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We have a Kickstarter: The Periodic Table Scarf!

We got a sample product in house that got a lot of positive reation: We could have sold the sample a dozen times over, when it was worn it got a lot of notice.  It wasn’t an item we expected: It was a scarf made out as a colorful periodic table:

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It wore well, and looked quite nice. The reaction caught us off guard to be honest.

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The scarf is made of (polyester-based) Satin and was soft, comfortable, colorful, and especially nerdy!

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Thing is: We couldn’t just buy few of these like we do other items. We had to buy a *lot* of them for the order. How could we do this? It was alot of capital to invest and while we were sure we could sell a few of them, could we sell hundreds?

Rather than make a risky investment, we decided to turn to Kickstarter:

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So you can help support bringing this product to our offerings. You can get one of the first ones as a reward (or a bunch if you  like!). If You don’t care for scarves or just don’t wear them you can still support us and get a reward!   The $12 reward will get you a dog tag with your fasvorite element on it (you get to choose!)

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So support our little foray into fashion and back us on Kickstarter!

Our entry at Kickstarter

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More New Items: Kids Chemistry Set, Fingerprint Detective & Molecule Madness

We went on vacation last week (although the store was open) and some new products have come in. Let’s have a look!

First up is the Kid’s First Chemistry Set

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Artec Science Kits part 2

We continue with more of the great, low-cost products from Artec. First up is the Make your own Litmus Paper

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Jr. Scientist Series Part 2 – Crystals and Telescopes

We covered some of the Robotic Jr. Scientist series in part 1. In part 2 we cover a couple of other parts of the new Jr. Scientists series one involving crystals and the other involving making your own refracting telescope.

Crystal growing has long been a part of kids chemistry experiments. It is fun to watch the crystals grow over time and there have been plenty of kits available for crystal growing, but when we saw the Jr. Scientist version we had to give it a try!

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Salt Water Powered Vehicles

OK, so we’ve already mentioned having a Salt-Powered Robot and that is a fairly new product for us but it seems we have never mentioned some fairly popular Salt-Water Powered vehicles that we have actually carried for a couple of years. We are talking about the Salt Water Fuel Cell Car and its big brother the Salt Water Fuel Cell Monster Truck.

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New Classroom Chemistry Kits

Recently we have added a few classroom kits to our product line. These kits are meant for middle & high school classes, and cover a wide range of chemistry topics. Let’s start off with the  Food Chemistry Kit:

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Topics covered in this kit are detecting the presence of sugars, fats, starches. Chemical composition of milk. Quintity of Vitamin C, and much more. All materials are included except for the food to be tested (trust us, you didn’t want us shipping milk…)

Next up is the Flame Test and Spectroscopy kit:

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With this kit, one of the important chemical detection methods: spectroscopy is employed. Various test chemicals are provided, along with wire loops and a spectroscope. The only thing lacking is a bunsen burner. The kit has enough material for 50 students.

Veering into the field of Environmental Chemistry we now carry the Atmosphere is Crisis kit

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With this kit, students will create pollutants as well as employ methods to treat and remove them. The effects of pollutants on metals and plants is also covered. Its an excellent way to show how pollution effects our everyday lives. All items are included but an overhead projector will be required for some of the teacher’s transparencies.

Interested in more Classroom Chemistry Products?

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Electrophoresis Kits – Part 2 Time for the Classroom.

So in part 1 we introduced you to the new line of Electrophoresis Apparatus for use in lab or classroom.

Trouble is, an Electrophoresis Apparatus doesn’t do very much on its own. There are actually accessories needed to get it operational, and that is why for labs that are just getting into Electrophoresis. Some things, like the Agarose, is a consumable. Other items, such as the power supply, and a pipettor are crucial to electrophoresis. So several kits have been assembled to get all the hardware in place.

First is the EL-100 Demonstration Kit, this includes a EL-100 Electrophoresis Apparatus, Power Supply, Adjustable Volume Pipettor, and an Experiment Kit: Introduction to Electrophoresis

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For more serious work in the classroom, a classroom kit has been set up using the EL-600 Apparatus with its 6 gel trays – This classroom kit comes with two pipettors (50ul) 2 racks of pipettor tips, power supply and EL-600 Apparatus:

For full classroom experimentation, more than a single Electrophoresis Apparatus will be required, for that there are two stations set up to handle groups of 16 (dual Station) or 32 students (Four Stations).

The Dual stations come using either the EL-100 (each with single 7cm x 14cm trays) or EL-200 (with two 7cm x 7cm trays per apparatus).

The Dual stations include two electrophoresis apparatuses, a power supply, and 2 adjustable volume pipettors:

The Dual Station El-1oo and Dual Station El-200 can support up 16 students

The Four Station Electrophoresis Kits also come with the EL-100 or the EL-200

The Four Station Kits include 4 of the appropriate electrophoresis apparatuses, 2 power supplies, and 4 adjustable volume pipettors.

In part 3, we will discuss the classroom kits available.

Want to buy Electrophoresis & Biology Classroom equipment?

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New, Affordable Organic Chemistry Labware Sets.

Organic Chemistry lab sets have been around for a while. They are excellent sets for making limited quantities of various organic compounds.  Sets like our Macroscale Glass Chemistry Set are excellent for classroom and basic production. But these aren’t cheap. Although these sets are a bargain compared to some of the big labware producer’s sets, they are still a bit high for many folks trying to get equipment for the classroom.

Now a couple of sets are available that are much more affordable, the 9 piece Organic Chemistry Set and the Deluxe 16 piece Organic Chemistry Set, both from our regular glassware supplier United.

These kits, along with some basic lab equipment like stands and burners will allow students and experimenters to make small quantities of compounds. The essentials are covered with the 9 piece kit being suitable for preparations of up to 30g and the deluxe being suitable for preparations of up to 150g.

Both kits come in a sturdy, form-fitting case.

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U-Fizz! Carbonate almost anything!

There’s a new bit of chemistry in a pack and its name is U-Fizz! We’ve been waiting for this one to come along for a while now.

U-Fizz is the toy that can carbonate just about anything! you can carbonate flat soda, orange juice, tea, jello (we’re not so sure about the jello. All you need are a couple of 2 Liter soda bottles, some vinegar and baking soda, and of course the U-Fizz!

The reaction of vinegar & baking soda produces Carbon Dioxide, which when happening in one bottle will force carbonation into the other liquid (this is because the carbon dioxide takes up a lot of space.

Soon you have a bubbly beverage to enjoy! Its fun, educational, and tasty!

Want to buy U-fizz?

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Painless Learning Educational Placemats!

We’ve got a new line of products here at Spectrum – and its a product for the dinner table! We’ve added several products from the Painless Learning placemats. These are 17-1/2″ x 12″ heavily laminated placemats with detailed color fronts that give information on a wide variety of science & math subjects, the backs of the placemats are in black-and-white and can either be colored with dry erase markers or have a short quiz to see what kids using the placemats have learned!The placemats are economical at just $3.99 so you can buy a bunch and rotate them over a couple of weeks!

We have a lot of these placemats, so here is just a small sampling:

USA Map Placemat

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Be sure to check out the World Map Placemat as well.

There’s the Solar System Placemat:

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There is also the Stars & Constellations Placemat as well

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For more on some basic learning there is a Multiplication Tables Placemat.

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Be sure to also check out the Sign Language Placemat, Learning About Money Placemat, and Time to Tell Time Placemat.

For more science orientations there is the Periodic Table of Elements Placemat:

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Science placemats also include the Weather Placemat, Human Body Placemat as well as this Rocks & Minerals Placemat:

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We also have a Dinosaur Placemat (natch).

In all there are 15 different placemats to choose from! be sure to pick up some for your next meal!

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