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Science, Discovery and Exploration

Kids come to us filled with questions... but without instruction manuals for the answers! Sometimes it's nice to let them figure it out themselves. Science experiments help them delve deep into their questions and come back out knowing more than they ever thought possible. (And certainly more than we ever could have told them!)

 

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This Flying Dragon automaton moves forward and back while its head, neck, tail and legs move and its wings flap! Automata are whimsical mechanical toys that have lifelike movements when their crank is turned. Easy to make and fun to paint, this model pays homage to a time when toys were made of wood and could be personalized by the builder!

Not only does it look neat, it'll give you an opportunity to explore the principles of mechanics and improve your model making skills! And you can use your own paint (sold separately) to make this dragon look however you want! All pieces are pre-cut and glue is included. Made of natural wood.

Requires scissors and a ruler (SOLD SEPARATELY).

Measures approximately 17.7" long x 15.7" high, assembled.

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This Robotic Arm is an easy to make 3 dimensional model that grabs, lifts items horizontally, and can turn very close to 90 degrees! Designed to be used alone (with a syringe holder), or in a group - each person using one syringe. This kit is a great way to learn about robotics, levers and simple machines, fluid dynamics, engineering, invention, as well as design and technology - or just moving things around the house!

Completed model measures approximately 13” tall with arm stretching from approximately 7” to 16” long.

Includes pre-cut pieces ready to assemble and easy to understand instructions.

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Standing over 2 feet tall, the SmartLab Weird and Wacky Contraption Lab has 60 mix-and-match pieces to build an unlimited amount of contraptions! Kids can dream up crazy courses, then build and test them using this easy-to-construct Velcro-like system! Instructions offer tips and tricks on how to best manipulate the kit's components. It guides kids through 5 sample contraption designs while they learn how to predict the outcome of each.

Includes: 66 contraption pieces and full-colour instructions.

Measures approximately 25" high.

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Build your own working hydraulic machine!

Using clear syringes and coloured liquid (no needles included), this building kit clearly demonstrates the simplicity of how hydraulics make a mini excavator work. Excavators are widely used on construction sites to dig holes. There are a wide variety of styles available and this model uses the same principles to move the arms as the real excavators do! Once its build you can use it to lift a pencil! This is a fun and different toy that will stimulate your mind as you have fun with basic hydraulic mechanics. All parts and instructions are included.

Once assembled, this mini excavator model measures approximately 11.8" high.

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Considered by many to be the most powerful and destructive of all the siege engines, the trebuchet took many forms throughout the Medieval world, hurling huge rocks and giant fireballs at (and into) castles. This model, based on the Warwolf, is a tabletop working replica of a trebuchet made in the 13th Century.

This kit lets you build the replica with accurate historic details such as the pegged joints, a leather pouch used for the load, and a wooden box for weights. It's capable of hurling a ball of soft modeling clay (included) over 20 feet! Add this to your battle scene, use it as a school experiment for math or science, or just have fun making it and seeing what it can do! Adjust the weight, angle, lengths, etc. for a more interesting experiment!

Easy to assemble. All pieces are pre-cut and drilled. Requires scissors and white or wood glue. Complete, clear instructions are included. Once assembled, this wooden Trebuchet measures approximately 18" long x 7" wide x 26" tall.

Awarded three stars (the highest rating for a toy in Canada!) by The Canadian Toy Testing Council in 2007.

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Build 3 working robots using 3 different electronic circuits and 3 different insect-shaped bodies! The radar-controlled "guide" robot detects objects using infra red rays, the "wake-up" robot is sensitive to light and the "come to me" robot is operated by any TV remote control! A separate circuit and body are supplied for each robot: just fix the selected circuit onto the robot base and add the corresponding transparent body - no soldering required! Also includes a detailed colour manual with instructions and explanations of how robots work.

Each robot measures approximately 6" long.

Requires 2 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Flying has always been a dream of humans, and Leonardo's fascination with birds and flight was evident in his studies of birds and different human powered flying machines. His Ornithopter design has captured the imagination of people for generations, and this kit has combined his cool flying machine with one of his bevel gear designs to make a neat working model with flapping wings and a pilot with moving arms and legs! This kit has everything you need to build Leonardo de Vinci’s Wooden Ornithopter!

Includes pre-cut pieces ready to assemble, glue and easy to understand instructions.

Completed model measures approximately 17” long x 23” wide x 12” tall.

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