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Your child can't just have a liberal art education. He or she has GOT to have a little engineering fun to round things out!

Twinkle, Twinkle, little lab
How I'm glad that you I had
Clearly then, I must now git
A Thames & Kosmos Stirling Experiment Set!

Olivia put down the paper and looked up at Noah's deep blue eyes. How could she tell him his poetry was … awful????

Noah eagerly handed Olivia another page. "Wait, wait, this one's better. Try this one.

There once was an engine assembled
When I saw it it made me a'tremble
I set up the mirror,
And said "Hey, everyone! Come here or
You'll miss out on what my engine does!

Olivia looked at Noah's soft brown bangs and long eyelashes and said nothing.

"See," Noah said. "I switched it up at the end. Unexpected, right? That's where genius lies. Read this one too, go on, tell me what you think."

O Earth lab!
Thy's sustainable
When confronted with thy
Experiment guide
I am not to be complainable

Olivia bit her lip and considered how nicely Noah was dressed. Maybe he chose that shirt himself?

"One more, before you say anything, one more!" Noah had the biggest, most handsomest smile as he held out the last page.

Candy Lab? I need not thine
And yet? The candy I can make

"See?" said Noah. "I was playing with the form there too. My mom says it's pretty good. What do you think?"

Olivia counted to ten and waited for the bell. Maybe she wouldn't have to answer him, if she were lucky.

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Recommended Ages: 12 Years and Up

Choose from the following 3 kits:

Stirling Engine Car and Experiment Kit

Discover the Stirling engine, a simple, clean and efficient energy technology that is quickly becoming a viable source of electricity as the availability of fossil fuels declines. Like a steam engine, a Stirling engine is a heat engine that converts heat energy into mechanical work, usually to drive a generator that then converts the mechanical energy into electricity. Stirling engines are highly efficient, can operate very quietly, and can use many different sources of heat: combustion of fuels, nuclear fission, geothermal, or solar heat, as this model uses.

  • Exciting experiment kit teaches young scientists the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, solar power and how engines work
  • An innovative front-mounted Stirling engine with integrated generator produces electrical power
  • The Stirling engine can be heated with solar energy by using the parabolic mirror, or it can be heated with an alcohol burner
  • The home-made electricity is stored in a battery and used to drive the included electric car (battery not included)
  • The built-in meter can be used to take a reading of the electricity you have produced
  • The kit includes the charging station with a beta type Stirling engine, the electric car, and an educational, full-color 32-page manual

To learn more, view some sample pages of the manual


Sustainable Earth Lab Kit

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


Candy Creator Lab Kit

  • Inside this kit is a scientific candy wonderland including the special tools and recipes you need to make fifteen different types of candy
  • You can make molded chocolates, lollipops, gummy shapes, caramels, marshmallows and much, much more
  • Learn the science behind each candy as you progress through the experiments
  • Use the plastic molds, metal shape cutters, candy thermometer, spatula, dipping fork and various other tools to form and coat your candies
  • Finish them with foils, paper cups, sticks, wrappers, and labels
  • The 16-page illustrated book provides instructions, recipes and scientific explanations
  • This kit does not contain any food items - ingredients must be purchased separately, giving you control over the ingredients you use

Shipping Note: Eligible for shipping to all 50 states

Warranty: 90 Day Woot Limited Warranty


In the box:

(Choose your kit)

Thames & Kosmos Stirling Engine Car and Experiment Kit
Age Range: 12+
Additional Items Needed:

(1) AAA Ni-MH 500-mA Rechargeable Battery

(1) Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol

Warning: Only for use by experimenters over 12 years of age. Use only under strict supervision of adults who have familiarized themselves with the safety measures described in the experiment manual. Keep children and pets away from the experiment area. Parts of the Stirling engine can get very hot while in operation - do not burn yourself. Before pointing the generator toward the sun, or when refilling the alcohol burner, be absolutely sure to let the hot parts cool off. When adjusting the parabolic mirror, use the adjustment rod and never look directly into the sun (follow the instructions in the manual.)

Thames & Kosmos Stirling Engine Car and Experiment Kit includes:

  • (1) Parabolic Reflector
  • (1) Stirling Engine Module
  • (1) Electric Car
  • (1) Mirror Mount
  • (1) Base
  • (1) Cable
  • (1) Burner
  • (1) Meter
  • (1) Sighting Rod
  • (1) Pipette
  • (5) Screws
  • (1) Adaptor
  • (1) Manual


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


Thames and Kosmos Candy Creator Lab includes:

  • (1) Forked Tool
  • (1) Flat Stirring Tool
  • (1) Pick Tool
  • (1) Chocolate Egg Mold
  • (1) Small Shape Cutter, Flower
  • (1) Small Shape Cutter, Diamond
  • (1) Dipping Fork
  • (1) Set of Small Baking Cups
  • (1) Sugar Spatula
  • (1) Set of Sticks
  • (1) Candy Thermometer
  • (1) Gummy Candy Mold, Plastic
  • (1) Chocolate Mold, Plastic
  • (1) Set of Plastic Wrappers
  • (1) Set of Aluminum Foil Sheets
  • (3) Sticker Sheets


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