BEST SELLERS

Velociraptor Bones

Admit it, when there is a skeleton of any kind in a room, your eyes go right to it. Plus, they're much more fun to put together than battleships. This molded, 24-piece velociraptor skeleton kit needs no painting or glueing, will be approx 25-1/2" long x 10-1/4" tall when complete and will stand in a nicely menacing pose on an 11-3/4" x 8-1/2" base.

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PLASTIC VELOCIRAPTOR SKELETON KIT

Velociraptor Bones

Admit it, when there is a skeleton of any kind in a room, your eyes go right to it. Plus, they're much more fun to put together than battleships. This molded, 24-piece velociraptor skeleton kit needs no painting or glueing, will be approx 25-1/2" long x 10-1/4" tall when complete and will stand in a nicely menacing pose on an 11-3/4" x 8-1/2" base.

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$24.95 EACH

Build Your Own Thrill Ride

This 79-piece Roller Coaster construction kit features (40) challenges with (4) degrees of difficulty, and has, the manufacturer says, “more than 100,000 unique building possibilities,” which ought to tie up the little buggers for a while. Includes track and post pieces, and challenge cards. For ages 6+.

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ROLLER COASTER CONSTRUCTION KIT

Build Your Own Thrill Ride

This 79-piece Roller Coaster construction kit features (40) challenges with (4) degrees of difficulty, and has, the manufacturer says, “more than 100,000 unique building possibilities,” which ought to tie up the little buggers for a while. Includes track and post pieces, and challenge cards. For ages 6+.

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$29.95 EACH

Falling Down & Blowing Up!

Nothing says fun science like stuff blowing up or falling down. Ask any middle-schooler. Get them started with one of these excellent books: Massively Epic Engineering Disasters, a 241-page hard-cover book devoted to (20) mishaps through the ages, plus (33) experiments based on the principles that caused them; or Potentially Catastrophic Science, 306 pages with (50) experiments ranging from pre-history to the present. Taken together, they cover everything from collapsing cathedrals and sunken boats to sonic booms and batteries.

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KIDS ENGINEERING DISASTERS BOOK WITH EXPERIMENTS

Falling Down & Blowing Up!

Nothing says fun science like stuff blowing up or falling down. Ask any middle-schooler. Get them started with one of these excellent books: Massively Epic Engineering Disasters, a 241-page hard-cover book devoted to (20) mishaps through the ages, plus (33) experiments based on the principles that caused them; or Potentially Catastrophic Science, 306 pages with (50) experiments ranging from pre-history to the present. Taken together, they cover everything from collapsing cathedrals and sunken boats to sonic booms and batteries.

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Beauty Of A Stirling Engine

Use this little stainless beauty to teach teenagers and older students how heat engines work Then keep it on your desk, where you deserve to have it! This low-temperature-differential Stirling engine is beautifully machined. It works with hot water, ice water, a combination of hot water with ice cubes, or a hair dryer. It measures 5-3/4" tall with a 3-5/8" dia flywheel and a 3-1/2" dia x 7/8" tall base. The speed with hot water is approx 150 rpm. This is a real showpiece, the best we've ever seen at this price. Includes a 7-page instruction booklet.

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LOW TEMPERATURE STIRLING ENGINE

Beauty Of A Stirling Engine

Use this little stainless beauty to teach teenagers and older students how heat engines work Then keep it on your desk, where you deserve to have it! This low-temperature-differential Stirling engine is beautifully machined. It works with hot water, ice water, a combination of hot water with ice cubes, or a hair dryer. It measures 5-3/4" tall with a 3-5/8" dia flywheel and a 3-1/2" dia x 7/8" tall base. The speed with hot water is approx 150 rpm. This is a real showpiece, the best we've ever seen at this price. Includes a 7-page instruction booklet.

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$89.95 EACH

Sound, Lights, Action!

Nothing starts an electronics education like Elenco® Snap Circuits kits. You pick: the Strobe Light & Sound kit comes with a slide switch, white LED, speaker, slide pot, triple "AA" battery holder, strobe IC, 100K resistor, base and a bunch of connectors and jumpers along with instructions for (14) projects. The Basic Electricity kit comes with (3) 4.5V bulbs and sockets, an ammeter, switches, battery holder, sundry connectors and jumpers plus instructions for (9) electricity projects. You add (3) "AA" batteries to each.

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ELENCO® BASIC ELECTRICITY KIT

Sound, Lights, Action!

Nothing starts an electronics education like Elenco® Snap Circuits kits. You pick: the Strobe Light & Sound kit comes with a slide switch, white LED, speaker, slide pot, triple "AA" battery holder, strobe IC, 100K resistor, base and a bunch of connectors and jumpers along with instructions for (14) projects. The Basic Electricity kit comes with (3) 4.5V bulbs and sockets, an ammeter, switches, battery holder, sundry connectors and jumpers plus instructions for (9) electricity projects. You add (3) "AA" batteries to each.

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$16.95 EACH

Closed-Cycle Power

This excellent and beautiful Stirling engine would make Robbie Stirling himself proud. Has a 1/2" piston stroke and sits on a 7" x 3-1/2" wooden base. Comes with a small alcohol lamp to fire it, and is connected via a belt to a DC generator that fires some blue LEDs. Includes a spare hot gas container, power cylinder and piston-sealing ring, needle roller and silicon tube, which you shouldn't need for some time. You also get a trio of Allen wrenches for your tweaking needs. This is the ultimate desk toy, or demo unit for the more serious-minded. Check out our short video on Youtube!

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STIRLING ENGINE/GENERATOR

Closed-Cycle Power

This excellent and beautiful Stirling engine would make Robbie Stirling himself proud. Has a 1/2" piston stroke and sits on a 7" x 3-1/2" wooden base. Comes with a small alcohol lamp to fire it, and is connected via a belt to a DC generator that fires some blue LEDs. Includes a spare hot gas container, power cylinder and piston-sealing ring, needle roller and silicon tube, which you shouldn't need for some time. You also get a trio of Allen wrenches for your tweaking needs. This is the ultimate desk toy, or demo unit for the more serious-minded. Check out our short video on Youtube!

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$89.95 EACH

Eight Bots, No Waiting

From Engino®, this 180-piece robotics teaching kit includes instructions for building (8) robots (4 included; 4 online) using their ERP (Engino® Robotics Platform) software for control, with pre-recorded and manual programming. Includes (2) 23-page manuals to get you started, plus (2) motors, (2) infrared sensors, a controller, interface cables and a slew of snap-together parts and pieces. Works with Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 and 10, but not Mac. You add a trio of “AAA”s. Designed for teaching ages 8-16+.

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ENGINO® ROBOTICS TEACHING KIT

Eight Bots, No Waiting

From Engino®, this 180-piece robotics teaching kit includes instructions for building (8) robots (4 included; 4 online) using their ERP (Engino® Robotics Platform) software for control, with pre-recorded and manual programming. Includes (2) 23-page manuals to get you started, plus (2) motors, (2) infrared sensors, a controller, interface cables and a slew of snap-together parts and pieces. Works with Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 and 10, but not Mac. You add a trio of “AAA”s. Designed for teaching ages 8-16+.

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$124.50 EACH
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Let There Be Light

See what you're saying? This basic sound-to-light kit from Velleman® has (4) red, high-intensity LEDs that react simultaneously to every sound in a square rather than the traditional bar graph. Use it for plain old fun--like "watching music"--or something more practical, like aiding the hearing impaired by making the lights indicate when the telephone or doorbell is ringing. Adjustable sensitivity for sound versus light, and comes with a built-in microphone. You add a 9V battery and a case if you want one. Requires minimal soldering skills.

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VELLEMAN® SOUND TO LIGHT KIT

Let There Be Light

See what you're saying? This basic sound-to-light kit from Velleman® has (4) red, high-intensity LEDs that react simultaneously to every sound in a square rather than the traditional bar graph. Use it for plain old fun--like "watching music"--or something more practical, like aiding the hearing impaired by making the lights indicate when the telephone or doorbell is ringing. Adjustable sensitivity for sound versus light, and comes with a built-in microphone. You add a 9V battery and a case if you want one. Requires minimal soldering skills.

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$7.75 EACH

The Pet Of Tomorrow

Our robotic kingii dragon (Chlamydosaurus kingii, or frilled-neck lizard) is better than a puppy because you don't have clean up after it and it won't chew the furniture. This kit has (2) motors and digital control via IR sensors to activate LED eyes, motorized mouth and pop-out frill, plus "escape" and "approach me" modes, which retreat and make nice, respectively. You'll need (4) "AAA" batteries and some patience, as this kit is delightfully challenging. Finished dragon will be 13-1/2" long x 8-1/4" x 5". For ages 10+. Check out our short video on Youtube!

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DRAGON ROBOT KIT

The Pet Of Tomorrow

Our robotic kingii dragon (Chlamydosaurus kingii, or frilled-neck lizard) is better than a puppy because you don't have clean up after it and it won't chew the furniture. This kit has (2) motors and digital control via IR sensors to activate LED eyes, motorized mouth and pop-out frill, plus "escape" and "approach me" modes, which retreat and make nice, respectively. You'll need (4) "AAA" batteries and some patience, as this kit is delightfully challenging. Finished dragon will be 13-1/2" long x 8-1/4" x 5". For ages 10+. Check out our short video on Youtube!

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$36.95 EACH
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Yer Own Private Battle Of Britain

Fly your very own replicas of the Battle of Britain planes with these Guillow’s laser-cut balsa and tissue models of the Messerschmitt BF-109 and Supermarine Spitfire MK-1. These are rubber-band propelled flying models made to accurate scale, each including a plastic nose cowl,  wheels, canopy and prop. Both have a 16-1/2" wingspan. You get a 24-page booklet with each, plus authentic decals.

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FLYING SPITFIRE AIRPLANE MODEL

Yer Own Private Battle Of Britain

Fly your very own replicas of the Battle of Britain planes with these Guillow’s laser-cut balsa and tissue models of the Messerschmitt BF-109 and Supermarine Spitfire MK-1. These are rubber-band propelled flying models made to accurate scale, each including a plastic nose cowl,  wheels, canopy and prop. Both have a 16-1/2" wingspan. You get a 24-page booklet with each, plus authentic decals.

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Theremini

Electronics fans, musicians and budding Sci-Fi sound engineers will love this little starter electronics kit for making a mini version of a theremin, the venerable capacitance-based instrument that’s synonymous with eerie sounds. This one skips the volume antenna, but has a quantization mode as well as a continuous swoop via the pitch antenna. You add a 9V battery and some minimal soldering skills. Includes all parts, including IC sockets. Measures 2” square, and includes excellent instructions. You might want to get a little project box for it. Made in the USA for Madlab/Vellman.

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MINI THEREMIN KIT

Theremini

Electronics fans, musicians and budding Sci-Fi sound engineers will love this little starter electronics kit for making a mini version of a theremin, the venerable capacitance-based instrument that’s synonymous with eerie sounds. This one skips the volume antenna, but has a quantization mode as well as a continuous swoop via the pitch antenna. You add a 9V battery and some minimal soldering skills. Includes all parts, including IC sockets. Measures 2” square, and includes excellent instructions. You might want to get a little project box for it. Made in the USA for Madlab/Vellman.

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$23.50 EACH

We're Just Testing The Waters...

before we dip our tongues into it. You might want to, too. Try Watersafe® Well-Water Test Kit, a robust 10 parameter, single-use kit made for testing city water or well-water. Contains tests that will detect lead, coliform bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, iron, nitrites, pH, chlorine, copper and hardness. Includes an instruction manual and EPA drinking water standards. Easy to use, with your water quality results on the spot.

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LEAD/BACTERIA & MORE WATER TEST KIT

We're Just Testing The Waters...

before we dip our tongues into it. You might want to, too. Try Watersafe® Well-Water Test Kit, a robust 10 parameter, single-use kit made for testing city water or well-water. Contains tests that will detect lead, coliform bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, iron, nitrites, pH, chlorine, copper and hardness. Includes an instruction manual and EPA drinking water standards. Easy to use, with your water quality results on the spot.

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$25.95 EACH

Can O’ Critters

Everything’s better in a can (or on a stick) and this creativity kit proves it. You’ll get over (50) pieces of, well, assorted stuff to create whole new creatures. Includes hunks of clay, chenilles, feathers, pompons, googly eyes, cardboard body parts, foam tape, Styrofoam, glue and a little wind-up walking mechanism so your creations can be mobile.

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50 PIECE CREATIVITY KIT

Can O’ Critters

Everything’s better in a can (or on a stick) and this creativity kit proves it. You’ll get over (50) pieces of, well, assorted stuff to create whole new creatures. Includes hunks of clay, chenilles, feathers, pompons, googly eyes, cardboard body parts, foam tape, Styrofoam, glue and a little wind-up walking mechanism so your creations can be mobile.

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$9.95 EACH

Get Set For Some Chemistry

If they're 10 or older, and mad for science, get them this Chemistry Lab Kit from Edu-Science, with chemicals, equipment and a manual for over (80) experiments. Includes copper sulfate, sodium carbonate, calcium carbonate and hydroxide, copper foil, tartaric acid and methyl orange, litmus blue powder, litmus paper, filter paper, test tubes plus holder and rack, rubber tubing, corks, beaker, funnel, small alcohol lamp, stirring rod, scoop, brush, and goggles.

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CHEMISTRY LAB SET

Get Set For Some Chemistry

If they're 10 or older, and mad for science, get them this Chemistry Lab Kit from Edu-Science, with chemicals, equipment and a manual for over (80) experiments. Includes copper sulfate, sodium carbonate, calcium carbonate and hydroxide, copper foil, tartaric acid and methyl orange, litmus blue powder, litmus paper, filter paper, test tubes plus holder and rack, rubber tubing, corks, beaker, funnel, small alcohol lamp, stirring rod, scoop, brush, and goggles.

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$32.95 EACH

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise your parents with a little science at home. “Science Surprises” is a 192-page paperback in its third edition with over 100 experiments that can be done using common household goodies. OK, a couple of things might require a trip to the hardware store, but still.  The science ranges from the Bernoulli principle and Stroop effect to making your own perfume and cold cream. (And remember what Shaw said: “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more,” so that makes a thousand experiments.)

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SCIENCE SURPRISES BOOK WITH EXPERIMENTS

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise your parents with a little science at home. “Science Surprises” is a 192-page paperback in its third edition with over 100 experiments that can be done using common household goodies. OK, a couple of things might require a trip to the hardware store, but still.  The science ranges from the Bernoulli principle and Stroop effect to making your own perfume and cold cream. (And remember what Shaw said: “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more,” so that makes a thousand experiments.)

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$14.95 EACH

Electric Clay!

For pre-soldering-age kids with electronic interests (and maybe an artistic bent), this swell kit has hunks of conductive clay in orange, black, green and blue plus some ordinary white clay for insulation. Includes (20) assorted blue, yellow, green and white LEDs, a battery holder and a 52-page book for making (15) projects, although they’ll just be a start. You add a quartet of “AA” batteries and an inventive kid.

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CIRCUIT CLAY KIT

Electric Clay!

For pre-soldering-age kids with electronic interests (and maybe an artistic bent), this swell kit has hunks of conductive clay in orange, black, green and blue plus some ordinary white clay for insulation. Includes (20) assorted blue, yellow, green and white LEDs, a battery holder and a 52-page book for making (15) projects, although they’ll just be a start. You add a quartet of “AA” batteries and an inventive kid.

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$21.95 EACH

Let There Be Light

Snap Circuits® (by Elenco®) does it again, this time with light, although the (182) projects also feature the interplay of light with sound. Projects include color organs, strobes, IR detection, LEDs, color spectrums, motor control, photo resistor and transistors. You can even plug your audio player into some projects. CJ, our Senior Light & Sound Boffin, called it "an enchanting rainbow of scientific theory wed to practice, with fun in the bargain," but he talks like that sometimes. For ages 8 and way up, it has over (55) parts and yes, they will play well with other Snap Circuit® components.

Check out our incredible full line of snap circuits here

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SNAP CIRCUITS® LIGHT PROJECTS KIT

Let There Be Light

Snap Circuits® (by Elenco®) does it again, this time with light, although the (182) projects also feature the interplay of light with sound. Projects include color organs, strobes, IR detection, LEDs, color spectrums, motor control, photo resistor and transistors. You can even plug your audio player into some projects. CJ, our Senior Light & Sound Boffin, called it "an enchanting rainbow of scientific theory wed to practice, with fun in the bargain," but he talks like that sometimes. For ages 8 and way up, it has over (55) parts and yes, they will play well with other Snap Circuit® components.

Check out our incredible full line of snap circuits here

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$53.95 EACH
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Got Bots?

All the hip kids have them because who wants to have to make their own fun when they could make a robot to have fun for them. You pick: the Doodling Robot saves you from having to draw stuff on your notebook during meetings. Includes red, blue and yellow markers to mount on (3) adjustable arms on a 3-3/4” base with a DC motor powered by a “AA” battery you provide. Spins and shakes to doodle better than you ever did, and includes arm extensions to vary the patterns. Or: the Table Top Robot crab that’s smart enough not to fall off the table. Measures approx 2” tall x 3-3/8” counting its claws x 6-5/8” counting its (8) legs. You add a “AA” battery. Both are easy to assemble.

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TABLE-TOP CRAB

Got Bots?

All the hip kids have them because who wants to have to make their own fun when they could make a robot to have fun for them. You pick: the Doodling Robot saves you from having to draw stuff on your notebook during meetings. Includes red, blue and yellow markers to mount on (3) adjustable arms on a 3-3/4” base with a DC motor powered by a “AA” battery you provide. Spins and shakes to doodle better than you ever did, and includes arm extensions to vary the patterns. Or: the Table Top Robot crab that’s smart enough not to fall off the table. Measures approx 2” tall x 3-3/8” counting its claws x 6-5/8” counting its (8) legs. You add a “AA” battery. Both are easy to assemble.

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