So with a vacation the horizon and many things to take care of before then there isn’t much time to put together a thoughtful post about neat science products. So we’ll laze out and show some nifty videos of some of the items we sell in action!
First up is the new Tin Can Cable Car
Then we have the also new Table Top Robot
Our Popular Static Science Kit
The wonderfully named Anti-Gravity Magnetic Levitation Kit
And finally (for today) Bubble Science!
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”.
Want to get Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine? Or Goldie Blox and the Parade Float?
Water Marbles are a wonderful little product where little pellet-sized balls absorb water and grow several times their original size. This is a process that takes a few hours so making a film of it happening is a bit involved. We tried it once and while it is our most watched Youtube video it is not very impressive and is only popular because folks were looking for something else.
But with a Smartphone app called Lapseit we decided to try it once more. We put a 1 pack of Water Marbles into a 1L Griffin Beaker and added water. Then we set the Smartphone to shoot an image once per minute. This was the result:
It turned out pretty good, but by no means perfect. For one thing, this is only part of the process. The Water Marbles would continue to absorb water for another few hours until this was the result:
So why didn’t we show the whole thing? Well, we ran it for about 3-1/2 hours but then the battery in the Smartphone was drained and we had to stop the process. Oh well.
Next time we will be certain to have a charger on hand
Want to buy Water Marbles?
Yeah. I’m being lazy. Don’t care. DANCING PENGUIN CHORUS LINE!
(You really want a Dancing Penguin!)
OK. there’s really not too much I can add to this video. It is Commander Chris Hadfield performing David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Mind you he is doing this while on the International Space Station.
Some complained that this cover is the most expensive music video ever made since it was done on the ISS, however some point out this simply is not true.
Tuesday. It is time for lazy. So here are a couple of time lapse movies we made.
First is a time lapse of the Crazy Aaron’ Strange Attractor Thinking Putty swallowing a magnet:
And we also have an artsy time lapse of the Drinking Bird we keep in the store window.
Don’t feel like posting anything profound or involved, so here are some videos of cats in Zero-Gravity (or at least simulated on a ‘Vomit Comet’)