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Monday, May 18, 2015

Superb Science Kits, Part 3

Posted by Youth Staff

With school ending and summer fast approaching, keep in mind that the Youth Library has a large collection of science kits that can be checked out for children ages 6 and up. Each of these kits are sure to keep you and your kids engaged and learning new things.  Some of them will have you taking trips outside to explore nature and others are perfect for really hot days or when it's raining outside.   We have such a large collection of science kits that we'll be discussing them in more than one post. Click on the kit titles to go to our catalog and place a hold.

Yes, Jedi, this IS the droid you’re looking for! Check out our R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid kit, and you will hold in your hands a state-of-the-art R2 series droid.  Programmed and ready to obey your commands, R2 will play games and assist your Jedi missions.  Even though he can be stubborn at times, this dependable droid can be trusted to be your devoted helper and friend.
R2-D2 stands over 15” tall and rolls, spins, “dances” and plays music.  R2-D2 responds to your commands and “remembers” and reacts to famous Star Wars characters.
In addition to the robot and its operation manual and command guide, this kit includes two books entitled, The Jedi Path and The Secret Life of Droids.

Magicscope, a kid-friendly microscope, can be used to view objects less than 2 ½ inches thick instantly, indoors or out. Kids can try viewing fabric, flowers, insects, rocks, or anything else that catches their interest. 
A set of 25 prepared slides which can be viewed with the Magicscope is also included in this kit. Some of the slides include sunflower stem, pine leaf, housebee mouth parts, and Lillium anther.
An informative book, The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope, which includes many more ideas of cool things to view with the Magicsope is also included.

Go an adventure with the Geocaching Kit!  Geocaching is a high-tech GPS-based treasure hunt. Hidden all over the U.S. - behind bushes, inside logs, under park benches, practically anywhere - there are "geocaches", containers of various sizes (some can be as small as a quarter, while others are as large as a bucket) with a log book and trinkets that you can trade stashed inside. Your mission as a Geocacher is to find them. The Geomate Jr. will display the 20 closest geocaches to your location. It includes cache information like ID, size, terrain, and diffulty ratings.  Kit also includes the book Geocache Surprise.

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