Make a telescope like the one Galileo designed!
See how convex and concave lenses can be combined to magnify far-away objects.
Curriculum topics: Lights, Optics, Refraction, Astronomy
Kit includes: Idea Sheet, 10 plastic pipe caps, 10 convex lenses, 10 concave lenses, 10 cardboard tubes, an..
A renewable energy device
Explore heating and "cooking" with sunlight using an easy to make mini solar collector. Use a pointer to align the cooker with the sun's position - then remove the pointer to let in the light.
Curriculum topics: Solar Heating, Radiant Energy, Apparent Motion of the Su..
Shake things up with the power of the Sun
Create and decorate a "critter" whose moves are powered by sunlight. To vary the critter's movements, explore making changes to the swinging "proboscis".
Curriculum topics: Solar Energy, Energy, Conversions, Vibration, Electrical Circuits
Wear and remember the electromagnetic spectrum
Students can easily construct this bracelet to help them remember the electromagnetic spectrum (radio, microwave, infared, ROYGBIV, uv, x-rays, gamma rays), with visible and invisible components.
Curriculum topics: Light, Waves, Electromagnetic Sp..
An easily made and powered version of the first electric motor!
This unique adaptation of the first static motor lets students create spinning motion using only hand generated static electric charges. The design can be easily modified for experimentation.
Curriculum topics: static electricity,..
Build student interest with this simple DNA activity!
Use ordinary dish soap, salt, and isopropyl alcohol to extract DNA from strawberries. Just follow the illustrated guide. No special skills or equipment required.
Curriculum topics: Biology, Life Science, Cell Structure, Genetics, Scientific..
Watch plant growth in a CD case
Create a reusable germinator that gives students an unobstructed view of sprouting seeds. Graph data, test environmental variables, or simply “enjoy the magic” as the seeds transform into growing plants!
Curriculum topics: Biodiversity, Botany, Measurement, Plan..
Vibrations in the air create sound!
People of all ages love the razzy, jazzy Kazoo sounds that come from this fun-to-make and easy-to-play musical instrument. Vibration is the key to making sounds and this harmonica uses a rubber band trapped between tongue depressors (Jumbo craft sticks). Changi..
Superabsorbent-polymer in bead form
These tiny beads can soak up and hold over 100 times their weight in water! Each bead maintains its spherical shape and color. Observe how the beads absorb water over time. Create a fun illusion using the optical properties of the beads.
Curriculum topics: M..
A personable wind vane with its beak to the wind
Create a playful, easy to make wind vane which will point to the source of the wind!
Curriculum topics: Wind, Weather, Fluids, Atmosphere
Kit includes: Idea Sheet, 20 paper cones, 10 jumbo straws, 10 wide straws, 10 metal washers, 10 foam was..
Get wound up with wind power!
Use this enhanced pinwheel to measure the mechanical energy that can be obtained from moving air. Make the pinwheel spin by holding the device while walking or by using the "wind" from a fan. Take data - including measuring how much time is required for the device to..