Ignition Series Bundle from Thames & Kosmos
Chem C100 Test Lab: Conduct experiments on household substances to reveal their unique chemical properties. Learn about chemical analysis as you use basic lab techniques to distinguish common chemicals from one another. Test the substances to see if they dissolve in a solution with water, are acidic or basic with a pH test, react to form gases, crystallize out of solution, and carbonize when heated. Compare your data to chemical ID cards to find out what each chemical is. Ages 8 and up.
Solar Cooking Science: Construct a parabolic solar cooker with 14 interlocking foil pieces that reflect and focus the sun’s radiation on a small cooking container. Heat water or melt chocolate to make an environmentally friendly fondue. Learn about solar thermal energy, a powerful and promising source of renewable energy. Ages 8 and up.
Physics Simples Machines: Establish a foundation in physics by building models of all six simple machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Assemble and use a spring scale to measure how the machines change the direction and magnitude of forces, making work easier to do. Ages 8 and up.
Glowing Crystals: Grow phosphorescent crystals that glow in the dark! Experiment with growing crystals of different sizes. Learn about why crystals form, what crystal lattice structure is, and what makes these crystals glow. Ages 8 and up.
Recycled Paper Press: Recycle your scrap paper, old newspapers, and tissue paper into beautiful hand-crafted paper. Start with a slurry of paper pulp, drain it in the sieve tray, then press it flat with a special tool. Experiment with different paper fibers and add pigment tablets to change the color of your paper. Learn why recycling used materials into new ones is a crucial and growing practice around the world. Ages 8 and up.
Brand: Thames & Kosmos
Founded in 2001 by Jane Holdsworth, Thames & Kosmos was established with the mission of improving informal science education with hands-on products for kids. Since then, with Holdsworth's son Ted McGuire at the helm, the Rhode Island-based brand has won countless awards for its innovative science kits. Covering everything from chemistry and physicals to astronomy and biology, Thames & Kosmos makes it easy—and fun—to continue your kids' science education outside of the classroom.