Behind the Design: KiwiCo’s Professions Starter Kits

May 10, 2021 / By Megan Bates

Kids are often asked what they want to be when they grow up, so we created a hands-on experience to explore cool careers in STEM! The goal of KiwiCo’s Professions Starter Kits is to connect kids to real-life jobs and people using STEM skills to solve real problems and make new discoveries.

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Each starter kit comes with a profession’s guide, materials for two projects, a poster with fun facts and a certificate of achievement. Keep reading to learn more about the Professions Starter Kits available in the KiwiCo Store!

Paleontology Starter Kit

“We knew we HAD to have a dino dig! We weren’t sure if we’d be able to make it but we’re really happy with how it turned out. This is one of my all-time favorite crates.”

– The KiwiCo Product Design Team

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Uncover the ins-and-outs of a career in prehistoric exploration! Use tools to excavate bones, then assemble them into a dinosaur skeleton display. Make amazingly detailed fossil impressions with a set of mini dinosaurs, modeling clay, and plaster. Read about the geologic timescale, how fossils are formed, and the on-the-job adventures of a real paleontologist. Then hang up a poster featuring colossal fossil facts and some of the most dazzling dinosaurs of prehistory.

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Astronaut Starter Kit

“Any kid who dreams of becoming an astronaut should start with this kit!”

– The KiwiCo Product Design Team

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Blast off into STEM learning with this astronaut starter kit! Build and launch a pair of model orbiter spaceships using the power of pumps. Paint a set of model planets, then construct a miniature solar system that really spins. Learn more about space travel — from the history of space exploration, to the challenges of astronaut training, to amazing facts about life on the International Space Station. Ready for a space adventure that’s truly out of this world?

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Veterinarian Starter Kit

“Little veterinarians-in-training will love using the tools in this crate (including a mini X-ray machine!) to patch up their stuffed animal friends.”

– The KiwiCo Product Design Team

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Discover the important work that veterinarians do through hands-on play! Check up on a favorite stuffed animal with a stethoscope, syringe, and other handy vet tools. Explore animal anatomy by assembling organ and muscle systems. Play a “find the fracture” game using an x-ray lightbox and a set of animal cards. Learn to read cat and dog body language, and how vets understand animals when they can’t talk. (It’s ruff, but possible!)

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You can also purchase the Professions Start Kit (3-Pack) to explore all of the careers at once!