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  • Item #: 027795
    Retail: $39.99
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    Explore the workings of a jet engine without the toxic fuel smell! Detailed instructions provide all you need to create this working model jet engine. While it won't fly throughout the house (thankfully!), children will be able to control the thrust and turbine speed from the display stand ("Testing Lab".) While recommended for ages 8 and up, my impression is that middle school age children may require adult assistance. Completed jet engine measures approximately 8" x 12". Includes impressive 35"x12" poster of a U.S. Air Force SR-71 Blackbird with detailed information on the Blackbird, basic engine terms, how a jet engine works, and jet engine components. Requires 4 "AA" (1.5V) batteries and screwdriver (not included). ~ Deanne
  • Item #: 012339
    ISBN: 9780789485625
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

      This is a wonderful resource to ignite your science learning. With more than 60 hands-on activities, students will learn how things work in the world around them. Divided topically – into matter; atoms and elements; forces and energy; heat and sound; light and color; and electricity and magnetism, using this with your science curriculum is easy.

      The Way Science Works offers a book full of photos and information that will explain things like liquid density, parts of an atom, polymers, levers & pulleys, and so much more. Investigate science that we see daily with easy-to-understand explanations. A glossary helps you with some of the new words found throughout the book. Learn about scientists, new discoveries, and technology as you have some science fun! 160 pgs/hc. ~ 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 #: 027797
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $39.95

    Introduce children to the power of the sun! This kit contains everything necessary to build a working solar powered rover. Once built, the rover will drive forward and backward (no steering mechanism). Children will learn the intrinsic power of the sun as they see, firsthand, the rover in action. Backup power generator included for extended play. While designed for older children to complete independently, younger children will enjoy the experience with an older sibling or parent. This truly is environmental science for all ages! ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 015563
    ISBN: 9781557998323
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

  • Item #: 045291
    Retail: $99.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.90

    When it comes to hands-on projects, there seem to be two kinds of people in the world: those who want to assemble all the pieces necessary in the least expensive way and those who just want a complete kit so they don't have to run around and purchase supplies. If you're one of the latter, you will appreciate the wide range of equipment and tools included in this kit, as well as the comprehensive experiment guide. Like other kits from Thames & Kosmos, this one is well-produced and includes quality materials and a full-color experiment manual. The manual includes instructions for completing 100 experiments in the areas of physical science, earth and space science, and life science with specific chapters for experiments on: water, air, heat, sound, forces, magnets, electricity, electromagnetism, light and shadow, optical instruments, plants and animals, colors, human body, earth and sun, and chemistry. Looking through the manual, I recognize many experiments that are common middle-school fare such as weighing balloons with different amounts of air to show that air does have weight, making an atomizer that displays Bernoulli's Principle, changing water to ice to water vapor, observing that water expands when frozen, observing sound waves on the surface of water, swinging a cup of water to observe centrifugal force, building simple circuits, making an electromagnet, using mirrors to explore rays of light, making a camera obscura, dying carnations by placing them in colored water, listening to your heartbeat, building a sundial and many more that are often seen in curriculums or experiment books at this level. All special equipment is included, as are common objects like balloons, straws, modeling clay and black paper. Materials needed are listed at the beginning of each activity, with materials in the kit in regular font and additional materials needed in italics. Because so much is included here, materials that you provide are "basics" like water, batteries, flashlights, newspaper, and scissors. With the breadth of topics covered, this is one science kit that you'll use again and again. – Jess

  • 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 #: 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 #: 025447
    ISBN: 9781886978119
    Retail: $24.99
    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 it's like. After the excitement is over, the author explains why the experiment worked, and why you can see the DNA. Now that they're 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, they're 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 #: 053043
    Retail: $22.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    A cross between mini-mysteries and a detective science kit, this fun set teaches children forensic techniques while they work through two mysteries! In the first mystery, "The Case of the Mysterious Painting," young detectives will examine a painting for clues, analyze suspect data using a graph, test the pH of a water sample, measure shoeprints, extract DNA from strawberries (or other fruit), and compare DNA profile strips. In the second mystery, "The Case of the Cursed Cookies," kids learn even more techniques, including ink chromatography, testing flour and baking soda with citric acid, and examining fingerprints. Although the stories are a little cheesy and actual forensic techniques are a bit more complex, putting the experiments in the context of the story really brings the techniques to life and makes them extra exciting! Although all special supplies are included, you will need some household items to complete the activities – and a discreet adult helper to set up at least one test. – Jess

  • Item #: 008165
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
  • Item #: 018665
    ISBN: 9780824967963
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    Even if you don't live anywhere near the ocean, your kids can still explore the amazing properties of earth's great watery expanse, along with the unique plants and animals that inhabit it. This Kids Can! activity book introduces major ocean and ocean life concepts, followed up with simple hands-on investigations that kids can perform, often with minimal adult help. The text is written in a clear, easy-to-read style, broken up by subject headings, more like a magazine format than in textbook form, and accompanied by playful cartoons of children and sea animals. The investigations use commonly found items, and are typically simple, easy to perform (they obviously know it's hard to keep a kid's interest for very long!) and complement the preceding text to reinforce concepts so the kids can "see" it, rather than just learn about it. For instance, after learning about different shapes and types of fish, they make fish models of clay on a string, and pull them through the water to see which shape creates the least resistance, and then fill up small balloons, with air, oil and water, imitating fish with air bladders, fish without, and sharks to see which has the greatest and least buoyancy when it comes to swimming. Kids love taking an investigative approach to science, why not throw in some ocean books from the library, and make it a science unit?

  • Item #: 030144
    Retail: $22.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Falling in love with science doesn't just happen. Rather, it is an overflow of a curious nature, and there is no better way to stir curiosity in our children than allowing them to get their hands dirty, so to speak.

    This interactive kit contains everything necessary to complete several activities that introduce children to the properties of chemistry. Step-by-step instructions, follow up questions and the underlying scientific principles are provided, making this easy and educational for your little chemist. Here is a sampling of the activities your child will participate in: Clash of the Powders (baking soda and citric acid), Fizzy Volcanoes, Soapy Bubbles, Yeasty Beasties and many others. Younger children will be enthralled as they become real scientists - measuring and mixing compounds, analyzing results and looking at what happens when slight changes are made to the original experiment. Supply a few common household items along with adult supervision and watch your children fall in love with science! ~Deanne

  • Item #: 050516
    Retail: $17.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

       Study the science of black light, UV light, luminescence, and fluorescence with this handy little kit. The black light flashlight (four inches long) included in this kit is well-made to stand up to repeated use and requires 3AAA batteries (not included). Also included in this kit are two highlighter pens, black construction paper, glow-in-the-dark slime, and an activity sheet. Nine different activities include things like find a hidden bar on your money to confirm that it isn’t fake, look at a banana during different stages of ripening to see the fluorescence, and observe flowers that are kept fresh in tonic water – what do you see? Have some fun as you learn about these science concepts and you can use the flashlight for your investigations too! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006644
    ISBN: 9780794518479
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $26.99
    This book is not a science text, but it will help you with whatever science textbook you are using. It's a comprehensive science reference guide covering physics, chemistry and biology. Each area of focus features color-coded subtopics with significant detail. The chemistry section contains subtopics for general, physical, inorganic, organic, and environmental chemistry. The biology section includes ecology, botany, zoology, human biology, genetics and general biology. The physics section is divided into mechanics, heat, waves, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and general physics.

    We've come to expect compelling color pictures, graphics and charts from Usborne, and this book does not disappoint. Every page has excellent visuals and concise explanations of scientific laws and principles. For example, the biology section includes a subtopic covering the nervous system. The book shows and describes the parts of the neuron including the cell body, the dendrites and the axon. The graphics do an excellent job of showing the interaction between nerve cells and how the chemical neurotransmitters work at the synapse between the cells. You learn the difference between association (or relay) neurons and motor (or instruction) neurons.

    With over 350 pages, a glossary, and complete index, this book makes finding information quick and easy. Use the book to review material already studied, or as additional explanation or clarification of current lessons. - Jerry

  • Item #: 008173
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
  • Item #: 030492
    Retail: $11.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.75
  • Item #: 030494
    Retail: $11.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.75
  • 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 earth's structure, fossils, rocks & minerals, crystals & gems, and earthquakes & volcanoes. Don't let the smaller 9"x 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. You'll 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 #: 029548
    Retail: $11.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.75

  • Item #: 008164
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
  • Item #: 008171
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
  • Item #: 047918
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Includes 8 egg drop protection experiments - tricky crush, super shell, egg dive, egg flight, parachute drop, spine shield, balloon cushion, and straw cell. Materials include parachute canopy, egg cup, suspension strings, landing legs, rubber bands, balloons, fasteners, plastic straws, and triple-leg joints.

  • Item #: 061900
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $21.95

    This model kit allows your young dinosaur enthusiast to take their passion to the next level! Children will experience the thrill of being a paleontologist as they construct the 15" T-Rex layer by layer, from squishy organs to the clear plastic body shell. Dinosaur includes 5 squishy organs (heart, intestines, lungs, stomach, and tongue), 9 plastic bones and muscles, and clear outer shell pieces. Once completed, your dinosaur can be displayed on the plastic 'rock' stand. Kit also includes The Mighty Rex, a 24-pg. book from Dennis Schatz, a noted scientist from Seattle's Pacific Science Center. Evolutionary content. Detailed instructions included. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 007177
    ISBN: 9781557996831
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95
  • Item #: 007182
    ISBN: 9781557996886
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95
  • Item #: 007184
    ISBN: 9781557996879
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95
  • Item #: 007373
    ISBN: 9780977691616
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    If you're already doing Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, did you know that you are all set up for seamlessly tying in this course with Science Roots to learn 123 life science roots. Science Roots is set up in much the same way that Vocabulary Vine is (please see our Spelling/Vocabulary section for complete description), where the student is given a main list of roots, and they make a study card for the root, including a root definition, example words and their definitions, and the source language (Greek or Latin). The roots are arranged in the order they are encountered in Exploring Creation with Biology, so vocabulary study can be tied in chapter by chapter. The study would also work for any other biology text, but the coordination would not be as good. The author recommends this vocabulary study as a two-year plan, ideally started before Exploring Creation with Biology. In this case, the student would study 63 roots of more general science terms the first year, and 60 roots of more specifically life-science terms the second year. Detailed instructions and implementation are offered to get you up and running, along with frequently asked questions and some suggested learning games using the vocabulary roots. The appendix contains a taxonomy chart, a complete vocabulary list, and vocabulary lists for following either the one-year or two-year plan. If you're already doing Exploring Creation with Biology, why not link vocabulary study as well? - Jess

  • Item #: 015550
    ISBN: 9781557998354
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95
  • Item #: 015560
    ISBN: 9781557998378
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95