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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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Get started with drawing circuits on paper. The Basic Kit contains a Circuit Scribe pen, six modules, a 9V Battery and other accessories. Explore basic circuit concepts like conductivity and work up to creating a touch-sensitive circuit using the NPN transistor.

The Basic Plus Kits contains a workbook with 27 pages of lessons that works through resistance, elements in parallel and series, open and short circuits, and more.

Includes: 6 Modules (9V Battery adapter with 9V battery, x2 Bi-LED, SPST Switch, NPN Transistor, 2-Pin Adapter with 5x resistors; 100, 1k, 10k, 100k and 1M ohm, 2x capacitors; 0.1uF, 1.0uF, and one photoresistor; 10k ohms.), plus additional items; Conductive Ink Pen, Circuit Stencil, Jumper Sticker Sheet, Workbook (Optional), Steel sheet.

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Build your own Edison-style phonograph that stores and plays back your own sound recordings, and do 20 other fun activities with the Sciencewiz Sound kit! This cool kit is designed to help kids understand how sound works. Directions are clear, step-by-step, and highly visual for maximum learning potential! Other activities include:

  • Exploring the doppler shift
  • Modeling sound waves with a slinky
  • Listening to your heartbeat
  • Learning about human and animal ears
  • Measuring decibels
  • Playing with pitch
  • Transmitting sounds through liquids, solids, and gasses
  • And more!
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Learn how the history of the Earth is written in rocks! This kit is complete with a 56 page illustrated book which provides easy to understand step-by-step instructions and comes with materials for various activities. With more than 20 exciting experiments young scientists will learn how to identify rocks, create a lava fountain, smash rocks, learn about lava and a whole lot more!

A perfect gift for curious, aspiring geologists and a fun and educational activity for parties, playdates, rainy days or any time!

The ScienceWiz Rock Science Kit was authored by Dr. Penny Norman (Ph.D. in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley) and Ann Einstein (M.A.T., elementary educator) who use appealing kitchen table experiments refined through years of testing in after school programs and camps to relate rocks to the history of our planet.

Quality time, quality play, quality learning! That's ScienceWiz!

Requires some household items (not included).

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Dig into the fascinating world of insects and entomology with all the tools you need to collect, observe, and learn about amazing bugs! Includes a portable terrarium, pit trap, and bug catcher!

Includes portable Bug Terrarium with soft plastic handle, built-in 2x and 3x magnifiers, breathing holes, and mirrored bottom, Pit Trap with funnel, designed specifically to attract and catch insects, exclusive, one-of-a-kind Bug Catcher with easy insect catch-and-release, and breathing holes for up-close observation, and a 22-Page activity journal

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  • Build five models including a helicopter, solar-bot, moon rover, stag beetle, and praying mantis
  • Learn about harnessing and using solar power
  • Experiment with motors, gears, and simple machines

In one way or another, almost every form of energy we use originates as energy from the sun. Physics Solar Workshop explores the topic of solar energy, focusing on photovoltaic cells.

By building five awesome models and conducting experiments with them, learn how solar cells transform light into electrical energy, and how motors and mechanical devices can optimize the work done by this energy. Start with a simple helicopter model that converts sunlight into a rotating motion and demonstrates the basics of solar technology.

Build models of: a solar-bot, or a moon rover, or a stag beetle. Finally, build a cool praying mantis model that moves like an insect and is powered by a solar cell! The models can also be powered by a battery (sold separately), allowing operation in all lighting conditions.

Includes 138 parts, which are compatible with other Thames & Kosmos physics and engineering kits, and 48-page book with illustrated step-by-step instructions for the projects.

Compatible with one rechargeable AA battery (not required, sold separately).

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Get up close and personal with nature. Observe nature magnified 30X with the Mobile Device Microscope. Simply attach it to your mobile device and view, you can also record videos and take photos of magnified objects – no software necessary!

Works with your own mobile device (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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Learn about renewable resources while you build a wind-powered generator to energize your electric vehicle and charge your rechargeable batteries!

The wind spins the turbine, which turns an electric generator, which in turn charges your rechargeable AA batteries (not included). You can then use those wind-charged batteries to power the model vehicles you build. The six models include a glider, sail car, jet car, tractor, race car, or tricycle.

This kit includes two styles of wind turbine blades and a gearbox with three different gear ratios for experiments. You can adjust the angle and number of wind turbine blades to make best use of the wind, to make the LED light up brightly, and to charge the rechargeable battery as fast as possible.

A great gift for young scientists who are ready for a hands-on way of learning about wind energy!

Explore this amazing, free source of renewable energy and store the electricity you generate for use in practical applications!

Requires 1 rechargable AA battery (not included.)

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This complete science kit is a perfect introduction to the principals of physics! By building 12 models uncover the fundamental ideas of mechanical physics including pulleys, lever arms, wheels, centripetal and centrifugal force and gears.

Physics Discovery brings these ideas to life with experiments and the 32 page illustrated guide as well as the dozens of parts used to create a catapult, elevator, moving picture machine, motor and more!

The included parts are compatible with all of the Thames & Kosmos Physics kits.

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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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Which decays faster—a banana peel or a Styrofoam cup? Find out with the only transparent composting kit designed just for kids!

Includes clear compost container with 2 compartments and removable divider, two 3x magnifiers, 2 write-on/wipe-off boards, lid with air holes, and a 22-page activity journal.

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Maker-kids will get a charge out of building these: compact, interactive ‘bots that feature push-button programming and tons of personality!

Each sold separately. Assorted styles available, Basher, Scoket, or Switch.

Includes 1 Meccano Micronoid Robot.

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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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Two exciting learning experiences in one! Dig out the geode, then break it open to find any hidden crystals inside.

Includes: full dimensional excavation block, digging tool, brush tool, magnifier, pouch, and educational booklet.

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Snap Circuits Arcade offers STEM concepts with fun learning, and creative activities. Snap Circuits uses building pieces with snaps to assemble different electronic circuits on a simple "rows-and-columns" base gird that functions like the printed circuit boards found in most electronic products. Each component is easily identifiable by a different colour and functional purpose. Snap Circuits Arcade includes over 200 projects, and more than 20 build-and-play games. This cool kit utilizes 30 components including an internal Microcontroller pre-programmed with many fun to play interactive games, a programmable word fan, a tri-color light orb and a dual LED display.

Contains more than 35 pieces.

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 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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Snap Circuits Jr. makes learning about electronics a snap! This kit comes with colour-coded, real circuit components that can be easily snapped together to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside electronic devices. The easy-to-follow project manual includes instructions for building 130 electronic projects.

  • Build over 130 projects
  • Contains over 30 parts
  • Glow in-the-dark flying saucer
  • Colour changing LED
  • Phototranistor
  • Motor
  • Music, alarm, and space war ICs to make sounds

Requires 2 AA batteries. (NOT INCLUDED).

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Is there science behind the “five second rule”? What kind of bacteria live on your toothbrush? Grow and observe bacteria and learn about different types of germs!

Includes 4 Petri dishes, 250 mL standing, round-bottomed flask with volume markings, and stopper with hole to fit on top of flask, spreader for spreading bacteria, waterproof colony counter grid, loupe with 8x magnification, tweezers, funnel, pipette, gloves, nutrient agar packet plus recipe to make more agar, and 22-page activity journal.

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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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