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More from Goldie Blox

The engineering toy aimed at young girls continues to expand, and they’ve moved past just engineering basics and have some great new products.

Goldie Blox kits are for children aged 4-9. The latest entry is, not a kit, but an action figure!

This is no dress-up Princess, either, Goldie’s action figure ziplines!

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New Stirling Engine Designs from DStar

DStar Engines has produced some of the highest quality and widest variety of Stirling Engines to hit the market. From their popular Low-Temperature Stirling Engine, to the unique Stirling Engine Powered Vehicle. Now two new varieties of Stirling Engine are available.

The first is the Magnetic Ringbom Stirling Engine.

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New Product Time: More Goldie Blox, Deluxe Spirograph, and Kaleidoscope Bulb

Just a quick entry to show off some of the new products we have in stock on the web and in the store. Let’s start with Goldie Blox’s latest entry into their market: Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank.

???????????????????????Like other entries in the Goldie Blox series, this engineering kit teaches basic principles for children aged 4-9 while also telling a story that girls can follow and learn.

Goldie needs to get her dog Nacho clean. Trouble is nacho hates water and loves being a dirty dog. After many tries to get Nacho clean, Goldie finally comes up with the perfect contraption. As kids read along, they help Goldie build a dunk tank (and learn about hinges and levers) to get Nacho clean. All parts with tis set work with piece from the other parts of the Goldie Blox series.  In this entry students learn about hinges and levers!

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PicoTurbine Wind Turbine Classroom Kits

Alternative energy is rapidly becoming one of the major topics of study in the classroom and Spectrum has supplied kits that produce energy via solar, hydrogen and wind. In that latter production category we have recently added a series of Savonius Wind Turbines and Windmill generators by PicoTurbine:

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Goldie Blox makes a Rube Golberg Machine Video

Goldie Blox is the Engineering/Inventor toy aimed at girls – not just with pink colors on the box but by using methods that girls actually use in play. It has come onto the market with a splash and they have added the new Goldie Blox and the Parade Float to the series.

To promote the new products Goldie Blox has produced a video wherin several resourceful girls make their own massive Rube Goldberg device, many of the pieces involve parts from Goldie Blox kits.

And, yeah, they set it to a re-written version of the Beastie Boy’s “Girls”.

Enjoy:

Want to get Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine? Or Goldie Blox and the Parade Float?

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Jr. Scientist Series – The Weird

So in previous posts covering the products in the new Jr. Scientists series we covered their robotic kits, then in part 2 we covered their crystal kits and the telescope kit. But that is the final chapter in this science set series, and let’s just say that the products in this last post are a little – strange. Let’s start off with the very unusual: The Hand Dynamo Helicopter and Flip Flop Turtle.

Yes, you read that correctly.

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The Classic Spirograph Returns

Ah, Spirograph:

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Spirograph has a long history as a toy – dating back to 1965.  Its actually not the original – as the copy above says it was based off a drafting tool invented Denys Fisher. It probably looked something like this tool from 1968 (scanned from the Edmund Scientific 1968 catalog).

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