KITS & MODELS

Long Arm Of The Law Physics

Home robotics, bubeleh. Build a working hydraulic arm with this excellent 66-piece kit from Pathfinders' Simple Machine series. Structure is die-cut plywood and the kit includes tubing, (3) syringes and glue. You'll need a ruler and scissors. The finished arm will be approx 13-1/2" tall and will reach out over 16" and rotate 90° on an 8-5/8' x 6-7/8" base. Comes with a 12-page manual and uses water. Beautiful, too. For ages 8+.

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PATHFINDERS HYDRAULIC ROBOTIC ARM KIT

Long Arm Of The Law Physics

Home robotics, bubeleh. Build a working hydraulic arm with this excellent 66-piece kit from Pathfinders' Simple Machine series. Structure is die-cut plywood and the kit includes tubing, (3) syringes and glue. You'll need a ruler and scissors. The finished arm will be approx 13-1/2" tall and will reach out over 16" and rotate 90° on an 8-5/8' x 6-7/8" base. Comes with a 12-page manual and uses water. Beautiful, too. For ages 8+.

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$16.50 EACH

Launch Like Leonardo

Based on drawings from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, this Pathfinders catapult kit uses a pair of bent wooden arms as springs to launch clay balls (included) over (4) meters at enemy fortifications (not included, go make your own enemies). The assembled model will be approx 9" tall on a 10" x 7-1/4" base. Made from pre-cut, untreated wood from sustainable forests, and built with pegs for added strength and verisimilitude. A 2013 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Winner and a great resource for STEM activities. For ages 12 and up.

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DA VINCI CATAPULT

Launch Like Leonardo

Based on drawings from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, this Pathfinders catapult kit uses a pair of bent wooden arms as springs to launch clay balls (included) over (4) meters at enemy fortifications (not included, go make your own enemies). The assembled model will be approx 9" tall on a 10" x 7-1/4" base. Made from pre-cut, untreated wood from sustainable forests, and built with pegs for added strength and verisimilitude. A 2013 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Winner and a great resource for STEM activities. For ages 12 and up.

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$17.50 EACH
$19.95
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Walkin' Dino Puzzles

This little punch-out Triceratops puzzle can be a puzzle to assemble, with tiny pieces, but when done right will toddle along via the little wind-up gear motor. When done wrong, like we did, it will toddle in reverse, like a moon-walking dinosaur, which is even more fun. Measures approx 5" long when finished.

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WIND-UP TRICERATOPS PUZZLE

Walkin' Dino Puzzles

This little punch-out Triceratops puzzle can be a puzzle to assemble, with tiny pieces, but when done right will toddle along via the little wind-up gear motor. When done wrong, like we did, it will toddle in reverse, like a moon-walking dinosaur, which is even more fun. Measures approx 5" long when finished.

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$1.00 EACH
$1.95
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Ready For Your Close-Up?

Make like a miniature Martin Scorsese and create your own (stop-action) movie. Best part? The actors are all Lego® people, who work for free. You’ll get (36) assorted Lego® pieces, including mix-and-match characters and props. Includes a 78-page guide with advice for making credits, sound effects, lighting, camera techniques, set design, backdrops, storyboards and a bunch more. If Hitchcock had had this kit, Janet Leigh might have survived the shower scene.

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LEGO® MOVIE MAKING KIT

Ready For Your Close-Up?

Make like a miniature Martin Scorsese and create your own (stop-action) movie. Best part? The actors are all Lego® people, who work for free. You’ll get (36) assorted Lego® pieces, including mix-and-match characters and props. Includes a 78-page guide with advice for making credits, sound effects, lighting, camera techniques, set design, backdrops, storyboards and a bunch more. If Hitchcock had had this kit, Janet Leigh might have survived the shower scene.

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$24.95 EACH

Hyperactive Robot Kit

The Tumbling Robot Experiment is relatively easy to assemble and has sensors in his (her?) belly, back and legs so he (it?) can fall and get up again, like some of us humans. At 8" tall, in between tumbles, it's a manic, sliding, chomping, swinging thingy, like a droid cookie monster in a Pilates class. You put a pair of "AA"s in his feet.

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TUMBLING ROBOT

Hyperactive Robot Kit

The Tumbling Robot Experiment is relatively easy to assemble and has sensors in his (her?) belly, back and legs so he (it?) can fall and get up again, like some of us humans. At 8" tall, in between tumbles, it's a manic, sliding, chomping, swinging thingy, like a droid cookie monster in a Pilates class. You put a pair of "AA"s in his feet.

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$9.95 EACH

Float Like A (Graphite) Butterfly

Physics faculty alert: It's very small, but teaches a powerful lesson, this little diamagnetic-properties demo kit. You get (4) plated magnets, each 1/4" square x 3/32", and (2) 1/4" square pieces of graphite to float above them. The graphite may have slight chips along the edge but that won't affect the effect. Includes instructions/fact sheet.

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LEVITATION DEMO

Float Like A (Graphite) Butterfly

Physics faculty alert: It's very small, but teaches a powerful lesson, this little diamagnetic-properties demo kit. You get (4) plated magnets, each 1/4" square x 3/32", and (2) 1/4" square pieces of graphite to float above them. The graphite may have slight chips along the edge but that won't affect the effect. Includes instructions/fact sheet.

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$12.00 EACH

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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MAGIC SET WITH 77 TRICKS

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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$14.95 EACH

Motor Along

Everything you need to build a little DC motor is included in this kit (except sandpaper, screwdriver, scissors and, of course, an AA battery). The instructions are simple and explain the theory as well as assembly. Fun and educational.

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SCIENCE FAIR STYLE DC MOTOR KIT

Motor Along

Everything you need to build a little DC motor is included in this kit (except sandpaper, screwdriver, scissors and, of course, an AA battery). The instructions are simple and explain the theory as well as assembly. Fun and educational.

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$8.50 EACH

Magnificent Metal Mini-Model

We spit on plastic. And so will you when you see these laser-cut bright steel models from Fascinations®. Snap-together pieces. The models are small, but worthy of permanent display, and designed for the grown-ups to assemble and display, rather than the kids to play with. You pick the Metal Marvels™ 3-1/2” long x 2-3/4” wide space shuttle Atlantis. (They aren’t making any more big shuttles, Pilgrim.) Or the 4-1/2” tall x 1-3/4” wide at the base MetalWorks™ Eiffel Tower.

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METAL MARVELS EIFFEL TOWER MODEL

Magnificent Metal Mini-Model

We spit on plastic. And so will you when you see these laser-cut bright steel models from Fascinations®. Snap-together pieces. The models are small, but worthy of permanent display, and designed for the grown-ups to assemble and display, rather than the kids to play with. You pick the Metal Marvels™ 3-1/2” long x 2-3/4” wide space shuttle Atlantis. (They aren’t making any more big shuttles, Pilgrim.) Or the 4-1/2” tall x 1-3/4” wide at the base MetalWorks™ Eiffel Tower.

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Metal Models Are Better Models

From Fascinations®, these small model kits are made from intricately laser-cut polished steel. Punch the pieces out from the 4-1/4" square sheet and put them together with the tiny tabs. You pick the dragonfly, with a 4-1/2" wingspan or the Black Pearl pirate ship, approx 3-1/2" long. For ages 14+, because they take plenty of small motor skills.

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FASCINATIONS® STEEL BLACK PEARL MODEL KIT

Metal Models Are Better Models

From Fascinations®, these small model kits are made from intricately laser-cut polished steel. Punch the pieces out from the 4-1/4" square sheet and put them together with the tiny tabs. You pick the dragonfly, with a 4-1/2" wingspan or the Black Pearl pirate ship, approx 3-1/2" long. For ages 14+, because they take plenty of small motor skills.

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Tiny & Shiny

For the steady-handed model-maker. These mini-models from Metal Earth® are demanding and beautiful. Use a tweezers to punch out the little pieces from the laser-cut shiny steel sheets, and assemble them using the tabs and slots--no glue, no screws. You pick the Hubble Telescope (3” x 2” x 2-1/2”), the U.S.S. Arizona (5-3/4” long) or the 1908 Ford Model T (3-1/2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”). All include instructions, which you’ll need. For ages 14+.

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STEEL U.S.S. ARIZONA MODEL

Tiny & Shiny

For the steady-handed model-maker. These mini-models from Metal Earth® are demanding and beautiful. Use a tweezers to punch out the little pieces from the laser-cut shiny steel sheets, and assemble them using the tabs and slots--no glue, no screws. You pick the Hubble Telescope (3” x 2” x 2-1/2”), the U.S.S. Arizona (5-3/4” long) or the 1908 Ford Model T (3-1/2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”). All include instructions, which you’ll need. For ages 14+.

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Solar System For A Sawbuck

It's small, as actual solar systems go, and you have to assemble it, but still…. You snap together this (not-to-scale) model of our solar system, paint it, and position the pieces. You get (6) colors plus a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint and a brush, the (8) planets (Pluto didn't make the cut, remember), and cardboard rings for Saturn. Sizes range from just under 1/2" for Mercury to the 1-7/16" sun. The finished model is articulated and stands approx 4" tall x 12" across on a 3-7/8" dia gray plastic base.

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SOLAR SYSTEM

Solar System For A Sawbuck

It's small, as actual solar systems go, and you have to assemble it, but still…. You snap together this (not-to-scale) model of our solar system, paint it, and position the pieces. You get (6) colors plus a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint and a brush, the (8) planets (Pluto didn't make the cut, remember), and cardboard rings for Saturn. Sizes range from just under 1/2" for Mercury to the 1-7/16" sun. The finished model is articulated and stands approx 4" tall x 12" across on a 3-7/8" dia gray plastic base.

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$11.95 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
$129.00
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Catch Some Rays

And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit from Elenco comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

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SOLAR SCIENCE EXPERIMENT KIT

Catch Some Rays

And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit from Elenco comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

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$19.95 EACH

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

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

Build Your Own Ornithopter

When ornithopters roamed the earth…oops, no, it just sounds like a dinosaur. The ornithopter was one of Leonardo's masterful designs, although this one just led to a bunch of guys on winged bicycles plummeting to the earth in the 19th century. Still extremely cool, however, in this kit version. Pre-cut, unpainted wooden pieces assemble with pegs to make a crank-operated moving model with a 24" wingspan, complete with a human figure, which our model-guru calls a 15th C. crash-test dummy.

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WOODEN ORNITHOPTER MODEL KIT

Build Your Own Ornithopter

When ornithopters roamed the earth…oops, no, it just sounds like a dinosaur. The ornithopter was one of Leonardo's masterful designs, although this one just led to a bunch of guys on winged bicycles plummeting to the earth in the 19th century. Still extremely cool, however, in this kit version. Pre-cut, unpainted wooden pieces assemble with pegs to make a crank-operated moving model with a 24" wingspan, complete with a human figure, which our model-guru calls a 15th C. crash-test dummy.

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$26.95 EACH

ScienceWiz™ EDUCATIONAL KITS

For whiz kids, from ScienceWiz™. The Inventions kit has (4) projects: using a small motor as a generator; building a telegraph; a DC motor; and an AM radio. You add a D-cell battery and a few household items. Created by Berkeley science-education whiz Penny Norman, Ph.D., and attractively boxed, with a lavishly illustrated 40pp instruction book. For ages 8 to 80

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SCIENCE WIZ INVENTIONS KIT

ScienceWiz™ EDUCATIONAL KITS

For whiz kids, from ScienceWiz™. The Inventions kit has (4) projects: using a small motor as a generator; building a telegraph; a DC motor; and an AM radio. You add a D-cell battery and a few household items. Created by Berkeley science-education whiz Penny Norman, Ph.D., and attractively boxed, with a lavishly illustrated 40pp instruction book. For ages 8 to 80

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$24.95 EACH

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