Smarty Pants

Super annoying today. Keeping the world from exploding tomorrow.

It was career day at Jake's school, and the teacher was going around to every kid and asking them what they wanted to be when they grew up.

So far there were two princesses, three super heroes, an astronaut, a homemaker, a waste management professional and a fireman.

Next up was a kid named Phillip. Phillip was the smartest kid in the class, but also the most annoying.

"When I grow up, I want to be an Energy Detective so that I can track down wasteful uses of energy both in the home and in places like schools and businesses."

Jake rolled his eyes. Everyone else groaned.

"That's … very interesting, Phillip," said the teacher. "Where did you hear about this profession?"

The entire class groaned again.

"I'm very glad you asked that, Mrs. Parks," said Phillip. "I was recently gifted a Thames and Kosmos Sustainable Earth Lab for my birthday, and it has been both an eye-opening experience and an educational delight."

"That's very nice, Phillip," said Mrs. Parks. "Now how about you, Thomas? What would you like to be when-"

But she was interrupted by Phillip who continued, "It included a total of 40 fun experiments, all of which I have already completed. I constructed a mini water treatment plant to demonstrate how unnatural concentrations of certain substances can pollute habitats."

"Yes, that's very impressive, Phillip. But now it's Thomas's turn to-"

"I also manufactured recycled paper and plastic, and then explored the causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect."

"Great, Phillip. Thank you for-"

"And I even built some devices to explore wind, water and active versus passive solar power."

"THAT'S ENOUGH, PHILLIP!" yelled Mrs. Parks. When she realized she had raised her voice, she quickly cleared her throat and started again. "That's … what I mean to say, Phillip, is that we need to move on to the next student. But perhaps you could bring in your biosphere thing-a-ma-jig for show-and-tell next week?"

Phillip loved the idea and smiled. The rest of the class groaned.

"OK, Thomas. Your turn. What would you like to be when you grow up?"

When Thomas realized the entire class was looking at him, he quickly removed his finger from his nose.

"Uh … I dunno. I guess a brain surgeon or something."

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Recommended Ages: 8+ Years

The kit is organized into five main sections: renewable energies, natural resource usage, climate change prevention, waste and water management, and energy conservation. Exploring these topics by doing hands-on experiments and seeing real results helps young scientists attain a solid grounding in these often abstract and intangible concepts

  • Includes a total of 40 fun and educational experiments
  • Construct a miniature water treatment plant and learn how substances in unnatural concentrations can pollute habitats and harm life
  • Manufacture recycled paper and plastic
  • Get an understanding of the rapid growth in world population
  • Explore the causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect with carbon dioxide tests
  • Experiment with heat transfer and insulation
  • Build devices to explore wind power, water power, and passive and active solar power technology
  • Become an “energy detective” and track down wasteful uses of energy at school and in your home
  • The full-color, 48-page manual guides your experiments and energy conservation activities

Shipping Note: Eligible for shipping to all 50 states

Warranty: 1 Year Thames and Kosmos


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Thames and Kosmos Sustainable Earth Lab includes:

  • (1) Die-Cut Cardboard
  • (1) Paper Sheet
  • (1) Thermometer
  • (1) Motor
  • (1) Solar Cell
  • (1) Compass
  • (1) Magnifying Lens
  • (1) Impeller Wheel
  • (1) Drive Axle
  • (1) Wooden Stick
  • (1) Aluminum Cup
  • (1) Clothespin
  • (1) Water Filter Column
  • (1) Bag of Garden Cress Seeds
  • (1) Petri Dish
  • (1) Thick Copper Wire
  • (1) Ice Cube Tray
  • (1) Measuring Cup
  • (1) Balloon
  • (1) Fabric Netting
  • (1) Funnel
  • (1) Black Paper
  • (1) White Paper
  • (1) Battery Clip
  • (1) Spool of Wire
  • (1) Sandpaper
  • (1) Drinking Straw
  • (1) Polystyrene Disk
  • (1) 48-Page Experiment Guide
  • Additional items needed include common food ingredients, office supplies, and kitchen utensils

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