Young Scientist Kits

Science Kits from the Young Scientist Kits.

Last year we left off at Kit 13 from the Young Scientist Kits and the kiddos are ready to get going on our packets for this year. I did not order the Young Scientist Kits again this year because we really didn't have great luck with the experiments last year. I loved the pre-packaged complete kits and how they were layed out and how well they explained everything. What I didn't like was that I think the actual products were very old and they rarely worked {unless I would use new materials from our home}.

Kits contain pre-sorted supply bags with all materials needed for experiments (except for some common household items) and large instruction manuals with a teacher section followed by student instructions given by “Celsius the Science Bug".

Here are the first 13 kits and what is contained in each kit. They have new packaging, so perhaps they have revamped the kits.

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Kit 1: Recycling

Young Scientists are introduced to the 3 R s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) by

making mini-composters and different kinds of paper from old paper to

use as labels on recycling bins. These creative and fun experiments are a

great introduction to the world of science.

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Kit 2: Scientific Measurements

Students learn about the importance of the metric

system by measuring and graphing expanding

foam capsules, melting ice towers, and growing

beans and wheat seeds. These exciting

experiments will get all Young Scientists hooked

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Kit 3: Magnets

A great introduction to the science of magnetism. Young Scientists make

magnets dance and “magically” move cars while learning about attraction

versus repulsion, North versus South poles, and magnetic materials versus

non-magnetic materials. Students finish the kit by making their own

compass!

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Kit 4: Weather

Students learn about the weather by making a wind vane

to study wind direction, a thermometer to study temperature,

a barometer to study change in air pressure, and a rain

gauge to measure rainfall. Young Scientists become

meteorologists by making their own weather station.

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Kit 5: Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Young Scientists study the three phases of matter by

mixing solids and liquids to create gas, a bouncy ball,

and goop. These fun experiments will excite any

budding scientist.

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Kit 6: Volcanoes

Students learn about the properties of volcanoes by

building a simple volcano and mixing the proper

chemicals to make it erupt. This will be an experiment

that Young Scientists will want to repeat again and

again!

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Kit 7: Minerals

In this kit Young Scientists become geologists and study the properties of

minerals by using the streak test, hardness test, acid test, and magnetic

test to identify five unknown minerals. A great introduction to real field

science.

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Kit 8: Crystals

Students learn about crystals by growing a salt rock garden, rock candy,

and string crystals. This kit is completed with a “bang” when Young

Scientists break open real geodes and find beautiful crystals inside.

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Kit 9: Fossils

Young Scientists study fossils by making both cast and mold fossils of

bugs and by examining the enclosed plant fossil replica. This kit is a

great introduction to the fascinating field of paleontology.

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Kit 10: Bacteria and Fungi

Young Scientists of all ages will be fascinated by growing bacteria and

fungi of all colors and textures in Petri dishes. They will discover how

antibiotics cure disease. Students finish the kit by “waking” the common

fungus called yeast.

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Kit 11: Weight and Volume

In this kit, students learn about weight by making

and calibrating their own spring scale. Students then

learn about volume using a metric-calibrated

graduated cylinder. The concepts of weight and

volume are combined to study density by making a

peppercorn “magically” float.

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Kit 12: Acids and Bases

Students learn about acids and bases by testing various substances with

pH and litmus paper. In addition, the effects of acids on various items

around us are studied (e.g. dirty coins and rain). This kit finishes with

some real copper plating. A great introduction to chemistry.