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20 New Kits for 2013!

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Rocket Science
Last century, the effort to put humans on the moon inspired a whole generation of scientists and engineers. More recently, we have been captivated by new discoveries made by robots on Mars. Our internet, GPS maps, and telecommunications networks all depend on satellites. Whether you’re putting humans on the moon, robots on Mars, or satellites in orbit, you need rockets built by rocket scientists.

This kit is, in fact, rocket science. But that doesn’t mean it’s difficult or boring! Physics comes alive in this action-packed series of experiments centered around a specially-designed “stomp-on” rocket launcher with three foam rockets. Launch water- and air-powered rockets to learn about action and reaction forces. Build a balloonpropelled rocket, boat, and race car. Play a game to try to hit target “planets” with the foam rockets. Explore the physical principles of gravity and inertia. Learn about air pressure. Read up on the different vehicles humans have used to escape Earth’s gravitational pull.


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Crystal Creation
Crystals are fascinating creations of natural beauty. Diamonds, gemstones, rose quartz, snowflakes, sugar grains, and table salt are all crystals. Grow your own crystals and explore these exquisitely ordered structures in a fun, creative way with six crafty experiments.

This kit includes five different chemicals and other tools for growing crystals. Grow a crystal cloud inside a rainbow. Watch pink iridescent crystals form from a translucent solution. Grow long needle-shaped crystals. Mold plaster hearts and flowers and then grow a layer of pink crystals on them. Create the perfect solution to get crystals to form on a granite rock.

A specially designed experiment station provides molds and growing basins for your crystal creations. After you have grown your crystals, store them safely in three clear, locking display boxes. Learn how and why crystals form, and tips and tricks for getting the biggest, most beautiful crystals. Full-color, 16-page experiment manual.

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Electronics
In this increasingly digital world, it is more and more important for kids to have a basic understanding of electricity and electronics. With this experiment kit, you can get a well-rounded introduction to electronic circuits and the most important electronic components found in today’s digital devices.

Assemble 20 electric circuits on the custom-designed plastic circuit board including a moisture sensor, conductivity tester, polygraph, alarm systems, door alarm, flip-flop circuit, timed switch, timer, flashing lights, battery tester, touch sensor, and temperature sensor. Become familiar with essential electronic components including conducting connectors, resistors, LEDs (light-emitting diodes), capacitors, transistors, switches, and power sources.

Learn about conductors, insulators, and the flow of electrons. Understand abstract scientific terms like voltage, current, and resistance. Learn how to read circuit diagrams and circuit symbols.

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Science Experiments in the Tub

Splash into science with this experiment kit designed specifically for use in the bathtub, kitchen sink, or backyard kiddie pool! Try nine fun experiments with water to learn about the properties of water, water pressure, buoyancy, surface tension, and more. Build a boat, a tiny waterwheel, soapy spinning disks, and communicating vessels. The experiment manual is printed on waterproof plastic cards instead of paper.


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Solar Thermal Lab
Solar thermal energy refers to the technology of collecting solar energy in the form of heat and making it useful, for example, by converting it into electricity or heating homes. Huge solar thermal towers are being installed in sunny places around the world to convert the sunís heat into electricity via turbines powered by hot air. With this kit, you can build your own simple solar thermal updraft towers to collect the sunís energy and use it to spin colorful turbines. Test the solar turbines in various configurations and compare the results from two different towers. Learn about thermal updrafts and solar thermal energy.

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Electro Chem Clock
Explore the exciting science of electrochemistry with this fun electric lab. Build a battery that produces electricity from lemon juice. Use the battery to power a digital clock with LCD display. Experiment with using other acids, such as cola or even salty water, to power your clock. Learn the basics of electricity, electrochemical reactions, batteries, and conductors and insulators.

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Crystal Garden
Grow a marvelous crystal garden with these fast-growing crystals. The centers of four flower cards bloom into delicate crystal structures in just a few hours. You can practically see the crystals form before your eyes on the branches of filter-paper trees. Learn about how and why crystals form, and experiment with different colored flowers.

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Water
Explore the physical properties of water in eight experiments. Learn why boats float. Defy gravity with water. Experiment with surface tension and the basic principles of hydraulics.

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Bubbles
Do fun tricks with bubbles to learn basic scientific principles. Blow giant bubbles, mini-bubbles, bubbles within bubbles, chains of bubbles, and bubble blankets. Includes original Pustefix solution.

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Magnets
Discover the invisible world of magnetic forces. “Draw” pictures with magnets. Make a magnetic driving test. Test the strength of magnets and learn how to lift objects without touching them!

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Optical Illusions
Explore the phenomena of optical illusions with ten fun experiments. Play with a distorting mirror. Learn how 3D glasses work. Build a kaleidoscope. Make a simple “motion picture.”anual guides your experiments with illustrated step-by-step instructions.

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Kids First Biology Lab
Discover the science of living things with this complete introductory microscope kit. The beautifully illustrated experiment manual guides you through observations of many living specimens found in and around your home: onion cells, pond water, chloroplasts, plant stem cross sections, microorganisms, mouth cells, meat cells, different types of hair and fur, dust mites, bugs, pollen in honey, and much more.

See how an onion cell shrivels and how an earthworm wiggles. Analyze the differences between the hair on your head and the sheep’s hair in your wool sweater.

The kit includes three prepared specimens on a slide, four blank slides, cover slips, tweezers, needle, section slicing tool, and vial. Learn how to use these tools to prepare slides and how to use the microscope to examine them. Investigate how the lenses in a microscope bend light to magnify images.

The ocular lens, or eyepiece lens, of the microscope has an adjustable 12x to 18x magnification power. When combined with the three objective lenses, this results in a total magnification power of 96x to 750x. It has a battery-powered light and a mirror to light up the specimens. The full-color, 32-page manual covers microscope setup, usage, and many fascinating observations of biological specimens.

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Kids First Chemistry Set
Kick off a chain reaction of fun-filled experiments with this introductory chemistry set designed specifically for young kids. Junior chemists can safely explore simple chemistry using the tools in this kit and common household substances from the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Learn how to use basic chemistry equipment such as filters, test tubes, pipettes, and measuring spoons, and beakers. Make your own test tube racks out of plaster and learn about the chemical reaction that formed them.

Conduct experiments to identify different chemicals using reactions, heat, evaporation, and crystallization. Examine the composition of inks and dyes with chromatography experiments, where colors magically separate from one another on a filter paper disk. Explore the properties of water, soaps, and oils.

Experiment with acids and bases using indicators (pH strips and cabbage juice) to identify them. Make fizzy reactions with acids and bases to dissolve shells and inflate balloons. Discover the invisible gas carbon dioxide and its very visible effects.

The full-color, 48-page manual guides inquisitive young chemists and their adult supervisors through safely conducting each of the 25 experiments.

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Science or Magic?
Science is often said to be magic, and magical phenomena are often explained with science. This kit gives kids a fun way to explore scientific occurrences and principles by doing exciting tricks and performances for an audience.

The 20 easy tricks in this kit always have scientific explanations behind them, even if they appear to defy the laws of physics and nature. The tricks include levitating objects, making objects appear as if to move on their own, gravity-defying water, magically puncturing an apple with a flimsy plastic straw, a magical funnel that won’t let water through, resting a balloon on a bed of nails without it popping, disappearing water, a magical balancing butterfly, levitating a funnel on a string, a magic box that makes objects disappear, and many more.

Fun demonstrations include: What falls faster, a feather or a heavy weight? Can you blow bubbles into two glasses of water at the same time? Can you make a water balloon rise up on its own from the bottom of a tub of water?

The kit also includes a small cardboard theater, props, tickets, and flyers to set the right stage for your magic show. The 48-page, full-color, comic-book style manual guides you through the preparation and performance of 20 magic tricks.

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Electronics Advanced Circuits
Tap into the awesome world of electronics with this advanced system of snap-together electric building blocks. Start out by experimenting with colorful light-up circuits as you dive into the basics of electricity. Install a sound module to generate the sounds of police cars, ambulances, or fire engines.

Learn the important role resistors and potentiometers (variable resistors) play in an electronic circuit.

Use a multimeter to measure invisible voltage and current flowing through your circuit. Investigate transistors in switches and amplifiers to learn how the logical circuits in computers work. Build circuits that use sensors to detect moisture, temperature, and visible light.

Incorporate capacitors in your circuits to store and discharge electricity for specific functions, such as a countdown clock and a red-green alternate flasher. Test out the indispensable 555 timer to build some complicated circuits. Use an operational amplifier and an FM radio module to build an alarm clock.

This kit uses the same unique electric building blocks as our other electronics kits, with the addition of many new advanced components, allowing you to build more complex circuits. The more than 140 electronic components include capacitors, resistors, transistors, LEDs (light emitting diodes), phototransistor, switches, speaker, integrated circuit, infrared LED, diodes, FM tuner, 555 timer, operation amplifier, two potentiometers, electrodes, voltage and current meter, microphone, and 9-volt battery pack.

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Scope Constructor
Build your own microscopes, telescopes, and binoculars with this unique optical construction kit. This innovative kit teaches young scientists how microscopes and telescopes work by letting them build these scopes from simple, reconfigurable parts.

Discover first-hand how lenses bend light and learn how they can be combined together to make images larger and clearer for different applications.

Build many types of scopes and learn how their various components function. Experiment with different lenses, different tube lengths, and different body configurations. Construct binoculars and a spotting scope.

Examine three prepared slides under your microscope and prepare your own slides. Use the telescopes to view far away objects on Earth, and the craters on the moon.

Build 28 different models with 147 building pieces. Full-color, 60-page experiment manual.

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Air-Stream Machines
Build a working hovercraft that glides across smooth floors or flat water on a cushion of air. Learn how even though air is invisible, it still has mass and can support very heavy objects under the right circumstances. Experiment with propellers and impellers to learn about air pressure and air flow.

The models in this kit use a unique blower motor and a safe, soft-bladed fan to drive a series of models. The blower motor uses an impeller to increase the air pressure under the hovercraft. The fan creates a stream of air to push the vehicle forward. Using these components, you can build and investigate the hovercraft and other machines that rely on air and air pressure to function.

Construct a batting machine that tosses a ball upward on a stream of air. Assemble a basketball launcher and practice shooting hoops with air power. Make a fan-driven car that drives forward, propelled by a stream of air. Experiment to see how much weight your hovercraft can support.

Full-color, 32-page experiment manual. 59 building pieces.

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Air+Water Power PLUS
Build your own models powered by air pressure and water to learn about the laws of physics. A larger, super-charged version of our original Air+Water Power kit, this kit allows you to build more powerful models using two different air-and-water-powered systems: water-jet propelled cars and hydro-pneumo (water-air) powered engines. The hydropneumo system in this kit uses a larger, more powerful self-contained air-and-water turbine system as a motor. Two pressurized air-water tanks are included, allowing you to build two water-jet propelled cars simultaneously and race them against each other.

Construct 30 models including pressurized water guns, air-and-water turbine driven cars, rocket cars, and jet boats. The water-jet propelled cars are a fun outdoor activity, while the self-contained hydro-pneumo powered models are fun both indoors and out. Compete with your friends to see whose water-jet propelled car goes the fastest, and whose hydro-pneumo car goes the farthest!

60-page color instruction book. 176 building pieces.

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Solar Car
Construct a solar-electric car and four additional models using an innovative motor module that can be powered by a solar cell or batteries.

Build a race car that drives across the floor, a helicopter with spinning rotor blades, a windmill with spinning turbine, a jet plane, and a gyrocopter.

Learn how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into electricity to drive the motor and move your models.

Full-color, 32-page color instruction book. 30 building pieces.

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Solar Boat
Construct a solar-electric boat and five additional models using an innovative motor module that can be powered by a solar cell or batteries.

Build a solar catamaran driven by a fanboat-like propeller, a windmill, airplane model, spaceship model, fan, and rocket model.

Learn how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into electricity to drive the motor and move your models.

Full-color, 32-page color instruction book. 40 building pieces.

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