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40 New Kits for 2014!

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SPARK is a new line of experiment kits covering a wide range of scientific subjects. They make science activities accessible and approachable with low prices and a simple presentation. Retailing for less than $10 each, these twelve kits offer science experiments that are fun, fast, easy, and inexpensive. Plastic blister packaging can be hung on pegs or stand on a shelf.

Crystal Animals

Grow a fuzzy crystal polar bear and a fluffy crystal penguin with a fast-growing, non-toxic solution. Learn how and why crystals form.

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Flower & Leaf Press

Preserve flowers and leaves that you collect with this specially designed press device. Use your pressed specimens for crafts. Learn about the botanical structure of plants.





Kitchen Chemistry

Experiment with safe materials from your kitchen, such as sugar, salt, water, baking soda, and vinegar, to learn about ten of the most important topics in chemistry.





Mini Volcano

Erupt a small model of a volcano with a chemical reaction to learn about how real volcanoes occur. Non-toxic chemicals included.





Amazing Gyroscope

Experiment with a spinning top and a gyroscope to learn about the physics of motion, forces, and gravity. Make the gyroscope balance on a tabletop and on a string.





Fingerprint Detective

Collect and analyze fingerprints to learn about scientific investigation. Use black powder to dust for fingerprints and look for genetic traits.





Crystal Geode

Grow a beautiful crystal geode, a hollow rock with crystals inside it, by first molding a plaster shell and then filling it with a crystal-forming solution. Learn about geological crystal formations.





Dinosaur Skeleton Dig

Mold a cool-looking dinosaur skeleton fossil in a plaster rock form. Discover how and why fossilized dinosaurs are found around the world.





Cosmic Colors

Create a colorful stained-glass planet and comet with translucent gels and black foam outlines. Learn how the primary colors mix to form more colors.





Molecule Madness

Make wobbly gelatin beads by dripping sodium alginate into a solution containing calcium ions. Learn how massive chains of polymers make these fun squishy orbs possible.





3D Crystal Shapes

Construct three-dimensional crystal models, coat them with a colorful crystalline layer, and then hang them as a mobile or window sun-catcher. Learn about how atoms form different crystal shapes.





Gold Rush Geology

Pan for fake gold from inside a block of plaster “dirt.” Learn the techniques of panning for gold and about the precious element itself.







Get ready to totally geek out on awesome science projects! GEEK & CO. SCIENCE is a new series of twelve science-themed project kits that put fun first to make learning truly approachable and entertaining. With each kit, kids build a tangible, lasting item — an object worthy of keeping on display after the fun and educational process of creating it is over.


Slime Time



 
Construct an electro-goop powered battery and use it to juice up a digital clock. Learn about electrochemical reactions, electrodes, and batteries.


Glow Stick Lab



 
Make your own glow sticks in three colors using non-toxic phosphorescent substances and a special glow stick tube with a built-in ultraviolet light. Experiment with different glowing chemicals from around the house.


DIY Solar System



 
Craft the whole solar system with yarn planets. Wrap balloons in yarn and a special glue solution, let them harden, pop the balloons, and then paint your planets to resemble the real things. Learn about the solar system.


Giant Mars Volcano



Erupt a model of the largest volcano in our solar system, Olympus Mons on Mars. It is three times taller than Mt. Everest. Using a special plaster mixture and iron oxide powder, your mega-volcano hardens after each eruption and slowly grows like a real volcano.


Neon Light Writer



 
Put your name in lights with vibrant electroluminescent wire (EL wire for short) and a pegboard. Learn about electric circuits and lighting technologies. Write up to eight characters, or combine two kits to make longer names or words.


Crystal Jewelry



 
Grow your own beautiful crystal jewelry including a crystal pendant, crystal ring, and other jewelry. Learn how and why crystals form from saturated solutions.


Musical UFO



 
Build an electronic musical device that works like a simple theremin, an instrument in which the pitch is controlled by the movement of your hand. In this device, a light sensor inside the UFO’s dome senses the changing light level as you move your hand above it, changing the sound.


Crystal Nightlight



Grow a big beautiful crystal and assemble a special platform to display it with a color-changing LED circuit inside. Learn about crystal formation and LED technology.


Plasma Reactor



Create a fizzing and bubbling reaction that resembles a lava lamp inside this cool rocket ship shaped container. An LED light illuminates the reaction from the underside. Learn about chemical reactions.


Grass Head



Make your own shaggy green friend with soil for brains and grass for hair. Simply wrap the growing medium and grass seeds in the stretchy pouch, position it on the plastic body, and decorate it with the stickers to create the character of your choice. After a few days, the grass hair begins to sprout through the pouch, and soon you’ll be able to give your friend their first haircut.


Ultralight Airplanes



Construct awesome flying gliders with ultralight plastic and bamboo parts. Build five different types of planes with different wing configurations to learn how wings provide lift and how planes stay up in the air.


Wind Racer



 
Build a working sail car model that races across the ground. Reconfigure the sail into a windsock and experiment with how that changes the sail car’s movement. Build a glider-scooter and a wind-direction indicator to further explore sails, the physics of air, and wind power.




It’s time to majorly geek out on the coolest arts and crafts projects! GEEK & CO. CRAFTS is a new series of ten craft kits designed with the same attention to high-quality, educational experiences that goes into Thames & Kosmos science kits. Through the process of crafting, kids learn about a variety of topics in nature, art, and science. There are five smaller kits and five larger kits.


Garden Pirate



Make the world a little greener by depositing seed “bombs” in forgotten outdoor spaces. Using fun shape molds, you can cast seed bombs from fast-growing flower seeds, growing medium, plaster gypsum, sand, and water. Once the seed bomb shapes have dried and hardened, they can be distributed in appropriate outdoor places. After a while, a beautiful cluster of flowers will explode in those spots. Learn what seeds need in order to germinate.


3D Sidewalk Chalk



Mold your own colorful sidewalk chalk. Draw pictures on the sidewalk or pavement with the chalk, and use the 3D glasses to make the images pop off the ground. Learn about the science of plaster and the 3D illusion.


Braided Slingshot



Braid a thin string into a strong elastic cord, attach a sewn leather cuff to hold a soft foam ball, and you have made your own slingshot! Learn about how braids make weak fibers stronger.


Do-It-Yourself UFOs



Create intergalactic flying objects and funny alien models from a variety of materials. Using metallic foil, holographic foil, silver cardboard, wire, transparent domes, and your own everyday recycled materials, you can dream up and construct your own extraterrestrial spaceships. Make alien figures to pilot these ships from white and green clay. Learn about the scientific search for extraterrestrial life.


Plaster Sculptures



Let your imagination run wild and create individual works of three-dimensional sculptural art. Start by building a basic framework for a sculpture using just balloons and wire. With the help of paper and plaster bandages, you can give your sculpture a visually appealing outer surface. The result is unique characters, animals, or other sculptures that can be painted with water-based paints to make them come to life.


Yarn-Storming Machines



This simple device allows anyone to successfully knit yarn into beautiful crafts without knitting needles. The plastic knitting frame with adjustable bridge enables kids to knit tubular and rectangular shapes. A smaller tool makes braids. With the included tools and woolen yarn in a variety of colors, you can knit up a storm of crafts and design your own cuffs, scarves, and jewelry. And for those looking to broaden their knitting horizons, there are even tips on how to take your craft to the streets with urban knitting: bollards, tree trunks, poles, and railings can be embellished in colorful yarn envelopes. The full-color manual gives instructions on how to use the knitting machine and ideas for projects.


Airbrush T-Shirt Makeover



Make over your old t-shirts and give them new life! With an airbrush tool, colored fabric ink, and either custom templates or free-style spray painting, you can add a wide variety of designs and pictures to your old t-shirts. Continue the makeover by adding shiny sequins, fabric shapes, and multi-colored buttons to achieve a truly personalized style. The result is chic, fun, and customized pieces that are as unique as their designers. The full-color manual gives instructions for how to use the airbrush, ideas for embellishing the t-shirts, and also explains the science behind spray painting.


Monster Sewing Workshop



Learn to sew by making a funny lovable little monster that only a mother or father could love. The full-color manual explains the basic techniques involved in hand sewing and offers various design suggestions for creating your own stuffed monsters. A wide variety of printed fabrics, felt, thread, stuffing, and other materials are supplied to enable the creation of unique and personalized monsters that you can keep for yourself or unleash on your friends.


Flip-Flop Bead Party



Design and bead a pair of simple yet fashionable sandals. Using foam rubber panels, a variety of colorful beads, buttons, and cord, you can make a custom pair of funky flip-flops. With the leftover beads, you can make other crafts such as necklaces and bracelets. The full-color manual provides instructions for how to bead and make the flip-flops. Learn about the plastic materials you are working with.


Spin Art Revolution



Create fascinating abstract paintings by dripping paint on this spinning turntable. Easily affix the paper to the turntable, set the turntable spinning with a simple pumping motion on the button, and then drip liquid paint onto the turning paper. There is some element of chaos and surprise as the images will always look different. Use your finished artwork for mobiles, greeting cards, and stationary. The full-color manual explains how to use the spin art machine, and also teaches the science behind pigment mixing, paint viscosity, and rotational physics.




Bubble Blower
Build a machine that automatically blows a stream of soap bubbles in different sizes. Learn how electric motors and fans work and why soap solution forms bubbles when air is blown through a soap film.





Electric Fan
Build a working electric fan using a circuit that consists of a fan blade rotor, electric motor, LED, resistor, switch, and battery holder. Learn how motors work, the role each electronic component plays in the circuit, and how fan blades push air to make wind.







Glowing Chemistry
Explore the fascinating world of chemical reactions that produce light, called chemiluminescence. Mix up a magical blue light in a test tube using the glowing chemical luminol and other substances. With some cool chemical reactions, even coins and radishes begin to glow. You will discover how the natural world is full of luminous mysteries: bright spots on bananas, fluorescent chestnut bark, and glowing creatures in the sea. Experiment with the special ultraviolet lamp to reveal things that would otherwise be invisible. Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible and invisible light. Experiment with glow-in-the-dark plastic. Build a fun glowing puppet theatre to play around with glowing pigments and discover real-world applications for glowing chemistry.

A 48-page, full-color manual guides you through 22 experiments in light chemistry and provides scientific explanations and examples.


Electricity: Master Lab
We encounter electricity everywhere in our lives — at home, in school, even our bodies have electric charges in them. Alternating current (AC), or electric current that cyclically changes its direction, plays a particularly important role in our world. Countless appliances and devices, including televisions, electric heaters, desk lamps, and smartphone transformers are operated with AC.

This is the first science experiment kit to thoroughly explore alternating current in addition to the more commonly addressed direct current (DC), the unidirectional current from standard batteries. With this kit, you can safely experiment with the physical science theories and applications of electricity. Conduct 110 experiments to investigate electrical engineering from AC to DC. Start by exploring the basics of electric current by building simple circuits with batteries, switches, and lights. Build series and parallel circuits as well as more complex circuits such as a traffic signal and alarm system.

Experiment to observe the physical effects of electric current such as heat and magnetism. Discover electrochemistry by building a lemon battery. Play around with permanent magnets and electromagnets to learn about magnetism and its applications, such as relays and solenoid brakes.

Operate an electromagnetic coil, capacitor, and transformer in an AC circuit and examine their behaviors at different frequencies. A special AC generator creates a harmless AC current with a variable frequency, from a few hertz (or cycles per second) to about 10 kilohertz. This device safely enables the exploration of electrical phenomena such as resonance and high-pass, low-pass, and band-pass behaviors. Measure frequencies with the electromechanical frequency meter.

The plug-together electric building blocks make circuit assembly quick and easy. A 96- page, full-color manual provides illustrated assembly instructions.


Remote-Control Machines DLX
A souped-up version of the best-selling Remote-Control Machines kit! Build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit. A unique six-button infrared remote allows you to control three different motors simultaneously, moving each of them forward or in reverse, with easy-to-activate touch sensors. The three motors can be combined to make complex vehicles and machines in numerous configurations limited only by your imagination.

Assemble 20 models demonstrating different ways in which the motors can be used including a three-wheeled car, bat-bot, stag beetle, robot, battle car, ball collector car, forklift, tunneling vehicle, truck, drilling machine, crane, robotic arm and more. After you have built the models in the instructions, you can design your own remote control creations!

The kit comes with three motors, remote control unit, battery holder, and 155 building pieces. 128-page, full-color instruction book.


Jumperbot
Build an energetic bouncing robot that uses an electric motor and a springloaded mechanism to jump forward in a continuous motion. Watch the robot crouch down, compress its coil spring, and store up energy. Then see how it instantly extends its legs and releases the stored energy all at once, launching itself upward and forward.

Experiment with the metal coil spring to discover how the robot’s jumping mechanism works. See if the robot can jump over objects in an obstacle course you design for it. Learn about elasticity, potential and kinetic energy, the spring constant, cams, and linkages.

Build six other functional models using the same mechanical components — the spring, cams, and motor — to perform other tasks and demonstrate physical science principles firsthand. Construct a car that moves forward on spiral-shaped wheels. Build a crab that moves sideways, a kicking machine that uses the springloaded mechanism to propel an object away, and a grappler claw that grabs onto things. Assemble a fun amusement park ride that spins around using the electric motor. Learn about the physics of force, mass, and weight by making and experimenting with a spring scale.

The full-color, 24-page instruction manual provides step-by-step illustrated assembly instructions.

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