There's optical science and high school physics, and then there's making pretty colors with this little 4-1/2" x about 1" acrylic prism. It makes the same rainbows that the beveled edges on the glass in the French doors to your grandmother's living room used to make on the floor in the afternoon while she was making supper. If you had a grandmother with French doors with beveled glass, who made you supper. If not, you'd better buy this prism or you won't have anything to remember after she's gone.
Forget that the 6-3/4" long body is festooned with Latin phrases and old maps. The stones/beads/glass inside the tube would make designing windows in cathedrals a snap. And hey, that's good work if you can get it. A nice gift for Rosetta window fans, and a must for that special bishop in your life.
You've seen everybody's favorite desk toy. The one that makes you swear you can pick up the coin that's right inside it. Too bad it's really a hologram you're looking at! Now you can own this petite version of the popular "illusion" toy. This one, 6" dia x 2" tall, with a 1-5/8" opening on the top, leaves more money in your wallet and more room on your desktop. And try to touch that little rubber frog that comes with it. It's either enchanting - or enchanted!
Think of it as a shortcut to learning perspective. This clever 50-sheet pad of white, 7" x 4-1/2" paper has a fine red and blue grid pattern that shows your drawing and doodling in 3-D when you wear the included 3-D glasses. It's our candidate for the why-didn't-I-think-of-that award this year.
They'll call you rainbow fingers when you have this pack of (4) LEDs attached to elastic rings with 3" long fiber optic bundles on the front. You get (1) LED/bundle for each finger--red, white,blue and green--and the fiber optics are removable. CJ, our Senior VP for Jazz Instrumentation, says you just might be able to use these as brushes on a snare drum with enough amplification, and the audience would love it. Irreplaceable batteries included. Order (2) sets, because you have (8) fingers.
Rattlebacks are plastic semi-elliptical shapes, 3-7/8" long, that illustrate Newton's laws of motion, while mystifying kids. Set them down (the rattlebacks, not the kids) and their offset center of gravity makes them spin. Spin them in one direction and they stop and reverse themselves. You get a package of (10) in blue, along with a lesson plan and suggested activities.
A pair of shades in assorted colors with the outer portion of each lens half silvered on the eyeball side. Glance left or right and see behind you. Cool undercover item for the younger sleuth or the dirty old man on the beach who doesn't want to be discovered. Whatever your motive, you need a pair now.
This sinister device seems at first glance to be an innocent ping-pong ball. Touch both of the metal strips on the weighted bottom, however, and a circuit closes, making the ball flash red and moan eerie electronic sounds. Can be used to illustrate the idea of an electric circuit to children-show how electricity can flow through a chain of people holding hands, or that a little dampness can improve conductivity, et cetera. Powered with two watch batteries (included) so there is no danger of shock.
You can’t put science on a stick, but you can put it in a can. The Crazy Scientist™ lab kits for young researchers come from The Purple Cow® in 6-1/2” x 9-1/2” x 1-1/2” tins. You pick from: The Water Gel Science Kit for ages 8+ with (14) experiments, lots of supplies and a 15-page manual; the Magnetic Wonder Kit for ages 8+ with a variety of materials and a 20-page manual; the Optical Illusion Kit for ages 6+ with (13) experiments, supplies, nd a 28-page manual; or the Young Survivor Kit, for preppers as young as 6, with (13) projects, equipment, and a 20-page manual.
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