xynix: Heath Kits
FishyFred: xynix: Heath KitsIf you are as well off as you always say you are, I smell a business opportunity.
Leeds: I used my chem set to declare war on the local ant populations.It's amazing how many more ants you can kill with biological attacks when compared to conventional concentrated light-based weaponry.
Diogenes: There are still places to get cool and real science stuff for your kids. Hell, I still order from this place, and Mom still peruses the catalog when Christmas shopping for me.Scientifics
MilesTeg: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x375] Still have somewhere...
Diogenes: MilesTeg: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x375] Still have somewhere...I LOVED mine. Dad was an electrical engineer and got me started with a solid foundation. Best thing Radio Shack ever made.
Tr0mBoNe: I was more in to lego, meccano, and making rockets.Yes, I am an engineer now.
the_sidewinder: Found a pic:
Absurdity: We are planning on getting some litmus paper so she can test things around the house.
Somaticasual: The problem with modern chemistry sets is that, through the years of idiotic media scares, they're down to about 5 or 6 ridiculously boring experiments.
markie_farkie: Last Christmas I bought my nephews some "chemistry sets" which turned out to contain vinegar, salt, sugar, and some food coloring. I told them they could make cucumber salad dressing if they really felt ambitious..
Diogenes: Diogenes: MilesTeg: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x375] Still have somewhere...I LOVED mine. Dad was an electrical engineer and got me started with a solid foundation. Best thing Radio Shack ever made.OK, that and my Trash 80.
FishyFred: step up and pay teachers what they are worth
pottie: After that they gave me a Heath Kit that allowed me to build a tube type stereo amplifier.
Mr. Coffee Nerves: Posting in the correct thread - how hard can it be?
xynix: FishyFred: xynix: Heath KitsIf you are as well off as you always say you are, I smell a business opportunity.I wish.. that requires engaged parents. Parents that don't park their kid somewhere in order to get them out of their hair for awhile. I don't see enough of that going on now.. I see a lot of people parking their kinds in front of a computer.Of course that's not universal .. but I don't see a huge market demand for learning toys that require parental involvement.
ltdanman44: [www.otrcat.com image 550x547]Let's bring this one back
Beta Tested: Pick up Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't if you don't want to bother with neutered home chemistry sets.
FishyFred: Trying to popularize chemistry sets again can't hurt, but if you really want to make science cool again, step up and pay teachers what they are worth and stop letting gym teachers double as science teachers so they can "teach the controversy."
kroonermanblack: Tr0mBoNe: I was more in to lego, meccano, and making rockets.Yes, I am an engineer now.Lego, and the build an electric thing that was all hex plastic bubbles and drive trains and wheels.I'm...not an engineer now. Damnit. There goes that self confidence and self image again. JERK?
exparrot: Just bought my son a 'Getting started with Arduino' kit at the Maker Faire a few weeks ago.Since then we visited the Hoboken hackerspace, learned how to solder, and are going to make a arduino project that makes a programmable video game that attaches to a TV.That is the new heathkit.
xynix: There are a couple things that I would love to teach my son but are no longer available. Of course the chemistry set but also Heath Kits that my dad used to buy for me when I was a kid. As a result of building Heath Kits I can fix just about anything electric in my house. An example would be the Samsung flatscreen I have. It had two blown capacitors causing it to not power on and I replaced them for $4 in parts. The TV shop wanted $150 to fix it.. Another would be the controller on my stove which had a blown cap and I replaced it with one from an old DVD player for free. The replacement part from Whirlpool was $185.
redsquid: Arduino is an awesome way to get them hooked quickly. With the short attention spans of kids today it's nice to have quick results without too much of a learning curve. It's a great time to be a geek!
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