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  • Item #: 061902
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.50

    It's always fun to play with glow-in-the-dark things, and now you can concoct your own. This kit includes a plastic beaker, measuring scoop, mixing cup, bouncy ball mold, test tubes/stand and funnel as well as a sheet of star stickers, glow sticks, fake snow polymer, jelly balls polymer, fluorescent ink, glow powder, bouncy ball polymer, 3 creature molds, black-light activator, and 23-page activity guide. The activity guide provides you with 20 projects to practice your glowing skills – Glo-Water, Invisible Glow-Ink, Glotion, Glow Stick Luminescer, Ooey-Glowy Oobleck, Glowing Slime, Glowing Putty Ball, and much more. Experiment with black light and glowing qualities as you "Glow For It" with this kit!

  • Item #: 029587
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $33.95

    Travel with Ms. Frizzle and her class through the land of microscopy with this lab kit. This kit includes the things that young researchers need to explore the world of tiny things – microscope, blank slides, cover slips, tweezers, collecting vial, 20 colorful experiment and instruction cards, prepared slides of fungi and algae, and a data notebook for recording your own scientific observations all packaged in a cool Magic School Bus-shaped box. The microscope operates on 2 AA batteries (not included) and is made of plastic with 100, 300 and 600x magnification. Although that sounds powerful, this is still a toy and doesn't give the quality and clarity of higher priced microscopes. I spent some time looking at the prepared slides and had some difficulty with the viewing on 600x but got a pretty good view with the 100 and 300x settings. Overall this is a good starter set for beginning to explore with Ms. Frizzle. - Donna

  • Item #: 008777
    Retail: $325.00
    Rainbow Price: $309.95

    This set includes all of the items from the Biology Lab, #008776 (prepared slides used in the course, blank slide plates and cover slips, 4 dropper pipettes, methylene blue, iodine, Micro-Art drawing paper, and lens paper), and a high school quality microscope. The microscope is made by National Optical and meets requirements for high school courses. It is of cast alloy construction and includes the following features: 10X wide-field eyepiece for a wider field of view; 45 inclined head; 360 head rotation; triple nosepiece; full-size DIN objective with achromatic, parfocal and parcentric lenses; 40X, 100X and 400X magnification; NA 0.65 condenser which is sufficient up to 400X magnification; 5 hole disc diaphragm; 110V, 20W tungsten lamp; 115m stage; spring loaded stage clips; rack and pinion control; coarse and fine focus knobs; adjustable stage stop; and a lifetime limited warranty. An excellent quality microscope that will take your child up to college.



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 013247
    Retail: $142.00
    Rainbow Price: $107.95

    From the same company that provided us with an affordable quality microscope (#042050) for young scientists, we are excited to offer this upgrade option. Combines all of the great features of the My First Lab Duo Scope, which are:

    • rotatable nosepiece with 4X, 10X, and 40X objectives
    • 10X widefield eyepiece on an inclined head
    • 6 hole disc diaphragm
    • real optical glass lenses
    • 3.5" x 3.5" stage with spring clips
    • coarse focus knob
    • dual LED lights
    • powder-coated metal construction and sturdy plastic base
    • cordless battery power ( 3 AA batteries, not included)
    • Accessory Set: 5 blank slides, 4 prepared slides, 1 concave slide, slide labels, 10 cover glasses, pipette, forceps, lens paper, small plastic test tube, small plastic Petri dish, straight teasing needle, and red and blue dye.

    With expanded lab accessories to add more depth to your studies, this set also includes: a cloth dust cover, real bug specimens (2) encased in acrylic for safe viewing, a 20x Handheld Magnifier with LED and Black Light and my personal favorite "extra" –the Analyze This! Book. Although designed to accompany the Biology Slide Set from My First Lab, you will find this an excellent resource to any prepared Biology Slide Set (including many of the Apologia biology slides). What I love about this book is the full color photos of authentic, labeled microscope slides. No longer will you or your children have to worry about the accuracy of what your eyes see. Using the slides of your choice, view then draw and identify the specimens in your lab notebook and compare them to the images in this book. No more second-guesses! Also includes a 16 pg. user manual designed to teach compound and stereo microscope use, ideas for observation (with sample images) and user guide for the Handheld Magnifier (Mini-Inspector), including black light experiments. Finally, a microscope designed to grow with your children from middle school through the high school labs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 005378
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.25

    The Microslide Viewer is an alternative to a microscope. It looks a lot like a microscope, but instead of viewing your own slides or prepared slides, it uses low-power magnification to allow you to view Microslides. A Microslide consists of eight 35mm images photographed from a microscope. Because they are actual photographs, they are much clearer than a normal slide's image. The microslides are stored in clear plastic holders for protection, and arrows call attention to the important features of the image. The strip fits right in the viewer so that you can pull it through to view all eight pictures. As you can see from the list below, plenty of Microslides are available. You can use it inside or outside, as it doesn't require batteries or electricity. Normal classroom light reflects off the white reflector to enable you to see the images clearly. This is a much cheaper alternative to a microscope and slides, without sacrificing image quality. Microslides come in a folder-like card which features information about each slide and includes a holder for the slide itself. A helpful amount of information is normally included for each slide image, including the name of the image, the magnification of the image, background information and points of interest. It's especially helpful when points of interest are labeled with letters, which are repeated on the slide, to make it easy to locate them. It's like getting a guided tour!  Although designed for the Microslide viewer, these slides can also be viewed on a standard microscope, with some adjustment. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 047032
    ISBN: 9780982856826
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $65.00

    (Publishers Description)

    Complete Junior High/Middle School Life Science Curriculum

    280+ page hardcover textbook including study questions at the end of each chapter

    High quality, full color pictures and graphics

    Answer Key including study question answers, test answers, and chapter summaries with key teaching points

    Complete Syllabus/Daily Schedule

    Test Booklet

  • Item #: 068024
    Retail: $49.95
    Rainbow Price: $44.90

     

      Skyscrapers stand tall without falling over. Bridges span great distances without collapsing. Introduce your inquisitive children to the forces of physics and structural elements that create magnificent structures. Beginning with small models, children will learn about basic structural elements including columns, beams, trusses, plates, arches, shells and catenary. Explore forces such as tension, compression, shear and torsion before moving into more complex models of trusses, roofs and small buildings. They will also experiment with different types of bridge constructions: truss, arch, suspension and cable-stayed bridges. Material strength and stiffness are investigated as they learn how structural engineers maximize safety and minimize cost at the risk of structural failure. Full color lab manual includes step by step illustrated directions to complete 20 experiments in 3 levels (easy, medium and hard), vocabulary definitions, “Did You Know” and “What’s Happening?” explanations, and more. Kit includes 323 pieces. Bring STEM alive to your children with this quality Thames & Kosmos experiment kit! ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 066495
    Retail: $229.95
    Rainbow Price: $224.95

     

    Microscopes reveal a whole world of science not seen by the naked eye. The National Geographic LCD Microscope offers easier viewing with a 2 ¼”x 2 7/8” screen rather than an eyepiece – better for group viewing, younger children, and those with vision problems. Included with the microscope is a dust cover, 5 prepared slides and 10 blank slides (glass) with covers, Mikrotom tissue chopper, USB cable, power supply plug, scissors, pipette, tweezers, teasing needles, shrimp breeding container, sea salt, brine shrimp eggs, yeast, and gum media. All of this comes neatly organized in a nylon carrying case with handle and shoulder strap. The included instruction manual explains every part of the microscope and how to use it, along with instructions for 3 activities – including growing brine shrimp. The mechanical stage allows for easy focusing and the specimens can be viewed from 40X to 1600X with clarity. SD card required for photos, but not included.

      When my daughter was in 4th grade, we bought her a Tasco Big Screen Microscope. She used that microscope for her first science fair and raised brine shrimp – this product brought back memories, but with big improvements. The instruction guide lists all parts of the microscope and items included in a numbered diagram and list – be sure to read through this to get familiar with the terms. Numbered steps with explanations help you get started and include number references for the diagram. This microscope has three light (LED) settings: bottom lighting to view slides and other transparent objects, top lighting to view opaque or solid objects that only works with the 4X objective, and top and bottom lighting at the same time for semi-transparent objects. Set-up is easy. Magnification is greater and clearer. There are 3 objectives (4X, 10X, 40X) and the LCD magnification factor is 12.5X. In combination, you will get magnifications of 40X, 125X, and 500X. A 6-position color filter disc rotates below the stage that can be used to help control the bright light to clarify the image and the up and down buttons below the screen can adjust the brightness of the image. An additional light collector lens is included that allows even more light for viewing, and a dimmer switch also lets you control the brightness. Increase the magnification even more by using the right and left controls below the screen, allowing you to increase the magnification up to 2000X!!   

      You can snap photos or record videos of your images and save them on an SD card (not included). Switch from the view of your live image to those saved on your SD card by using the ‘escape’ button. Attach the USB cable to transfer the data to your computer for editing and printing.

      Overall, I had a lot of fun playing with this microscope. I am totally amazed at the quality of the view and the ease of operation. The key is to read (completely) the user/instruction guide without skipping things. I read through several times before I realized all the capabilities of this scope. The National Geographic LCD Microscope could be used at the elementary level and up through high school. The magnification and clarity are the quality you would need for high school labs. My how technology has improved! ~ Donna         

  • Item #: 061896
    ISBN: 9781449396596
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $25.95

    Subtitled, “All Lab, No Lecture” and this book delivers! Truly a DIY Science book, you will find this a valuable resource with a completely illustrated guide to setting up a home biology lab without expensive lab equipment (high school quality microscope required), as well as an easy to use lab manual for a rigorous first-year high school biology course. Beginning with an overview of how to use the book, set up a home biology lab (including how to choose a microscope) and lab safety, the book dives into 30 lab sessions that incorporate nearly 80 separate procedures! Following each procedure are review questions that require students to analyze the activities using the scientific process.

    Topically, students will learn how to master the microscope and build and observe a microcosm. They will also explore the chemistry of life: acids, bases, and buffers, carbohydrates and lipids, proteins, enzymes and vitamins; life processes (plants); ecology; genetics; cells and unicellular organisms, including protista, fungi, plants and animals (worms). Each lab procedure begins with a list of equipment and materials used. While many of these are easy to find, there are some specialized items you will need available to begin: goggles, forceps, gloves, book light or lamp, various prepared slides (call for list); cover slips; glycerol; pipettes; scalpel, well and flat slides; methylene blue; butane lighter (flame source); microtome (instructions included to make your own); eosin Y; Gram’s Iodine; Hucker’s crystal violet; 70% ethanol; methylcellulose; pH paper; particulate mask; centrifuge tubes (15 and 50 ml); fertilizer concentrate; hydrochloric acid; lead (II) acetate; acetic acid; Beakers (10, 100 and 250 ml); graduated cylinder; 24 and 96 well reaction plate; sodium hydroxide solution; Barfoed’s reagent; Benedict’s reagent; dextrose; Seliwanoff’s reagent; test tubes/test tube rack and test tube clamp; Sudan III stain; Ascorbic Acid tablet; sodium hydroxide; thermometer; sodium dodecyl sulfate; alligator clip leads; agar; Safranin O stain; chromatography paper; bromothymol blue; Ammonium Nitrate; Nitrogen Free Fertilizer (concentrate A-B-C) inoculating loop; rhizobia inoculum; vermiculite; balance; Sodium Borate solution; PTC test strips; Amoxicillin antibiotic cap; Antibiotic powders (chlortetracycline, neomycin and sulfadimethoxine); and teasing needles. But don’t let the specialized equipment scare you from this great resource! The authors’ website The Home Scientist offers a standard kit containing these items (with the exception of commonly found items, the balance and the prepared slides). This website also includes links to recommended secular, online Biology textbooks, as well as a syllabus aligned to the 2nd ed. Apologia Biology text and the BJU 4th ed. Biology textbook, which makes this a worthwhile option for obtaining high school Biology with Lab credit on your child’s high school transcript. This would also make an excellent resource to use alongside the Holt Biology course, or to add a lab science credit to a Charlotte Mason/Living Book Science experience. Detailed index adds to the ease of use for creating your own Biology lab at home. 358 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 058577
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    Let the dissections begin! Whether you are an adventurous homeschooler and want to create your own labs, need an additional dissection pan for other children or are looking to replace one that has been lost, this inexpensive dissection pan will meet all of your needs and more! Constructed of quality polyethylene, the interior of the pan measures approximately 10” x 6 ¼” (outer dimensions approx. 10 ½” x 6 ½”) making it perfect for frog, fish, earthworm or owl pellet dissections. Adding to the value of the dissection pan is the included flex pad and cover. The smooth surface, flex pad, is removable and washable, making this reusable and practical for years of home (or school) lab science. The clear plastic cover snaps firmly into place to prevent moisture loss, allowing you to store specimens between lab time. Cover height is approx. 3”. Worth mentioning, the Econopan is designed to be used with the included Disecto Flex-Pad only and not wax, as is commonly used in aluminum dissection pans. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057163
    ISBN: 9780071794695
    Retail: $22.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.25

    Thames & Kosmos has long been known for putting together quality science kits. They have now teamed up with Nick Dossis to write an introduction to basic electronics. This book helps the reader put together their own workshop with essential basics and offers instructions for building your own circuits.

    The items needed to complete the circuit projects in this book are common and accessible. This isn't a "pick up and go" type of project book; you will want to spend time gathering the materials needed – a great father-son project or for the electronics enthusiast who want more than a boxed kit. This might even be a good lab option at the high school level. This book covers the basics and teaches the different types of circuits and items used to complete circuits – switches, resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, and more. Every chapter is a project which offers background information, experiment guidelines, safety warnings, circuit diagrams and how it works, hints for successfully completing the project, and a detailed list of things you will need for the project. Complete projects such as building a working telephone, water sensor, pressure-sensitive mat, and sound effects generator – there are 17 projects in all! The best part is that there is no soldering – projects are completed on a breadboard. Electronics supplies can usually be purchased at places like Radio Shack or even online. If you are unsure about where to purchase, there is a list of suggestions at the back of the book. This book does more than play at electronics, it could possibly be preparing your student for a future career path. 170 pages, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 043174
    Retail: $134.95
    Rainbow Price: $121.40

    Microscope activity books are great if you already have everything you need to start making your own slides, but what if you don't? That's why I like this kit. The experiment manual is solid enough to stand on its own - a rarity in most science kits today - and the kit includes everything you need to begin using the microscope, exploring prepared slides, and preparing and making your own slides. The full-color 48-page manual begins by explaining microscope use and care, as well as how to safely make thin slices from specimens using a scalpel or razor blade. Then young scientists are ready to start observing! The following sections focus on viewing cells of different types, including cheek cells, onion skin, onion cells affected by salt, egeria/elodea, various fruits and vegetables, starch from foodstuffs, hydra, pollen grains, salt and sugar crystals, insect wings, insect specimens, mushrooms, root hairs, watermelon water ducts, blades of grass, leaves, hair, nettle hairs, and feathers. Each section provides informational text about the subject viewed, detailed instructions on how to make and mount the specimen, tips on specimen-making techniques, and photos of photographed specimens under the microscope. Since the student will probably not be very proficient at preparing their own slides, several prepared slides are included as examples, and the more difficult-to-make specimens are saved for later in the book. The photos of example specimens are also helpful for beginners. Unlike many microscope kits, this one actually has a fairly decent microscope. It is constructed of metal and plastic microscope and has pretty good focusing ability. Features include: a monocular 10X eyepiece, 4X, 10X and 40X glass objective lenses (for 40X, 100X and 400X total magnification). The microscope includes two bright LED lights, one above and one below the stage. This kit would be a great choice for a microscope study, along with a science curriculum, or just for the interested student, especially if you are not planning on investing in a good-quality microscope in the future. Kit includes the experiment manual, microscope, blank slides, prepared slides, coverslips, tweezers, a dissection needle, a scalpel, a pipette, Petri dish with lid, stain, lens paper, blank labels for slides, and a dust cover for the microscope. Microscope requires 3 AA batteries (not included). - Jess



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 041403
    Retail: $25.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.09
    Science becomes magical with this kit! With authentic, newly minted British coins, a unique "magic penny magnetic" and the activity book containing 44 investigations, your children will be spellbound as they learn "magic" tricks to entertain their friends and siblings. The key to the magic lies in the included unique magnets. Measuring 2"x.75"x.75", each ceramic magnet is encased in non-magnetic stainless steel giving them a super strong magnetic pull. The quality materials and detailed explanations and instructions make this a magnificent kit for your budding scientist or magician. ~ Deanne
  • Item #: 020527
    ISBN: 9781932096118
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    If you are preparing to homeschool a highschooler, no doubt you already realize that this is a big responsibility. If you are unsure whether you are going to continue to homeschool through high school, be assured that the same reasons you chose to homeschool in the first place are still applicable through these years. You are still able to provide your students with everything they need to be prepared for college - likely even more than their peers. The focus of this book is homeschooling through high school with the goal of college admission. Frequently homeschoolers approaching these years wonder if they will be able to give their students what they need to be accepted, and they are wary about keeping the right records, being eligible for scholarships, preparing official transcripts, and numerous other considerations that will be encountered. The author of this book, Jeanne Gowen Dennis, has (successfully!) homeschooled her daughter through high school, and she is now excelling in college. Because of the many questions Dennis has received on this subject, she decided to write a book to help prepare parents and show them exactly what they need to do to prepare their students. Not only did she draw on her experience and that of other homeschooling families, she also surveyed over 260 colleges on her own to find out what they looked for, what they required, and what strengths and weaknesses they noticed among homeschoolers enrolled in their colleges. This book begins with a chapter targeting the unsure. Dennis spells out the many advantages of homeschooling through high school, reassuring you that you are qualified to undertake this responsibility. She also lists out the disadvantages, such as not having such wide access to lab science materials, administrative tasks that you will be required to do, potential social problems (no, this does NOT have to be case at all, but she mentions it in order to help you recognize the importance of preparing your students to be in college life) and a few others. She also provides ways to combat these though, with excellent, sound advice. Next, she offers you the "Blueprint for Success", an outline of all the skills you need to build in your student - be it good character, academic, or practical. Planning and Priorities is an excellent chapter listing goals for high school education. Next she instructs in planning schedules, budget, selecting quality curriculum, and other important decisions. Chapter 5 is an extremely helpful chapter, showing by subject what is important for students to learn before going to college. A chapter for the home guidance office offers knowledge about keeping accurate records, college and career planning, alternatives for higher education, college entrance exams (SAT or ACT? What are the pros and cons of taking the GED?), and financial aid. Then is an extensive guide to finding the right college, along with a several page questionnaire to fill out regarding the college. The next chapter highlights noted strengths and potential weaknesses of homeschoolers in college, helping you to build on the strengths and alleviate the weaknesses. Chapters 9 and 10 guide you through all the information you should keep and record, how to prepare your transcript to look professional, assigning credits, writing course descriptions, assigning grades, and everything else you need to package in order to apply to colleges and look professional. There are tons of forms and charts to help you prepare your student's records clearly and correctly. Extensive appendices include a chart of college homeschool requirements (gathered from over 100 colleges across the nation), homeschool high school resources, a section for students, and a very complete list of recommended reading - one from a college English professor, one from a literature based homeschooling mom, and an additional compilation of other favorites from the author and other parents. If you are unsure of whether you want to continue homeschooling into this period, if you feel incompetent, or if you know you want to but have questions regarding preparation for college, this guide will prove extremely valuable to you. There is a lot of information here for anyone preparing students for college admission. 306 pgs. - Melissa