Science Gift Guide: Top Holiday Picks from the Exploratorium Store
The Exploratorium is our family's favorite 'museum' in San Francisco; it moves from its current location at the Palace of Fine Arts to re-open on April 17, 2013 on the Embarcadero, overlooking the Bay in a 330,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space. Before it moves its exhibits, here is a list of gifts for this season, characterized by imaginative dedication and devotion to the scientific.
Pi Pizza Cutter
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 your ex-boyfriend, or grow yourself some junior some sideburns. Simply insert any 4×6 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
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