid Robot Kit
 
This LEGO®-compatible building set encourages kids to use their imaginations and play in new ways. Included in this robotics kit are beams, gears, axles, and connector pegs that you can build in new ways to create different types of robots.
 
Age 8+ | $100
 
Autoplotter
 
Watch science turn into art! With this plotter you can create more than 100 flower patterns of different shapes and sizes. This is the perfect combination of mathematics and physics coming together to make something beautiful!
 
Age 8+ | $11.95
 
Hydraulic Cyborg Hand Building Kit 
 
No batteries required for this hydraulic hand! Its human-like movements and grips are fully powered by hydraulic energy! Build it yourself then test it by picking up objects of different shapes and sizes. 
 
Age 10+ | $49.99
 
SmartLab Archi-TECH Electronic Smart House
 
Put your engineering and architectural skills to the test by building your own model house. This kit allows you to add realistic details by adding lights, sounds, and motorized parts.  
 
Age 6+ | $79.99
 

CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, AND GEOLOGY

Smell-it Kit: Engineering Enzymes to smell like Bananas! 
 
Did you know that bacteria can smell like an overripe banana? This all-in-one STEM kit introduces the concepts of biotechnology and genetic engineering to young enthusiasts in a fun and very hands-on way. Learn how to grown and engineer bacteria to make it smell like your fruit bowl!
 
Age 11+ | $98
 
Dissect It Piranha
 
This kit allows youth to engage in the experience of dissection without the use of a real piranha. Made out of gelatin, this anatomically accurate piranha includes a full skeleton and set of organs.
 
Age 6+ | $19.99
 
Cool Blue Light Experiment Kit  
 
Have you ever wondered why fireflies glow? The Cool Blue Light Experiment Kit includes all of the materials, chemicals, and instructions you need to produce light from chemical reactions. You’ll learn all about chemiluminescence and even make a penny glow! 
 
Age 9+ | $34.95
 
Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab
 
Experiment with natural polymers by making delicious treats! This kit contains everything you need to mix, make, and mild candy. The best part, you can your own chemical creations!
 
Age 6+ | $27.99
 
Outdoor Discovery Solar Print Paper
 
This sun sensitive paper undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed to light leaving behind a permanent image after exposure. Experiment with different objects like leaves and sticks to create shadows across the paper.  
 
Age 5+ | $14.99
 
Mineral Science Kit
 
We see them all around us and now you can explore them even more! This kit includes 15 rock and mineral samples plus the tools you need to test and study them.
 
Age 7+ | $16.50
 

TRADES AND BUILDING

Pathfinders 4 in 1 Hydraulic Machines 
 
Make 4 wooden machines: a platform lifter, a scissor lift, a cherry picker, and an excavator in this trades inspired STEM kit. Learn how to use water pressure syringes and rubber tubes to make these machines move, lift, and dig. Want to learn more about these machines? Check out our Off Limits: Heavy Machines video. 
 
Age 8+ | $39.99
 
Build-it-Yourself Birdhouse  
 
This carpentry kit comes with simple and easy to assemble, pine pieces to build your own birdhouse at home. Once built, it makes for a lovely keepsake. Parental supervision is strongly recommended. Hammer, screwdriver, and glue required. 
 
Age 10+ | $49.95
 

BOOKS

We are Makers: Real Women and Girls Shaping our World by Amy Richards
 
MAKERS is the award-winning PBS video series of women’s stories. Now, these inspiring stories are available to young readers in a book! Follow the history, personal stories, and dreams of a selection of trailblazing women.
 
Age 8+ | $24.99
 
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty
 
Inspired by historical figures Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist tells the story of a young girl driven by curiosity and her love of the question, “why?”. In this charming tale, Ada reminds us all that we have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve our dreams.
 
Age 6+ | $22.95
 
Sky Wolf’s Call: The Gift of Indigenous Knowledge by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger
 
Indigenous Knowledge, a recognized science, has been passed on through Indigenous Knowledge Keepers across generations. Explore how everything from healing to astronomy and our connection with the land are shared and how they inform current Indigenous learning and practices today. 
 
Age 10+ | $16.95
 
Coding Projects in Python
 
This book is perfect for kids who have started their journey in coding and are ready to take the next step. Learn how to build amazing graphics, fun games, and useful apps by following these simple step-by-step instructions. 
 
Age 10+ | $25.99