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Thames & Kosmos Little Labs: Cranes & Pulleys
Thames & Kosmos Little Labs: Cranes & Pulleys
16767

• Build cranes
• Learn how cranes lift and load
• Experiment with different types of cranes and pulleys
• Original best selling series
• Little Labs

Build cranes and learn how they lift heavy loads at construction sites. Experiment with different types of cranes and pulleys. 16-page color guidebook.

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Thames and Kosmos Air+Water PowerThames and Kosmos Air+Water Power
Thames and Kosmos Air+Water Power
17026

• Pneumatic hydraulic engines
• Build your own models powered by air and water pressure
• Construct 15 models
• See whose water jet propelled car and hydro pneumo car goes the farthest
• Kit comes with everything you need

Build your own models powered by air and water pressure to learn about the laws of physics. This unique kit allows you to build two different air-and-water-powered systems: water-jet propelled cars and hydro-pneumo (which simply means air pressure and water pressure) powered engines. The hydro-pneumo system uses a self-contained air-and-water turbine system as a motor.

Construct 15 models including a truck, excavator, radar car, tank, antique car, helicopter, motorbike, backhoe, rocket car, forklift, roadster, propeller plane, grinder, and cutting machine. 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 and hydro-pneumo car goes the farthest! 48-page color instruction book. 165 building pieces.

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Thames and Kosmos Air-Stream Machines KitThames and Kosmos Air-Stream Machines Kit
Thames and Kosmos Air-Stream Machines Kit
17025

• Build hovercraft that glides across smooth floors water on a cushion of air
• Experiment with propellers and impellers  to learn about air pressure and air flow
• Learn about air pressure and air flow
• Full-color, 32-page experiment manual
• 59 building pieces.

Learn how even though air is invisible, it still has mass and can support very heavy objects under the right circumstances. 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. 

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Thames and Kosmos Air-WalkerThames and Kosmos Air-Walker
Thames and Kosmos Air-Walker
17101

A robot that defies gravity?! That’s what you get with Air-Walker, a four-legged bot that uses an ingenious system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces like windows. A follow-up to the award-winning Geckobot STEM experiment kit, Air-Walker uses technology similar to that found in its reptilian predecessor, but with easier assembly.

Your Air-Walker can crawl in a straight line, to the left, or to the right, while a special mechanism makes the robot’s head move back and forth as its body moves forward. You can also build four other models with the same components and learn how suction and mechanical devices can be used in different real-world applications. A vacuum-suction machine sticks to and lifts flat panels, while a robot with just two suction cups rotates around a central pivot point.

This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work. A 32-page, full-color manual guides your model building and experiments with clear step-by-step illustrated instructions.

Ages: 8 - 14+
Experiments: 5
Piece Count: 75
Manual Pages: 24

 

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Thames and Kosmos Amazing Tightrope-Walking GyrobotThames and Kosmos Amazing Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot
Thames and Kosmos Amazing Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot
17102

A robot fit for the circus! With this kit, you can build a robot that walks, step by step, along a tightrope. How? Thanks to the robot’s main component, a gyroscope, it can maintain its balance and perform this fun trick without falling over! Through eight experiments, you can explore the astonishing powers of the motorized gyroscope and understand the physics behind its amazing behaviors. Experiment with getting the robot to walk on different surfaces: a tightrope, on a solid tabletop, on a soft surface, and even on your arm! You can also experiment with the balancing behavior of the motorized gyroscope by itself, testing its ability to balance on its edge, on your finger, on a pole, and dangling from a string.

The kit includes parts to build the robot and experimental setups, including a frame for the tightrope. By constructing the robot and performing the experiments with the motorized gyroscope unit, young engineers can learn about the science of gyroscopic devices and the indispensable role they play in our lives.

A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations.

Ages: 6+
Experiments: 8
Piece Count: 43
Manual Pages: 24

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Thames and Kosmos Architectural EngineeringThames and Kosmos Architectural Engineering
Thames and Kosmos Architectural Engineering
17103

Soaring spires, towering arches, fascinatingly complex curves and angles! Build your foundation in architectural design with this fascinating STEM experiment kit that explores the engineering principles behind planning and developing buildings and structures. Through model building exercises you play the role of architect and engineer as you piece together an array of models, from small, basic structural elements like trusses, arches, and domes, to giant complex models of real-world buildings. Try building the Sydney Opera House, or put the Eiffel Tower on display in your living room! With 20 guided model builds, you can construct stadiums, skyscrapers, a Ferris wheel, and more.

By getting hands-on with these exercises, you’ll develop an understanding of how architectural engineers apply scientific principles to their designs and how the buildings and structures of the 21st-century push materials and engineering to the limits. The 44-page, full-color manual guides your journey while encouraging independent exploration. What is the tallest tower, the most voluminous dome, or the longest bridge you can build with the modular building pieces? How will you use what you learn to further your architectural journey?

Ages: 8 to 14+
Experiments: 26
Piece Count: 308
Manual Pages: 44

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Thames and Kosmos Bubbles Experiment Kit
Thames and Kosmos Bubbles Experiment Kit
17017

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.
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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Thames and Kosmos Candy Chemistry KitThames and Kosmos Candy Chemistry Kit
Thames and Kosmos Candy Chemistry Kit
16950

• Make rock Candy, chocolates, gummy Bears, wintergreen candies, and more
• Learn about specific heat and temperature, crystallization, measurements and more
• Personalize your candy by choosing your ingredients
• Decorate your finished candy with colorful foils, papers cups, and wrappers
• Includes 48-page full-color manual
• Ages 10 and up

Explore chemistry as you cook up candies and chocolates in the kitchen! Perform 25 sweet experiments and learn important physical science principles related to candy and cooking. Discover why sugar crystallizes to make rock candy. Learn about specific heat and the phases of matter by molding chocolates. Use a thermometer and learn about heat and temperature while boiling sugar. Gain experience with measurements and conversions, volumes, and weights. Investigate the chemistry of gummy bears. Learn about the mysterious phenomenon of triboluminescence with wintergreen candies. 48-page, full-color manual. 

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Thames and Kosmos Chem C1000 Chemistry KitThames and Kosmos Chem C1000 Chemistry Kit
Thames and Kosmos Chem C1000 Chemistry Kit
16853

• Set up your lab and learn how to safely handle lab equipment and chemicals
• Professional quality equipment helps you make the most of your experiments
• Learn about indicators with litmus solution and write a message in invisible ink.
• Experiment with air pressure, surface tension, and physical properties of fluids
• Get exposure to a broad range of chemical phenomena
• Provides clear instructions, explanations, and asks and answers questions
• Thorough safety precautions and instructions ensure safe experimentation.
• 80-page, full-color experiment manual
• 125 diverse experiments.
• Ages 10 and up.


Enroll in CHEM C1000 and prepare for a lifetime of fascination with this essential science through 125 diverse experiments. Start with an introduction to the field of chemistry and famous chemists. Set up your lab space and learn how to safely handle the lab equipment and chemicals. Learn about indicators with litmus solution and write a secret message in invisible ink. Test the inks from your colored markers on the chromatography racetrack to reveal their different color components. Experiment with air pressure, surface tension, and the physical properties of fluids. Experiment with two well-known metals, iron and copper. Investigate carbon dioxide. Dissolve metals with electrochemical reactions. Explore water and its elements, saturated and unsaturated solutions, and crystals. Split water into hydrogen and oxygen with electrolysis, and form oxygen from hydrogen peroxide. Experiment with soaps, detergents, and emulsions of water and oil. Investigate chemistry in the kitchen by experimenting with sugar, honey, starch, eggs and proteins, fatty acids, and calcium. Begin to build a strong foundation in chemistry with exposure to a broad range of chemical phenomena and hands-on laboratory experiences. This kit provides clear instructions for preparing and performing the experiments, offers safety advice, offers explanations for the observed occurrences, and asks and answers questions about the results. Thorough safety precautions and instructions ensure safe experimentation. Professional quality equipment helps you make the most of your chemistry experiments. The 80-page, full-color experiment manual guides aspiring young chemists through each of the 125 experiments. Ages 10 and up.

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Thames and Kosmos Chem C2000 Chemistry KitThames and Kosmos Chem C2000 Chemistry Kit
Thames and Kosmos Chem C2000 Chemistry Kit
16854

• Understand the remarkable reactions behind ordinary occurrences.
• Professional quality equipment helps you make the most of your chemistry experiments.
• This kit introduces you to the alcohol burner for experiments that require heat.
• The 128-page, full-color manual
• 250 experiments
• Provides clear instructions for preparing and performing the experiments and explains the results.
• Ages 11 and up.


Discover how fascinating the world is when you understand the remarkable reactions behind ordinary occurrences. CHEM C2000 includes everything in CHEM C1000 and more — with twice the tools and materials, and more than three times the experiments. Most notably, this kit introduces you to the alcohol burner for experiments that require heat, greatly expanding the number of experiments you can conduct. Experiment with filtering and separating mixtures, combustion, and electrochemical reactions. Learn how to work with indicators and stronger acids and bases. Explore elements and compounds, including the chemical and physical properties of water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Discover atoms and molecules. Inspect soaps and household cleaners. Experiment with various foods from the kitchen to learn about sugars, fats, and proteins. Investigate metals such as iron, copper, and aluminum. Learn about how chemistry is used in environmental protection and industry. After completing CHEM C2000, you will have experienced firsthand the most important topics in chemistry, creating an excellent foundation for later study of chemical equations and atomic structure. The 128-page, full-color manual guides aspiring young chemists through 250 experiments. The manual provides clear instructions for preparing and performing the experiments and explains the results. Thorough safety precautions and instructions ensure safe experimentation. Professional quality equipment helps you make the most of your chemistry experiments. Ages 11 and up.

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Thames and Kosmos Chem C3000 Chemistry KitThames and Kosmos Chem C3000 Chemistry Kit
Thames and Kosmos Chem C3000 Chemistry Kit
16855


• The ultimate chemistry kit
• Designed and manufactured in Germany for safe experimentation
• Over 333 experiments in 32 sections
• Start with fun experiments to learn basic chemistry principles
• 192-page, full-color experiment manual
• Hands-on approach to teaching chemistry
• An excellent preparation for highschool level chemistry.
• Ages 12 and up.

CHEM C3000 is the ultimate chemistry set. This kit includes all of the components from CHEM C2000, plus dozens of additional tools and chemicals, and 100 additional experiments, for a total of more than 333 experiments. The 192-page, full-color experiment manual is written at a more advanced level than the other CHEM kit manuals. You could call it a textbook, but the manual is too much fun to make that comparison. CHEM C3000 has a similar hands-on approach to teaching chemistry as our other CHEM kits, but also teaches more advanced topics such as chemical equations, atomic structures, and the periodic table. These concepts are critical to continued study of chemistry. CHEM C3000 is an excellent preparation for highschool level chemistry. Ages 12 and up.

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Thames and Kosmos Chem C500 Chemistry KitThames and Kosmos Chem C500 Chemistry Kit
Thames and Kosmos Chem C500 Chemistry Kit
16949

• An introductory tour of chemistry with 28 classic experiments
• Discover the colorful effects of acids and bases
• Make fizzy and foamy reactions and write messages with invisible ink
• Learn about reactions between solids, liquids, and gases
• 48-page, full-color experiment manual
• Simple instructions for experiment
• Clear explanations of what happened and why
• Ages 10+


Learn about reactions between solids, liquids, and gases. Discover the colorful effects of acids and bases. Perform astonishing "magic" tricks for your friends. Make fizzy and foamy reactions. Write messages with invisible ink. Investigate metals and salts in electrochemical experiments with a 9-volt battery (not included). Learn for yourself how chemistry goes far beyond textbooks and laboratories to explain occurrences that happen around us every day. The 48-page,full-color experiment manual gives simple instructions for setting up and performing each experiment, and then clear explanations of what happened and why. This kit is ideal for children who are interested in chemistry but who are not yet ready for a more advanced chemistry set. It serves as an excellent introduction to our other chemistry sets.

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Thames and Kosmos Crystal Creation Kit
Thames and Kosmos Crystal Creation Kit
17010

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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Thames and Kosmos Crystal Garden Kit
Thames and Kosmos Crystal Garden Kit
17015

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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Thames and Kosmos Crystal GrowingThames and Kosmos Crystal Growing
Thames and Kosmos Crystal Growing
17104

Grow dozens of dazzling crystals and conduct 15 illuminating experiments with this classic science kit. 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, and 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 colored crystals. Display your crystal creations in a clear treasure chest with a locking lid. Mold your own geode — a hollow rock with crystals growing inside — and create a beautiful crystal cavern inside.

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.

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.

This kit is thoroughly tested and safe: Over one million units of this kit have sold worldwide. A full-color, 32-page experiment manual guides your experiments in crystal chemistry and Earth science.

Ages: 10+
Experiments: 15
Piece Count: 25
Manual Pages: 32

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Thames and Kosmos Electricity & MagnetismThames and Kosmos Electricity & Magnetism
Thames and Kosmos Electricity & Magnetism
17105

Conduct more than 60 electrifying experiments with circuits and magnetic contraptions to learn about electricity and magnetism, and how these two fundamental properties are closely related. Children eight and up can safely and easily experiment with electric current and magnetic fields using the colorful snap-together blocks and components in this hands-on kit.

Build series and parallel circuits to light up a light bulb. Experiment with push buttons and on-off switches. Assemble circuits that include a spinning motor, two switches, and up to three light bulbs.

Conduct tests to see which materials are magnetic. Learn about the force of magnetism and magnetic poles. Magnetize a metal. Use iron filings to make invisible magnetic fields visible. Investigate magnetic force and direction with a magnetic pendulum device. Learn how a compass works and about Earth’s magnetic fields. Conduct a series of experiments with a sturdy electromagnet.

Finally, put everything you have learned to good use by constructing a loudspeaker, an electromagnetic relay switch, and a morse code telegraph key.

The components are specially designed to make learning fun and accessible. The electrical blocks fit together with simple plug-and-socket connectors. Because the blocks are brightly colored and have unique shapes, it is easy to follow the assembly diagrams to construct functional devices.

The 64-page, full-color experiment manual guides you through experiments with easy-to-follow diagrams.

Ages: 8+
Experiments: 62
Piece Count: 64
Manual Pages: 64

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Thames and Kosmos Electro Chem Clock
Thames and Kosmos Electro Chem Clock
17014

• 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

Learn the basics of electricity, electrochemical reactions, batteries, and conductors and insulators. Experiment with using other acids, such as cola or even salty water, to power your clock.

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Thames and Kosmos Electronics Advanced CircuitsThames and Kosmos Electronics Advanced Circuits
Thames and Kosmos Electronics Advanced Circuits
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• Install a sound module to generate the sounds of police cars
• Learn the important role resistors and potentiometers
• Use a multimeter to measure invisible voltage and current
• Use a FM radio module to build an alarm clock

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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Thames and Kosmos Electronics Science Kit
Thames and Kosmos Electronics Science Kit
17011

• Learn about conductors, insulators, and the flow of electrons
• Assemble 20 electric circuits
• Learn how to read circuit diagrams and circuit symbols
• Understand abstract scientific terms like voltage, current, and resistance

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. 

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Thames and Kosmos Electronics: Learning CircuitsThames and Kosmos Electronics: Learning Circuits
Thames and Kosmos Electronics: Learning Circuits
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• This kit provides the tools and instructions to learn how electronics work.
• The innovative snap-together blocks make learning electronics fun and accessible.
• The components in the kit include capacitors, resistors, transistors, and more
• 64-page, full-color manual guides you through 70 circuit building experiments

Fun Circuit Building Experiments for Beginners Construct circuits with colorful electric building blocks to learn about electricity and how electronic devices work. With the innovative snap-together blocks in this kit, children eight and up can safely and easily begin experimenting with electronic circuits. These building blocks are specially designed to make learning electronics fun and accessible. Because the blocks are brightly colored and have unique shapes, it is easy to follow the assembly diagrams to construct functional circuits. And because the circuit symbols are printed directly onto the blocks, you can quickly become familiar with the symbols and learn how to read circuit diagrams. The fun building projects include an alternating blinker, a police siren, an ambulance siren, an alarm system, a light detector, a conductivity tester, a rain warning system, a timer, and logic circuits. The electronic components in this kit include capacitors, resistors, transistors, LEDs (light emitting diodes), a phototransistor, a switch, 30 contact blocks, cable blocks, a battery holder, a speaker, and a sound integrated circuit. The 64-page, full-color experiment manual guides you through 70 circuit building experiments with easy-to-follow diagrams. This kit provides kids with the tools and instructions they need to experiment with their own hands and learn firsthand how electronics work.

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Thames and Kosmos Fuel Cell X7 Kit
Thames and Kosmos Fuel Cell X7 Kit
16352

• Build a car that runs on water
• Green energy
• Great science project
• Discover how fuel cells work
• Learn about the potential alternative energies for automobiles

This kit still has our award-winning model car with its unique reversible fuel cell not found in other fuel cell car models. The car still functions in the same manner as described on the opposite page. In this version, we have altered the kit to make it accessible to more users, both in terms of content and price. We have created a new manual focused more on building and designing a fuel cell car, rather than the comprehensive lesson on the science of fuel cells and solar cells found in the first version. We have lowered the minimum age and geared the instructions to a younger audience. The kit has been optimized for simplicity and ease of use over thorough experimentation. With its new focus, some parts have become unnecessary and thusly have been removed to reduce the cost. The kit that is right for you or your child will depend on your needs, interest level, and age group. The full-color, 16-page manual contains easy, step-by-step instructions for assembling and using the car, as well as scientific explanations. This kit allows kids to assemble a working fuel cell car, discover how fuel cells work, use a unique reversible fuel cell, learn about the potential alternative energies for automobiles, design your own fuel cell car. Ages 10 and up.

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Thames and Kosmos GeckobotThames and Kosmos Geckobot
Thames and Kosmos Geckobot
17106

This astonishing wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates. The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko — so two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. At the same time, the gear system drives an air pump that creates a vacuum at the two feet touching the wall while blowing air outward at the other two feet. In this way, two of the feet are always holding the model to the wall, while the other two feet are pushing off and stepping forward. You can build six other models and conduct experiments with suction to learn about air pressure and the mechanical physics of this unique device. Build models of an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, ellipsograph, and suction gun. A 24-page, full-color manual guides you through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions and provides scientific information and explanations.

Ages: 8+
Experiments: 7
Piece Count: 176
Manual Pages: 24

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Thames and Kosmos Happy Atoms Intro SetThames and Kosmos Happy Atoms Intro Set
Thames and Kosmos Happy Atoms Intro Set
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Chemistry is the science of materials, their properties, and how they react with each other. All materials are made of atoms. Why do some atoms combine with each other while other atoms do not? Because atoms just want to be happy!

Of course, atoms don’t really have feelings. But they do have observable behaviors. And atoms tend to be more stable, or “happy,” when they have certain numbers of electrons whizzing around their cores. Where do they find extra electrons if they need more to be happy? From other atoms that have too many electrons, of course! When atoms share or exchange electrons to be happy, they stick together. Happy atoms form molecules!

With this revolutionary approach to teaching chemistry, you can make your own happy atoms! This physical and digital system lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way. Using a set of 17 atom models representing 6 different elements, you can assemble your own molecular models. The atoms connect easily with magnets: metal tips on the ends of rubbery arms, which represent free electrons, snap onto magnetic bonding sites on the atom spheres, which represent empty spots for electrons in the atom’s outermost electron shell.

With the Happy Atoms Introductory Set, you can snap together hundreds of different molecules. Because the atoms already have the correct number of free electrons and empty bonding sites, it is difficult to build a molecule that doesn't actually exist. Happy Atoms function like the building blocks of the universe!

The digital component takes this molecular modeling system to the next level. Using the Happy Atoms app and the camera on your tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android, you can scan molecules you build. The app then uses state-of-the-art image recognition technology to identify the molecules. After a molecule is discovered, the app presents information about it, including its composition, usage, properties, hazards, formula, and structure. The app can recognize hundreds of the molecules that you can build with this set. It presents detailed information about 49 of the molecules you can build.

The app is a fun and interactive chemistry curriculum. It takes you on guided quests to discover new molecules and learn about them. You can track your progress with the app, collecting sets of molecules that you have built and explored.

Many people think of chemistry as complicated and hard to grasp. New technology now enables us to take this innovative approach to teaching chemistry, making it more tangible and instinctive than ever before. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS 8 (or later) or Android 4.4 (or later, with 1 GB RAM, dual-core processor, and camera).

Ages: 10-17+
Experiments: 73
Piece Count: 18
Manual Pages: 16

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Thames and Kosmos Hydropower Kit
Thames and Kosmos Hydropower Kit
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Explore the power of water by building models and conducting experiments with them. Learn about how different devices are used to extract useful energy from moving water from a waterwheel in a small stream to a giant turbine in a tidal power station. Build a waterwheel, a sawmill, and a hammer mill to harness the energy of moving water to do different types of physical work. Investigate the intriguing properties of water by performing experiments involving surface tension, adhesion, and cohesion. Learn about water pressure by building a water tower, communicating vessels, and a water fountain. Construct a hydroelectric power station to generate electricity and light an LED. Learn about where the energy in ocean waves, tides, and rivers comes from, and discover how we can generate electricity from them. The full-color, 32-page experiment manual offers illustrated instructions and scientific information. Ages 8 and up.

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