Sustainable Earth Lab and Crystals, Rocks & Minerals are the newest additions to a growing line of kids’ products created under the National Geographic brand.
Both science kits are 2010 recipients of the prestigious Parents Choice Award. Additionally, according to National Geographic, Sustainable Earth Lab has been named one of Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products of 2010, and has received a coveted spot on the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA) Best Toys for Kids list.
“Science is core to the mission of National Geographic, and these science kits encourage kids to have fun and learn more about the natural world,” said Krista Newberry, vice president of National Geographic Licensing.
National Geographic’s Sustainable Earth Lab gives young scientists the tools and information to learn firsthand about the environmental challenges facing our planet.[ Also Read: Social Network to Teach You Science ]
The kit is organized into five main sections: renewable energies, natural resource usage, climate change prevention, waste and water management, and energy conservation.
A full-color manual navigates kids along their journey, which includes constructing a miniature water treatment plant to learn how substances in unnatural concentrations can pollute habitats and harm life, exploring the causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect with carbon dioxide tests, building devices to explore renewable energy technology, and becoming an “energy detective” as kids track down wasteful uses of energy in their schools and homes.
It will target kids aged 8 and up at a retail price of $54.95.
Crystals, Rocks & Minerals delves deep into the Earth, taking an up-close look at the building blocks of our planet, with more than 18 different experiments.
Each kit contains all the materials needed to grow one’s own crystals, and continues to explore their fascinating composition and chemistry with three-dimensional geometric models of common crystal shapes and user-friendly explanations.
In addition, kids learn simple methods for studying and identifying rocks and minerals, using a collection of genuine samples to determine the chemical and physical properties such as luster, density, magnetic properties or iron content.
Through the experiments, kids can also investigate the geologic rock cycle and learn how the three main categories of rock — igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic — are formed, altered, destroyed and formed again.
It will also target kids aged 8 and up at a retail price of $49.95.
The Sustainable Earth Lab and Crystals, Rocks & Minerals science kits are available at www.ShopNG.com and select retailers.