Bill and Giuliana Rancic Team Up with Learning Resources to Bring STEM Toys to Chicago Schools
by Bethany Braun-Silva
Bill and Giuliana Rancic are proud parents to their son, Duke, 7, and noticed early on that he had a strong interest in STEM learning. He even asked for a 3D printer for his last birthday! He inspired them to partner with Learning Resources for their Beaker Creatures STEM Spectacular. The Rancics helped announce Learning Resources’ donation of more than $100K worth of STEM toys to Chicago Public Schools. We talked to them via email about why they decided to team up with the educational toy company and which STEM toys are Duke’s favorites.
What inspired you to team up with Learning Resources?
“Learning Resources shares our commitment to learning through play and believes in the importance of STEM education. It has been wonderful to work alongside them and truly see how much they also share our passion for giving back, especially to the children of Chicago. This was really brought to life during an event we hosted with them at the Museum of Science and Industry on May 3rd. Over 150 children from local Chicago Public Schools were there along with the CPS CEO, Dr. Janice K. Jackson. We were so proud to be a part of the event and thrilled to announce that Learning Resources made a donation of over $100k in educational toys to CPS.”
Does Duke have a favorite Learning Resources toy?
“Duke loves to build and deconstruct so he has so much fun with the Learning Resources Gears! line. And of course, what kid doesn’t love to make a mess? He has become obsessed with Beaker Creatures and has so much fun dissolving the pods and discovering which planet the creatures are from. He is always asking us to get him more of the creatures and our kitchen has become a mini science lab!”
Has Duke taught you guys anything about STEM that you didn’t know? “Through Duke’s new toys and games, we have also been introduced to how much fun STEM learning can be and have learned things we never knew before. You’re never too old to stop learning!”
Do you have a favorite STEM activity to do as a family?
“STEM activities have provided so much enrichment to Duke and we’ve had so much fun as a family doing the different Beakers Creatures experiments. We love being in the lab aka our kitchen alongside Duke and playing and learning together as a family.”
How can parents start incorporating STEM at home?
“STEM is very new to a lot of people, and it may seem intimidating at first, even to parents. We think it is important to start early and provide the tools to make it as much of a go-to as hitting the ball outside. Learning Resources has a great blog that we have contributed to that provides parents with a lot of ideas for easily incorporating STEM at home. And you can find STEM activities in your own home with things you already have!”
Check out some of Duke’s favorite toys (and a few others) below!
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