Science Resources: Science Kits by National Geographic

We’ve been on the lookout for science kits when I stumbled upon the National Geographic science kits by Thames & Kosmos:

The kits are pretty comprehensive. For instance, the Earth Science: Crystals, Rocks and Minerals kit contains real specimens of granite, limestone, basal, marble, pumice, calcite, pyrite, quartz, hematite, bornite, fluorite, magnetite, and soapstone. It also provides the materials and instructions on how to grow three types of crystals – alum (potassium aluminum sulfate), copper (ll) sulfate, and potassium hexacyanoferrate (III). The National Geographic Earth Science Experiment Kit (Crystals, Rocks, and Minerals) teaches children about rocks and the minerals that form them.

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What they will learn:

  • crystal structures of minerals
  • chemistry of crystals
  • geological science of rock formation
  • how to test and identify minerals
  • how to determine a mineral’s chemical and physical properties (colour, luster, streak colour, hardness, density, magnetic properties, carbon/sulfur/iron content)
  • geologic rock cycle
  • formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

Activities in the kit:

  • 18 hands-on projects and investigations
  • build 3-D geometric models of common crystal shapes
  • crystal growing (3 different types with different colours and structures)
  • mold a crystal geode

Not only do these kits teach children about science in a fun and educational way, they also help to support vital exploration, conservation, research, and education programs as a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these kits are donated.

Age recommendation: 8 years old and up. Adult supervision required.

Other National Geographic Science Kits available:

Archaeology Kit: Egyptian Pyramid

Play the role of archaeologist as you explore this pyramid model and the treasures buried within. After using hieroglyphics to decipher the secret to unlocking the pyramid, use tools and techniques similar to those of a real archaeologist to carefully excavate a sarcophagus, death mask, and four canopic urns from inside. Open the sarcophagus and you will discover a model mummy preserved within. As you uncover the artifacts in the pyramid, you will learn about archaeological science, including excavation, conservation, dating, and remote sensing. You will also learn about ancient Egyptian customs, hieroglyphics, mummification, and pyramid construction. Investigate the layout of the pyramid, its various chambers, hidden passageways, and security devices by constructing a three-dimensional cross section.

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Elements of Science

100 experiments in biology, chemistry, and physics. Investigate the most important phenomena in biology, chemistry, and physics by conducting more than 100 fun experiments. A broad yet elaborate introduction to the physical and life sciences, this kit is intended to expose children to the full spectrum of science and show firsthand how these three core disciplines interrelate. Topics covered:

  1. Water: adhesion, cohesion, buoyancy, density, states of water, surface tension.
  2. Air: Bernoulli’s Principle, gases, pressure, wind, molecular theory.
  3. Heat: temperature, evaporation, heat energy.
  4. Sound: music, sound waves, vibration.
  5. Forces: centrifugal force, energy, weight, gravity, inertia, pendulums, rockets.
  6. Magnetism: magnetic fields, compasses, magnetic poles, radiation.
  7. Electricity: electric motors, light bulbs, simple circuits, static electricity.
  8. Electromagnetism: electromagnets, the EM spectrum waves, current indicators.
  9. Light: camera obscure, light and shadow, light intensity.
  10. Optics: microscopes, telescopes, lenses, prisms, reflection, refraction, optical illusions.
  11. Plants and Animals: seeds, microscopic organisms, plant cycles, plants and light.
  12. Colors: color theory, printing, spectrum.
  13. The Human Body: brain, eyes, circulatory systems, ears.
  14. Chemistry: acids, bases, chromatography, filtration, reactions, tricks, safety.
  15. Earth and Sun: gloves, day and night, seasons, rotating, sundials, time zones.

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Extreme Chemistry Kit

National Geographic Extreme Chemistry Kit allows you to perform 6 chemistry experiments in your own home. It includes: chem rack, 1 test tube, 1 test tube cap, 10 craft sticks, funnel, 1 pipette, chemical spoon. By helping your child understand chemistry – the structure of everything around us and how it all interacts – they can unlock the mysteries of our world. The people who understand it best have a huge effect on our lives: They concoct medicines, solve crimes, and even create substances that flavor our favorite bubble gum! Designed for ages 12 and up.

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Dinosaurs and Fossils Kit

Long before history was ever recorded, fascinating creatures swam in oceans, soared through skies, and roamed across terrains very different from those of Earth today. Humans have never laid eyes on these creatures, so how do we know about them? How did they come to be, and why are they not around today? What was Earth like millions and even billions of years ago? From the first microscopic single-celled organisms to the largest whales alive today, life has been emerging, flourishing, and dying out on Earth for nearly four billion years. Discover how fossils are the keys to unlocking our understanding of prehistoric life. Learn about many species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, some of the most prolific and impressive creatures to ever exist on Earth.

In this kit you can assemble a dinosaur skeleton, build a pterosaur mobile, cast plaster fossils, play a dinosaur quiz game, create a time spiral and make a geologic time bookmark.

  • Find out how fossils form, make models of your own, and examine a real fossil
  • Delve into the geologic ages of earth and uncover the creatures that defined them
  • Full-color, 32-page experiment manual
  • For ages 8 to 12 years

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Sustainable Earth Lab

News of environmental problems threatening life on Earth seems to be everywhere. All of this information can be frightening and confusing, especially to a child. This science kit gives you the tools and informationto learn firsthand about the environmental problems burdening our planet and how we as a civilization can overcome these problems through sustainable practices and the sensible use of technology.

The kit is organized into five main sections: renewable energies, natural resource usage, climate change prevention, waste and water management, and energy conservation. Exploring these topics by doing hands-on experiments and seeing real results helps young scientists attain a solid grounding in these often abstract and intangible concepts.

  • Construct a miniature water treatment plant and learn how substances in unnatural concentrations can pollute habitats and harm life.
  • Manufacture recycled paper and plastic.
  • Get an understanding of the rapid growth in world population.
  • Explore the causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect with carbon dioxide tests.
  • Experiment with heat transfer and insulation.
  • Build devices to explore wind power, water power, and passive and active solar power technology.
  • Become an “energy detective” and track down wasteful uses of energy at school and in your home.

Designed for children age 8 and up.

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