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.
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!
Budding lapidarians will lap up this rock polishing kit which is so complete it even contains some rocks. The polishing tumbler has a (3 lb. /1 qt.) fifteen sided rubber barrel and is driven by a 115 VAC motor. Overall dimensions are 6" x 6" x 7-1/2" high. In addition to the tumbler, the kit includes an assortment of jewelry findings, a #300 4-Step Grit Pack and a detailed manual giving you easy to follow instructions. But don't think of it only as useful for jewelry making. As a hobby, our Uncle George for many years collected and polished a wide variety of rocks which he found interesting and made beautiful in and of themselves. The #300 4-Step Grit Pack is also available separately, for when your grit has run low, and includes 4oz. coarse, 4oz fine, 2oz. prepolish and 2oz polish grits.
Bells, whistles, sirens, rain and metal detectors, amps, timers! Instructions on how to build the circuits for a burglar alarm, light dimmer, tone-mixing amplifier, logic tester and a whole bunch more. The Elenco® Electronic Playground 130 & Learning Center" by Elenco® has 130 projects using a control center with a built-in breadboard with contact springs. The perfect intro to electronics for ages 12 and way up, it includes a 164-page instruction book and all the parts you need except (6) "AA" batteries. No experience necessary. Build these exciting kits also! Electronic siren, LED strobe light, light dimmer, sound amp, winking LEDs, sound machine, pencil lead organ, tone mixing amp, burglar alarm, first-aid siren, voice-activated LED, logic tester, sound alarm circuit, voice level meter, delayed timer, AM Radio station, crystal radio, metal detector, water level alarm and many more!
Build your own radio-controlled rover, no soldering required. It's a Dr.Toy winner from Elenco's Snap-Circuits" series. The 30-piece kit includes a multi-function wireless remote, turning controls, head and sidelights, and sound effects. An easy-to-follow manual includes instructions for over (20) projects.
This is the new, improved, bigger and better CHEM C1000 beginner chemistry set from Thames & Kosmos. Follow Professor Probenius, the world's most distinguished cartoon chemistry professor, through the 80-page manual while he provides safety advice and instructions for carrying out 125 diverse experiments. Build a fire extinguisher, make water flow uphill, identify chemicals, split water into hydrogen and oxygen and much more. Includes the simple lab equipment and supplies you need to experiment with air pressure, surface tension, acids and bases, indicators, electrochemical reactions and chromatography. You add some common household materials. A superior kit for ages 10 and up. Winner of the Gold Award® from Parents' Choice.
…when you crank up this 13-1/4" tall, hand-cranked Wimshurst generator. They were the toast of the 19th Century, and remained the hottest thing around, electrostatically speaking, until Bobby Van de Graaf came along. This one works like a top, zapping sparks to a fare-thee-well with very little cranking. It's mighty pretty too, in acrylic, white and silver, and will dress up a dull physics or electronics lab.
You're in for weeks and months of fun creating Rube Goldberg-like versions of the new VorteX 3.0, a Techno Gears Marble Mania machine. You get over (300+) colorful pieces including baseplates, 3-D connectors, channels, tubes, gears, marble twister and a marble funnel to create intricate tracks to move marbles around, down, over and through the maze. Includes a battery-operated 2-foot tall marble launcher that makes the whole thing automatic so you can sit back and watch your creation run by itself. A STEM kit that challenges problem solving skills and expands knowledge of mechanics and engineering. You add (3) "AA" batteries and a capacity for twisted thinking.
Impressive, this 3-foot Lizard King. The 1:14 scale plastic model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton has 51 bones that snap together, then snap apart easily for later use, which is more than you can say about the original. Measures 36" long, and comes with a display stand. Bones are nicely aged for paleontological verisimilitude. Very nice kit, with legs, as they say! For ages 8 and up.
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