Stay Entertained at Home With These 5 STEM-Based DIY Projects and Courses

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Opportunities to learn and create at home can be tough to come by, and it's all too easy to just end up opting for Netflix or falling down a social media rabbit hole instead. If you've got a real DIY streak in you and an interest in STEM, these five products are ready to spark your imagination.

1. Sunfounder Picar-V Kit V2.0 for Raspberry Pi 4; $105 (8 percent off)

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If you have a young person in your life who's itching to create, they’ll love this STEM learning kit that teaches beginners to build a remote-controlled car camera. Though the end goal is a toy that they'll love playing with, they'll also learn the basics of Raspberry Pi, robotics, electronics, and Python programming to get the job done.

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2. Makerbuino Educational Diy Game Console (Standard Kit); $70

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With the MAKERbuino, gamers can learn to build their own handheld console, complete with components and modules. The controller is based on Arduino UNO—an open-source electronics board—and is compatible with plenty of hardware expansion modules for full customization. The package comes with an SD card pre-loaded with retro games, so once the system is built, just pop the card in and play away.

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3. Crowpi Advanced Accessory Kit and Raspberry Pi 3b+ Board; $350

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This Raspberry Pi kit teaches you how to make your own electronics through a series of step-by-step tutorials. Once you've got the hardware in place, the CrowPi acts as a mini computer that you can operate using the built-in touchscreen, along with the mouse and keyboard that comes with the kit. Create your own projects with a range of DIY components, all in a compact case that makes it easy to travel with.

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4. The Mastering Internet of Things Bundle; $29 (98 percent off)

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Nine courses are all you need to master this batch of STEM lessons. To get you started, you'll learn about implementing wireless communication between smartphones and appliances, programming remotely with Raspberry Pi, the basics of GSM and GPS emergency health tracking systems, and more. The bundle includes almost 300 lessons and project-based courses that give users hands-on experience.

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5. 13.3-Inch Ips Display Screen for Raspberry Pi, Windows, and Gaming; $135 (9 percent off)

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This 1080p monitor displays a clear and wide view, making it the ultimate programming and gaming companion. It’s lightweight and can be powered with a portable battery, making it easy to grab and go if the mood strikes. The 13.3-inch full HD screen also includes an IPS panel, 72 percent color gamut, and a wide visual angle for top-notch performance. In addition to being used for console gaming, it's also compatible with Raspberry Pi to complement your latest DIY programming project.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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KFC's Fried Chicken-Scented Firelogs Are Available at Walmart This Year

Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
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The famous 11 herbs and spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) remains a closely guarded secret. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take home a firelog that will crackle with the aroma of a fresh bucket of fried chicken this holiday season.

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The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog ($16) has been a popular novelty purchase for the past two years, and this year, it’s available exclusively at Walmart. Made in partnership with Enviro-Log, the flammable product releases a scent reminiscent of KFC’s distinctive seasoning combination, which the company promises will last around two and a half hours while burning.

KFC originally sold the log directly through their website in 2018 and 2019, but now it's available at Walmart ($16), either on the company’s website or in select stores while supplies last (if it's sold out, Amazon or eBay may be your only other options). Considering KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, which also operates Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, perhaps a Crunch Wrap firelog is in our future.

[h/t MarketWatch]