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Bitsbox Review

Bitsbox

Bitsbox STEM Subscription Boxes Review

Have you been searching for the perfect STEM monthly subscription box for a child in your life? Do you want to find a monthly science box that will help your child see how science, technology, engineering, and math can be used to tackle real-world problems while also helping them realize how exciting solving these problems can be? If so, it sounds like you may want to learn more about Bitsbox.


Bitsbox offers STEM subscription kits that are delivered right to your door every month. Each month, your child (or the child you purchase the STEM monthly subscription for) will receive materials and can pick an app to code and design. In this article, we've put together a review of Bitsbox to help you learn more about the company, the monthly science kits they offer, and what you can expect if you sign up.


About the Brand

Bitsbox offers a different type of STEM monthly subscription boxes. Their monthly science kits are designed to help children learn how to code. The company was founded in 2014 by Scott Lininger and Aidan Chopra. Bitsbox's headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.


Scott and Aidan worked together at Google which is where they first met. At Google, Scott was a senior software engineer, and Aidan was a global product evangelist. They were also fathers who wanted to set their children up for future success. 


They understood that when children learn to code they will become a literate 21st century citizen. They also knew that children can develop creative thinking skills and nurture their natural curiosity through learning to code. This drove them to leave their job at Google and found Bitsbox.


Each monthly subscription box is designed to focus on the three C's (computational thinking, computer science, and coding). Scott and Aidan wanted to do their part to set future generations up for success.


Bitsbox is a smaller company. In addition to founders Scott and Aidan, the team includes software engineers and customer support specialists.


Uniqueness

Unlike many other STEM monthly subscription boxes, Bitsbox is designed to help children learn how to code. They'll start slowly by using very simple commands and work their way up to using more complex commands. Kids will be engaged and want to learn to code, since they'll be creating their own apps that will actually work.


In addition to offering STEM subscriptions for home use, Bitsbox recently launched STEMscopes. This program was developed to provide online access to teachers or school districts who would like to help their students learn essential coding skills.


Products Category

As we shared above, Bitsbox's science subscription kits are different from the other STEM kit options you'll find. Their kits focus on teaching children essential coding skills. 


Each STEM box includes a mix of coding projects that are designed for different proficiency levels. Each project consists of creating code to make an app that will actually work. Children can select a project that is both interesting and appropriately leveled for them.

After selecting their project, everything can be done through Bitsbox's website. 


Children will be able to use the code from the materials in the kit to get started, but then they will be able to make changes to personalize the app they are creating. Once they have completed the code and designed the app how they want it, they can share the app with mobile devices. This allows children to play the game they created and share their hard work with others.


While Bitsbox is specifically designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12, it can also be used by older children and adults who are looking to learn coding. It is not necessary for children, or their parents, to have any experience with coding before signing up for a STEM monthly box through Bitsbox.


There are three different product options available: The Basic Bitsbox, the Deluxe Bitsbox, and the Digital Bitsbox. Each Basic Bitsbox comes with 12 different app projects that can be coded on Bitsbox's website. A binder to keep everything organized is also included with this kids science kit subscription.


The Deluxe Bitsbox comes with everything from the Basic Bitsbox as well as some extra products and other tools and resources. The Digital Bitsbox is a downloadable kit that includes PDFs of the project cards included in the physical boxes.


Price Ranges

All three of the STEM box subscription options from Bitsbox can be purchased as a monthly subscription, 3-month subscription, or 12-month subscription. The 12-month subscription options offer the greatest monthly savings.


The Basic Bitsbox ranges from $29.95 a month for monthly subscription to $24.95 a month for the 12-month subscription. The Deluxe Bitsbox ranges from $44.95 a month for monthly subscriptions to $37.95 a month for a 12-month subscription. The Digital Bitsbox ranges from $19.95 a month for a monthly subscription to $16.95 a month for a 12-month subscription.


If you sign up for Bitsbox and decide it isn't the best STEM box for your kids, you can cancel at anytime before your subscription automatically renews. Starting with a month-to-month plan before signing up for a longer subscription is the best way to give Bitsbox's science subscription box a try without making a huge commitment.


Community, Support & Knowledge Sharing

Bitsbox's preferred method of communication is over email. If you have questions or need help with a subscription, you can find the company's email under the "Help" section of the website. You can also find a list of frequently asked questions on their website. Here, you'll find answers to popular questions about subscriptions, account management, shipping, and how Bitsbox's monthly science kits for kids work.


On their website, you can also check out the blog, referred to as the Bitsbox Brain Dump. The articles on the blog cover topics related to STEM, coding, and using Bitsbox's STEM monthly subscription boxes to support and enrich children.


You can also find Bitsbox on social media by visiting their Facebook or Instagram. The Bitsbox Kids & Family Page on Facebook has over 1,000 members and the company has nearly 19,000 followers on Instagram.


Shipments

Orders for a STEM subscription box from Bitsbox ship for free in the United States. When you order your first STEM kit, you should expect it to be delivered within 5 to 7 days. You'll also receive a tracking number once your order is received.


In addition to shipping anywhere in the United States, Bitsbox also offers international shipping to over 70 countries. If you live in another country, you can expect to pay between $5.00 and $18.00 a month for shipping depending on your location and the subscription you choose.


Choosing a STEM subscription box from Bitsbox is a great way to help a child in your life develop an understanding and appreciation for coding. Each month, children will be eagerly awaiting their new box so they can start designing a new app.

Our Score

8.2

Pricing

$16.95/m - $37.95/m

Ages

6-18

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Deluxe Bitsbox

Deluxe Bitsbox

Everything that comes in the Basic Bitsbox, plus extra projects and fun goodies!

Ages:

6-13

Shipping:

Vary

Categories:

Engineering, Coding

Price Range: 

From $37.95/m

9.6
Basic Bitsbox

Basic Bitsbox

A dozen app projects and a nifty binder
to keep them organized!

Ages:

6-13

Shipping:

Vary

Categories:

Engineering, Coding

Price Range: 

From $24.95/m

9.0
Digital Bitsbox

Digital Bitsbox

A PDF download of our app projects!

Ages:

6-13

Shipping:

Vary

Categories:

Engineering, Coding

Price Range: 

From $16.95/m

8.5