We’ve carried Artec kits for a few months and they’ve done quite well. Some of the kits have a rational outlook to them and others have the zany Japanese anime-influenced look to them that makes them twice as awesome. Most of the new kits fall into the latter category.
First up is a rather odd kit: See Through Ice
Artec is a Japanese-based company that has been trying to break into the US market for a few years. We’ve seen their stuff for a while and were impressed, but at first there were too many issue with the products for us to carry them. Things have improved steadily and now we think their great science kits are ready for our audience. We added a whole lot of these kits, and they are low-cost and fun. Some of them still may have a bit too much ‘anime’ on the box art & instructions but it is still good stuff. Here’s a few of them to start:
Bacteria Farm allows students to cultivate 12 different kinds of bacteria. They will actually make their own cultivating broth and a 12 chamber cultivation plate to grow bacteria from soil, household liquids, and much more. Parental help will be needed to grow the brother (water needs to be boiled) but this quite is a great introduction to the world of bacteria.