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Exploratorium Store's Holiday Science Gift Guide - 2012

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August 31, 2012

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Exploratorium Store's Holiday Science Gift Guide - 2012

Science Gift Guide 2012
Top Holiday Picks from the Exploratorium Store

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Here are just some of the new gifts that go beyond the everyday, which the Exploratorium has come up with for the holidays.  Chosen by the staff at the Exploratorium, the global leader in informal science education, our round up of toys and gifts make science come alive in fun ways.  These items can be found at http://store.exploratorium.edu, or by calling (415) 528-4393 ext. 4, to place phone orders or check availability. All proceeds from items sold at the Exploratorium Store support the activities of the Exploratorium. Stop by often — in person or on the web — and take a little science and art from the Exploratorium home with you for the holidays.

Among the favorites are:

Make Your Own Snowglobe Kit - Create your own little world in a snow globe. Model figurines or a small scene — then add water, glitter and shake to make it snow! This kit contains: a plastic globe, Make and Bake polymer clay, a snow globe stand, glitter, EVA sheet and instructions. Recommended for ages 6+ years. $28.00

Lab Notes Necklace by Jen Lorang - Created specially for the Exploratorium, this lovely, handmade necklace is a mini embossed leather notebook with 20 pages. Crafted by Oakland artist Jen Lorang from recycled leather and hung with a gold-toned chain. This tiny lab book comes blank inside, for you to fill with observations close to your heart.  $35.00

Fuzzy Face Picture Frame - Give your mom a mustache, hang a mullet on you’re ex-boyfriend, or grow yourself some junior some sideburns. Simply insert any 4x6 photo into this heavy plastic frame and use the magnetic wand to 'paint' with the iron filings. A magnetic lock holds everything just the way you left it, until you decide to try again.  $20.95

Motors & Generators - Electric motors and generators are all around us in things we use every day.  With the Thames & Kosmos - Motors & Generators kit, you can conduct 25 experiments to learn how an electric motor converts electricity into motion — and that an electric generator does just the opposite, converting motion into electricity.  The electric motor is made of transparent plastic to show how the components work.  Experiment with magnets to learn about the force of magnetism.  Build simple circuits and learn about gears and drive-trains.  Includes full-color, 48 page manual with step-by-step instructions.  For ages 8+ years.  $31.95

Pi Pizza Cutter - Get ready now for the next Pi Day at the Exploratorium!  Like your pizza cut by a mathematical symbol? Got a pizza/math lover on your holiday list? The Pizza Pi Cutter helps serve up a true slice of genius with its double stainless steel blades. Just don’t be surprised when math geeks invite you over on March 14th.  $18.95

Exploratorium Solar Charger – Custom made for us, this solar charger comes with multitude of adaptors for re-charging your iPhone, iPod, iPad, pocket game players and more. Handy for camping and traveling to places where plug-in electrical outlets might be scarce.  $46.95

Bucky Ball Chromatics – One of the most popular items in our store, Buckyballs are now available in Chromatics, a line of rainbow of bright hues. These small, yet powerful, rare earth magnetic spheres (216 per cube) allow the builder to create an almost unlimited number of either simple or very complex forms.  But watch out, playing with Buckyballs can be addictive. Look for seasonally appropriate deep red and forest green on our shelves.  These look slick on an office desk. Not for small children, as the tiny, magnet balls can be a chocking hazard.  $41.95

Ant-0-Sphere 4 Pod Kit - The Ant-O-Sphere Pod Kits use a system of clear and red-colored pods to simulate an "above" and "underground" sensation for the ants, who relate red light to darkness. You can see them — but they won't be able to see you. For every pod, the upper half contains necessary ventilation holes, as well as a three-wall design that allows the ants to crawl suspended above the bottom half's contents. Magnifying lenses point at each corner so you can get a close-up look at how the pod's occupants are doing. The walls mimic real underground ant chambers, making it easier for your little friends to enjoy their new home.  Kit includes pods, tubing, legs and baseplates, O-rings and plugs, as well as tweezers, pipette, feed container and instruction booklet. Ants are ordered separately online. Good for ages 6+ years and up.  $26.99

Science Tarot Cards - Science Tarot is a creative science communication project that combines science, art and mythology into a tarot deck designed to engage and awaken people's curiosity about science and the natural world.  Using eye-catching art and the mythical structure of the tarot to illuminate scientific concepts, this deck was created by a group of scientists, artists and experienced tarot card readers. Instead of knights and kings, and cups or swords, their cards display images of mitochondria, neurotransmitters — and scientists like Darwin and even Frank Oppenheimer, founder and first director of the Exploratorium.  $24.95

Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Prism – This puzzle includes just enough wooden blocks to keep creative hands busy on the go, in a hip felt carry bag.  Innovative and beautiful, these colorfully tinted and polished wooden blocks come with a delightful secret hidden inside: magnets! The blocks stick together in a variety of configurations, making these puzzle kits an irresistible fidget toy for adults and kids alike. A travel toy that’s unlikely to lose pieces anywhere, Tegu puzzles are designed for safety and environmental sustainability. Suitable for ages 3+ and up.   $32.95

Illusionology Pop Up Book from Candlewick Press - Sleight of hand is the science of perception in action. Do you wonder how Harry Houdini performed his amazing escapes? Are you burning to learn the art of making a friend appear to levitate? Look closely, for the secrets of the world's most famous magicians and illusionists — from the ancient Egyptians through the early twentieth century "Handcuff King" himself — are contained within! More than a fascinating history of magic through the ages, Illusionology is an indispensable guide, unveiling step-by-step instructions for more than twenty-five astonishing feats. Master the classic cups-and-ball illusion, and mesmerize your friends with mindreading card tricks! Along with sundry flaps and booklets, readers will find props for their own sleight of hand, including: A magical "dematerializer"; A set of trick playing cards; A pair of "disappearing spot" paddles’; A "levitating" card!   $19.95

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