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  • Item #: 030717
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    Build a working speaker out of a paper cup, magnets, wire, and other included tools. Comes with a pre-assembled amplifier so you can hook up and use the speaker.

  • Item #: 013413
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $38.25

    Kids love it, students will find it helpful, and even adults get caught up in the excitement of its construction and operation. This see-through working model of a four-cylinder engine has that much detail. And the beauty of it is, you wont get covered in oil working on this engine and it doesnt cost thousands of dollars to fix if something goes wrong! All of the parts needed in building the engine to get the valves rocking, the spark plugs firing, and the pistons driving the crankshaft are included, except for the two "AA" size batteries. Even the screwdriver is supplied. With over 100 working parts, this is a high quality engine model. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 022317
    Retail: $54.95
    Rainbow Price: $47.95

    Here in the Midwest, we see windmill farms popping up all over the place, trying to take advantage of the wind over our flat topography. And as wind is more and more often promoted as a green source of energy, it is worth taking a look into to see the benefits and challenges presented by harnessing the power of the wind. This excellent kit by Thames & Kosmos helps you do just that with a mix of their sturdy plastic physics parts and a full-color, 35-page experiment guide with 20 activities. Besides presenting the experiments, the guide also provides information on air currents, windmill designs of today and yesterday, how wind can perform work, the power formula for wind, apparent wind, turbulence, lift and resistance. In the experiments, you will build a wind power plant, then use it to lift a weight, try different wing shapes, calculate the rotation speed and speed ratio, and use the windmill to power a light, recharge a battery and as a fan. Who knows? If you live in a location with a lot of wind, you might just go on to build your own windmill generator for your home! Jess

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 024657
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95
    Sure, using a metal detector is fun. But what about building one? It may not be the steel-framed, $100 model, but constructing the detector it is nevertheless a learning experience. This kit contains everything you need to learn how a metal detector works and build your own working model ~ Stephen
  • Item #: 014738
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.75

    See how motors work, make a powerful electric motor, and then use it to power its own motorboat! Uses a D-cell battery, not included.

  • Item #: 013710
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50
    Turn a plastic bottle into a working vacuum cleaner, using the opening as the vacuum nozzle.
  • Item #: 005585
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.75

    A working catapult, powered by a rubber band. (Beginner)

  • Item #: 027080
    ISBN: 9781556524424
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    Let your young scientists explore the earth with 60 activities in the areas of the earths structure, fossils, rocks & minerals, crystals & gems, and earthquakes & volcanoes. Dont let the smaller 9x 7 size fool you; this book is over 180 pages of information and fun. Each of the five chapters follows the same format. A cute little poem (corny at times) begins the chapter and is then followed by a list of the activities and new words you might encounter (along with definitions). Dynamic Earth offers bulleted information on that specific topic and then a number of activities is presented along with materials lists, instructions and illustrations (black & white) where needed. You will get to play Earth Trivia, make an earth spinner, take a core sample of a cream-filled cupcake, use tostada shells to model the continents, play Continent Bingo, make fossils, start a fossil collection, grow crystals and much more. Youll find most items needed for the activities around your house, and there are some reproducible pages for some of the other activities. The back of the book offers a few (minimal) suggestions for additional resources, but you will probably be able to find some good ones at your local library. There is also a suggestion for purchasing fossil, rock, and gem specimens but you can let your child collect rocks while playing outside or find your own sources for purchasing (We carry quite a variety).

    Use this book as a unit study about earth science or as supplemental hands-on for your curriculum, either way you will have a lot of fun as you learn about the earth. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 000130
    ISBN: 9780545048736
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    Break out the scissors, tape, paste and paper and make a stomach book, 3-D skeleton, a growing-tooth movie, a cardboard spinal column, manipulative eye, and more! The book begins with a study of the sense organs: tongue, eye, ear, nose, and skin. Building models of each helps children understand how they work. The rest of the book is on body systems: skeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, and muscular. Building models of the systems and some of their components after discussing them and performing some illustrative activities provides for active learning. Model patterns used are reproducible, so everyone can join in.

  • Item #: 056061
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Heres a real hands-on opportunity with a useful outcome - build this inexpensive microscope that really works. Using the pieces in the box and the step-by-step illustrations in the included guide book, students can easily assemble this 300X, plastic microscope. I assembled this sitting at my desk and used it to view some prepared slides that I keep in my desk drawer. It was just as easy to take it apart to rebuild again later. There are instructions for seven activities: take a look at seasonings found in your kitchen, flower pollen, potato starch, and more. You can even read a short section on the history of the microscope. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 041719
    ISBN: 9781400662449
    Retail: $79.95
    Rainbow Price: $71.90

    Almost every science course reviews the work of famous scientists and the groundbreaking discoveries that they made. Reading about their work is good, but actually performing the same experiments that these scientists did would be so much more meaningful. With this Thames & Kosmos kit, you can do just that, without the hassle of assembling all the materials yourself. Build a telescope like Johannes Kepler, a spectroscope like Joseph von Fraunhofer, a phonograph like Thomas Edison, a steam engine like James Watt in all, 100 experiments and discoveries covering the work of 140 scientists and inventors. Chapters are included on: Light, Colors, and Sound; Heat, Steam, and Engines; Magnetism and Electricity; Communication and Microelectronics; Forces; Life; Atoms and Molecules; Stars and Planets; and the Periodic Table. In addition to the models mentioned above, students will also make or study a battery, telegraph, radio, airplane, star map, and many others. All components needed for all the experiments are included in the kit, except a 9-volt battery to power some of the experiments. The 94-page Experiment Manual is an excellent teaching tool in itself; in addition to giving verbal and visual instructions for all experiments, lots of historical information and Did you know tidbits are included. The manual is full-color and contemporary, but includes period photographs and drawings that resemble a lab journal from the past. Over the years, you could be pulling this kit off the science shelf again and again, unless your kids decide to do all of the experiments right away!

  • Item #: 024260
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.40
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Learn how plants germinate from seeds, how they grow, what they need to grow, what they produce, and how their roots, stems, and leaves work. 16-page color guidebook.
  • Item #: 031055
    Retail: $350.00
    Rainbow Price: $275.95

    3,447 pieces dare students to try and construct all of the 60 possible fully-functional machine models! Students learn about five different machine types, effort, resistance, fulcrums, slopes, levers, gear ratios, friction, force, pulleys and much more as they work their way through the included 5 Educator Guides, 57 comprehensive lesson plans, and more! ~ Megan

  • Item #: 013821
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    If kids have an interest in radios or electronics, this fun little kit will show them all about the operating principles behind a radio, earphones, crystal diodes, antennas, and grounding. It is simple, but so much fun to build your own working radio that actually receives signals from AM stations between 600 and 1400Khz. The enclosed guide booklet gives clear instructions for assembly and experiments that can be completed to find the best antennas and grounding options. A hands-on introduction into how radio works. - Zach

    1CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 028800
    Retail: $28.98
    Rainbow Price: $25.25
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) No matter how complicated a camera, a telescope, or a microscope is, it consists of one or more of these basic elements; mirrors, lenses and prisms. Explore the principles of reflection, refraction and the physics of how light works as you discovery all about optics. Kit Includes: flexible mirror (Bonus), cylindrical double concave lens, cylindrical double convex lens, small equilateral prism, small mirror, laser, 4 cards, and exploration guide. Ages 7+.
  • Item #: 029510
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    Pretend you are working in a real lab with this Mini Centrifuge. It comes complete with the base or main body that contains the motor, a domed cover, a rotor mount for tubes, and 6 small plastic tubes. Just like lab techs that use a centrifuge to separate blood, you will be able to separate other liquids. After assembling, insert 2 AA batteries (not included), and begin performing the activities in the included study guide. Separate tomato juice, dressing, orange juice, milk, and more. Students can witness the effects of centrifugal force using this simple mechanism and the step-by-step instructions and illustrations in the guide. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 025447
    ISBN: 9781886978119
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.75

    A while back, Janine, Stephen and I did a science lab where we isolated onion DNA, and it was awesome - we were all in shock (first of all, that the experiment worked!), and it was incredibly cool to see the tiny strands! And then we discovered this awesome lab, which does a much better job at introducing students to DNA and really understanding it before they isolate fruit DNA - and do some very cool things with bacterial DNA! A 40-page book in the kit introduces kids to DNA and its importance. Use of diagrams and illustrations is excellent throughout the book. Then kids will jump right into extracting DNA from a kiwi, strawberry, or onion. The step-by-step instructions are both illustrated and printed, and are very easy to follow. After the dramatic results are seen, kids can observe the DNA in the test tube, and even poke it around a little bit to see what its like. After the excitement is over, the author explains why the experiment worked, and why you can see the DNA. Now that theyre hooked, students are introduced to the basics of DNA, including the four bases, the "twisted ladder" model, the history of DNA discovery, DNA duplication, how four DNA bases code for 20 amino acids, how DNA is divided into chromosomes, and more! The included equipment contains both cardstock "chromosome" halves as well as a mini-DNA model kit, so that kids can play with both of these ideas hands-on. After they have a good understanding of what DNA is and what it does, theyre ready to do the last big experiment - extract their own DNA! The sample is collected from inside the cheek, and once they have isolated the DNA they can keep it in the freezer, or use it to make their own "forgery-proof" ink. This experiment takes the place of the one previously included, where young experimenters would mix plasmids into bacteria to create glowing colonies. While this is unfortunate, kids will likely enjoy isolating their own DNA as well. The lab equipment is included here; the only things you will need to supply are some household and food items. - Jess

  • Item #: 012588
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    Its fun to look at things through a microscope, and even more fun to build the microscope first! This inexpensive little kit gives you the parts you need to build a microscope with 150X magnification out of cardboard tubes large objective lens, small objective lens, eyepiece lens, cardboard tubes for the body, connecting parts, light shield, battery-powered lamp base (batteries included), school glue and a two blank glass slides. The instruction sheet that is included shows step-by-step assembly instructions with illustrations, a short history of microscopes, and a short activity to observe flower pollen. Once built, you can observe prepared slides, hair, leaves, and anything else that can be put on a slide. I had fun putting this together and looking at the prepared slides I keep on hand and some of the small things I keep around my desk. This isnt a high school quality microscope, but its an educational option to help students understand how a microscope works and then put it to use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 017218
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.40
    (Publisher Description)

    Establish a foundation in physics by building models of all six simple machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Assemble and use a spring scale to measure how the machines change the direction and magnitude of forces, making work easier to do. Ages 8 and up.

  • Item #: 014739
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.75

    This is the most popular of the kits! Build your own working crystal radio (no batteries needed) pick up radio stations and experiment with radio waves. Comes with a tuning coil, antennas, and earphone.

  • Item #: 024339
    Retail: $49.99
    Rainbow Price: $35.95

    This 63 piece building set allows students to create 5 different simple machines pulley, incline plane, wedge, lever, and wheel & axle. The pieces are made of hard colorful plastic and the structures are easy to assemble. The included instruction guide lists the components in this set and the number of each, assembly instructions, definitions of the parts of each simple machine, and explanations of why and how each works. Simple machines are designed to decrease force and effort, and students will understand this concept better by actually building them. A separate set of activity cards is now available; see below. - Donna

  • Item #: 043748
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    This adapter works with all versions of the Snap Circuits kits and eliminates the need for constant battery replenishment!

  • Item #: 020019
    ISBN: 9780941008402
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $17.80

    Construct a working model of these heavenly bodies, a floating-pin compass, and paper-clip quadrants.

  • Item #: 041721
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $62.90

    A fascinating kit based on the same idea as item # 34204 - see description (and from the same company) the best way to learn physics is through hands-on models that really do what you build them to do. The great part about all the models in this kit is that they run on solar power. The neat little solar panel attachment will power all twelve models when in sunlight or other direct high-powered lights. Models include tractor, truck, treaded vehicle, car, elevator, drawbridge, fan, airplane, mobile crane, and construction crane. The 64-page, full-color experiment manual gives all the construction details for each model along with 30 experiments to do with harnessing and using solar power. The solar panel attachment point can also hold an AA size battery for times the solar panel will not work. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 041720
    Retail: $32.95
    Rainbow Price: $29.60

    If the Physics Workshop from Thames & Kosmos is more kit than you really want, try the lite version, Physics Discovery. At half the price of Physics Workshop, this kit still gives you more than 100 pieces with which to build 12 models. Build a balance beam to learn about leverage or a freight elevator to investigate pulleys. Make a motion picture machine to find out about centripetal and centrifugal forces, and a transmission to discover the workings of gears. The 48-page instruction manual provides photographic directions, background information, and full-color pictures of how a similar machine is used in real life. Colorful punchout covers dress up some of the finished products. And when you decide to upgrade to Physics Workshop, all of these pieces are compatible.

  • Item #: 046113
    Retail: $79.95
    Rainbow Price: $54.95

    Everyone loves Snap Circuits kits that allow you to create your own electronic components and piece together working devices. This kit lets you experiment with and manufacture items featuring the latest in modern alternative energy sources. Using the hand-crank dynamo, solar panel, and wind turbine, kids can light up a LED, power a clock, charge a battery, run a small radio, measure the energy on an analog meter, and much more. Instructions are included for many projects, and as a bonus, all the parts work with other Snap Circuits sets. Go green by using this great kit to experiment with and learn about modern energy sources. Contains over 40 parts to make over 125 projects dealing with environmentally friendly energy like geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, wind, solar, tidal, hydro, and others.

  • Item #: 027402
    Retail: $17.96
    Rainbow Price: $15.75

    This small kit allows students to create a simple electrical circuit and see first hand what causes open and closed circuits. Everything needed is included in the kit, except for a D size battery to supply power. Components include a knife switch, two bulb holders, two small light bulbs, a battery holder, and five alligator connector cords. The circuit is very easy to put together and the directions tell you how to flip the knife switch to create an open and closed circuit and why you get that reaction. A simple but effective way to demonstrate how circuits work. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 045035
    ISBN: 9781591746430
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Did you know you can make a robot out of little more than a toothbrush head and a tiny, battery-operated motor assembly? Although savvy do-it-yourselfers have been making them for years, Klutz has made this fun project accessible for kids without as much mechanical know-how. The book begins with instructions on how to assemble the basic bot and adjust its movement. When youve gotten a handle on how the Bristlebot works, its time to experiment! The next suggested activities include letting your Bristlebots battle in an arena, making turnarounds out of paper cups, guiding the bots through mazes, painting on a plate with the bots, accessorizing the bots to look like bugs, and experimenting with other materials to make a new breed of robot. Cardstock pieces are included to build arenas and mazes, and of course, the motor assemblies, toothbrush heads and wire are also included so the Bristlebot-building can begin right away! - Jess

  • Item #: 023360
    Retail: $199.95
    Rainbow Price: $179.90

    With the price of gasoline currently rising, and the fear of eventual oil shortages, an alternative form of energy is about due to be explored. With this kit, that energy form is the sun and water, both environmentally friendly. The fuel cell car kit splits water into its individual elements (called electrolysis): oxygen and hydrogen which powers the car. In the near future, it is possible that this technology will be powering electronic devices of all sorts: computers, cell phones, and of course, cars. Learn all about how a reversible fuel cell works to perform electrolysis resulting in the creation of energy. The large solar cell included provides the electricity to activate electrolysis. The individual gases are stored and used when needed. Experiments show you everything from how to build a solar-powered car and the effects of direct vs. indirect radiation to solar electrolysis and building a fuel cell-powered car. Kit contains 30 different experiments so that students will learn how each individual part works and then how it works together. Take an in-depth look at one of the most promising means of future energy production. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 042764
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $36.25

    If youve ever wondered how those little robotic vacuums work, assembling this robot kit may shed some light on that mystery! Designed for beginners, Hyper Peppy comes with a pre-printed circuit board and requires only basic tools to assemble. When complete, the robot will run on any smooth surface until it hits an object or hears a loud noise. When this happens, the robot immediately stops, turns to the left, and embarks on a new course. This little guy is hilarious when it starts running it fearlessly bounces into walls, then turns around and runs off again! Requires 2 AA batteries, not included.

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