Santa likes STEM.

As the parents departed on a journey that would take them through Washington DC and as our bellies settled after delicious meal(s) concocted by my wife, Jack and I gathered up the presents that our tree incubated and hatched. After piling up the gifts on the kitchen table, we came to the same conclusion. Santa likes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

I debated whether or not to post the gratuitous “look what I got” picture, but that notion quickly subsided at the realization that this type of post is exactly what the internet is for…that, as well as cat pictures. So without further adieu, Jack and I walked away with the following:


  1. Microscope
  2. Meccano Tech Meccanosaur
  3. Little Bits rule your room set
  4. Rocket Kit (with solid motors)
  5. Chewbacca Mask (Ok, so this has nothing to do with STEM.)


  1. Anycubic 3D Printer
  2. 2x Arduino starter sets
  3. Make: Drones book
  4. Soldering set
  5. Helping hand

The 3D printer will be the biggest build, by far, and will consume most of the next afternoons. Being that the kit is well over a thousand pieces, I truthfully do not know how long it will take me to build; but I will be timing and videoing the entire build. Below is a preview of a larger video I’m working on:


Following in close second is the Meccano Meccanosaur. Jack wanted a robot. Jack wanted a Dinosaur. So Jack got a robot Dinosaur. Like it or not, I am going to help him assemble all 715 pieces of this beast. Like the 3D printer, we’ll be chronicling the entire process along with starting a new section for reviews of STEM toys. Below is a preview of Meccanosaur build:


We have a lot to do over the next few weeks (I didn’t even touch on the upcoming Arduino antics), and I am not sure what I will post (and in what order). I’ll eventually sort through my lists and get this webpage more organized (and relevant, hopefully before Calculus starts back up). Until then, expect chaos.

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