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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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Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colorful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Strandbeast, young innovators start by constructing each half of the base and attaching a motor to both sides. Once the base system and the eight legs are in place, it’s time to bring the strandbeast to life by wiring the brain to the LED module, distance sensors, and motors using snap connectors, and then attaching the brain to the body. Once the brain and motors are attached and wired up, the final steps include adding on the bright blue leg pieces that illustrate this complex robot’s graceful, smooth-walking stride.

To program the robotic strandbeast, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous mode that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Built product measures approximately 12.5” long, 14” wide, and 10” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colourful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To construct the VEX Robotics Spider, young innovators start by building the drive column, and then work to attach the six orange legs. Once the base and the legs are in place, it’s time to bring the spider to life by attaching the motors, distance sensor, LED module and brain using snap connectors. Once the brain and motors are attached and wired up, the final steps include adding on the bright orange body pieces that give the robot its flair, making it look like a Hexbug Spider!

To program the robotic spider, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how the spider reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 350 snap together pieces.

Built product measures approximately 11.5” long x 11.5” wide x 11” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized Hexbug and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colourful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Ant, young Hexbug engineers start by assembling the six red wheels and attaching the motors and the wheels to the ant’s core. Once the base is in place, the brain and sensors are connected and the bright red body pieces are attached to give the robot its flair, making it look like a Hexbug Ant! Final steps include wiring the brain to the dual bump sensors and the two motors using snap connectors.

To program the robotic ant, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming variations from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 250

Assembled Hexbug VEX Ant measures approximately 18" long x 6.75" wide x 4" tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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A Mastermind Toys exclusive!

Deluxe Snap Circuits Light and Sound Combo is the ultimate Snap Circuits Kit, with instructions to build more than 350 exciting projects. Packed into a durable, reusable storage case are over 65 parts and a full colour, easy-to-follow instruction manual.

Features Include:

  • Keyboard with optical theremin
  • Sound energy demonstration
  • Echo effects
  • Infrared detector
  • Glow-in-the-dark fan
  • Voice changer (record voice or music and play it back at various speeds)
  • Strobe light and colour changing LED
  • Connect to smart phone (sold separately) and analyze sounds with apps

Requires 4 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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This fun solar powered robot can be transformed into 14 different robots which include a multitude of amusing and functional movements! Easily change and rebuild the robot into different creations, from a wagging-tail dog to a running beetle, a walking crab, a surfer, a speedster to a zombie chaser and more! This educational robot kit provides unique accessories and parts that make the robot move on land or water. Best of all, these cool robots function on solar power so no batteries are needed!

Kit can be transformed into 14 robots at 2 skill levels. Level 1 includes: Turtle-bot, Beetle-bot, Quadru-bot, Boat-bot, Walker-bot, Dog-bot, and Wheel-bot. Level 2 includes: Roly Poly-bot, Auto-bot, Slither-bot, Surf-bot, Zombie-bot, Crab-bot, and Row-bot.

Winner of Dr. Toy’s Best Green Toy of 2013 Award and Creative Child Magazines Top Toy of the Year 2013 Award!

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An awesome star-finding tool, the Stellarscope displays all the main stars and constellations of both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Choose the adapter for your latitude and rotate the time/date selector for the current date and time. Look through the Stellar scope for a star map aligned with the actual night sky as it appears in your location at that very moment.

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Test Tube Discoveries is a collection of 15 amazing experiments contained in five unbreakable test tubes. Each test tube features up to three cool activities and lots of science learning fun.

  • Make your own lava lamp in a test tube
  • Disappearing Jelly Ice - grow realistic-looking jelly ice that seems to disappear in water
  • Garbled marbles - act as a jelly crystallologist as you characterize and classify. Then use water to turn coloured beads into balls that bounce!
  • pH phun and the mystery of the bloody handprint. Uncover the secrets of acids and bases as you learn the trick that makes paper "bleed"
  • Gravi-goo - create an amazing slime that crawls uphill

The test tubes can be used again and again after the experiments are done. Your kit contains a list of experiment ideas to get you started.

Kit includes: 5 giant, plastic test tubes with lids, 1 plastic test tube holder, litmus paper, large clear cubes, half-sheet of goldenrod paper, pipette, 10g Gravity Goo Powder, Garbled Marbles, 3 fizzing colour tablets, instructions, and vinyl carrying bag.

Lab in a Bag measures approximately 9.75" wide X 3" high X 7.5" long.

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This complete, deluxe kit has so much to experiement with for young scientists interested in crystals and geodes!

Measure how the crystallization of solids out of a solution and the dissolution of crystals back into solution, affect the temperature of the solution. Learn about the energy of crystallization! Investigate solutions, crystallization, and the chemistry of crystal growing. Learn about the structures and geometries of different crystal shapes.

Experiment with four chemically different crystals each with different properties, including potassium alum crystals that form regular octahedrons, rapidly growing sodium sulfate crystals, long needle-shaped sodium acetate crystals as well as plaster which is made from gypsum crystals. Mold fun plaster shapes, including stars, lightning bolts, dolphins, and pyramids, and grow layers of crystals on them! Use dyes to form colored crystals, and mix the dyes to grow a rainbow of custom coloured crystals.

Once youu have created some crystals you can display your crystal creations in the included clear treasure chest with a locking lid!

Mold your own geode — a hollow rock with crystals growing inside — and create a beautiful crystal cavern within. Experiment with growing crystals rapidly and slowly, and observe how that affects the crystal structures. See if you can grow one giant crystal and many small crystals on the surface of a rock!

A full-colour, 32-page experiment manual guides your experiments in crystal chemistry and Earth science.

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Ages 8 and up

Complete over 165 projects with the Snap Circuits Motion kit – all motion and physics focused! Experiments include colour-changing lighted fan, air fountain, motion detector, and more! Snap Circuits gives your child hands-on lessons about how electrical circuits are used to run the everyday devices they're familiar with. Snap Circuits are also great for learning how to follow instructions.

Contains more than 50 pieces.

 

Requires 4 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Do more than 15 activities with Test Tube Adventures!

  • Make a rainbow tube
  • Learn about membranes in substances
  • Play with touchable bubbles
  • Learn to categorize colours
  • Play with disappearing ink
  • Learn why bubbles float
  • Make a super bouncing ball
  • Learn about plastic molding
  • Make yards of worms
  • Learn about pH reactions
  • And more!

Includes 5 plastic test tubes with lids, 1 plastic test tube holder, 10g Superabsorbent crystals, 30ml Worm Goo, 5g Worm Goo Activator, 16ml disappearing ink, 10g bouncing ball powder, 1 plastic bouncing ball mold, 17ml touchable bubbles, and instructions.

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See the world close up with this jumbo magnifier! Explore your surroundings in amazing detail with this brightly coloured, jumbo magnifying glass! The large lens lets you inspect bugs, plants - whatever you can find in your house or the great outdoors! It also features a fold-out stand so you can enjoy hands-free magnification of items on the ground or tabletop!

Ships in assorted colours.

Measures approximately 8" long, with an approximate diameter of 3.5".

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The Solar Space Fleet Kit is an innovative solar powered science kit that can transform into seven different lunar modules (one at a time) and energized via direct sunlight or micro rechargeable battery.

Some solar powered toys, particularly those children can build themselves; provide an ideal mix of creative, active learning. The Solar Space Fleet, for example, allows children to snap together parts (no tools required) to create seven different working models including a Space Station, Robot, Rover, Vehicle, Astronaut, Shuttle, and Dog. Each complete model is powered by a mini solar panel using sunlight, indoor halogen light, or micro rechargeable battery that literally brings the kits to life. As children watch the toy they built move around and speed up or slow down depending on the intensity of the light, they’re not only learning and experimenting with solar power but also having fun with it.

The kit can be powered by either a solar panel or a micro rechargeable battery (both are included in the kit). The micro rechargeable battery can be charged in two ways. One is charged by direct sunlight, and the other is charged by alkaline batteries (not included). Let’s discover future “green” technology with a spatial adventure indoors and outdoors with this Solar Space Fleet Kit.

Requires 2 AAA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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The Light Crystal Prism will fascinate children by demonstrating the rainbow of colours that is hidden in natural sunlight. Bevel-cut to reflect images into wonderful kaleidoscopic patterns, the Light Crystal Prism will provide hours of imaginative play for your child.

Includes prism and instructions.

Prism measures approximately 2.5” long.

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Powerful optics reveal clear, sharp focus at 30x magnification. See the fine detailed designs on banknotes. Examine skin and hair. See how this page is printed using millions of coloured dots. Try looking at fibres in clothes, like wool and cotton. The Pocket Microscope will provide surprising and impressive images to fascinate young scientists.

Measures approximately 6" long x 1.5" tall x 4" wide.

 

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Discover how a combustion engine works by building your very own working model. Using the simplified instructions, piece together over 100 parts to build an engine with movement and lights.

This fantastic engine is a marvelous and fun way to learn all about how an internal combustion engine works. First the engine 'starts up' and then it runs 'firing' to show how the combusting fuel and air drives the pistons down to make the crankshaft turn.

  • No paints or glue required!
  • Lights imitate sparks!
  • Motorized fan really spins!

Includes screwdriver.

Contains more than 100 pieces.

Built model measures approximately 9.5" long, and 8.5" high.

Requires 3 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized Hexbug and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colorful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Scarab, young Hexbug engineers start by constructing the base chassis and assembling the six green legs. Once the chassis is in place, the brain and motors are connected to the bottom of the base, and the legs are attached. Next steps include building the outer body shell and then wiring the brain to the sensors and motors using snap connectors.

To program the robotic scarab, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 250 snap together pieces.

Build product measures approximately 16” long, 15 wide and 7” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Build an FM radio that really works!

Designed by a company that was founded over 30 years ago by a pair of engineers, all Snap Circuits parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease - which means that children as young as eight can benefit from Snap Circuits. An added bonus: no tools are required for Snap Circuits play, which means children can get to "work" as soon as they open the box. With Snap Circuits your children will see that learning about electronics is a snap!

Kit includes 4 projects, and the new flexible mini base grid (measures approximately 7.7" long x 5.5" wide.)

Requires 3 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system, being used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colorful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

 

This VEX Robotics 4 In 1 Kit includes more than 650 pieces - everything a young HEXBUG engineer needs to build a giant Ant, Scarab, Spider, Strandbeast, or one of their very own creations! With this kit, kids will learn about how the motors, sensors, gears and the robot’s brain work together to communicate with the controller and bring the robot to life.

 

To program the robots, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine which behaviors make most sense for each robot. There are a total of 64 possible programming variations from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 650 pieces.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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This kit is a collection of amazing experiments contained in five unbreakable test tubes. Each test tube features up to three cool activities and lots of science learning fun.

The test tubes in this kit contain:

  • Insta-Snow® - Make a blizzard in a test tube instantly!
  • Magic Sand - Experiment with amazing, colourful, waterproof sand
  • Energy Beads - Use the sun to make these incredible beads chance colour
  • Growing Dino - Grow a squishy dinosaur in a test tube simply by adding water
  • Rainbow Tube - Grow squishy jelly crystals and use them to trap a rainbow in a tube

The test tubes can be used again and again after the experiments are done. Your kit contains a list of experiment ideas to get you started.

Kit includes: 5 giant, plastic test tubes with lids, 1 plastic test tube holder, 7g Water Gel™ , 10g Superabsorbent Crystals, 7g Insta-Snow® powder, 3 True Colors™ Fizzing Tablets, 25g Magic Sand, 12 UV Energy Beads, 1 Growing Dinosaur, instructions, and vinyl carrying bag.

Lab in a Bag measures approximately 9.75" wide X 3" high X 7.5" long.

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