Remember when you were a kid and you had to make a project for the science fair. I hated that. Not science in general—I actually enjoyed both chemistry and biology (mostly chemistry because me and my buddies figured out what chemicals mixed to form explosives—and no, kiddies… I’m not listing which ones).
What I hated was that I HAD to participate. If memory serves there were potato batteries, hovercraft kits, and the inevitable kid who forgot his project and would show up with something lame, like a neon green rabbit’s foot key chain; then he would attempt to pass it off as an anatomy project. Loser. I can’t really remember what my projects were—but they weren’t much better than the stupid key chain. I always got a “C+.” I was too busy blowing stuff up to care.
You have to admit that when you think science fair, you think volcano. I never made one of those, and can’t quite remember what chemicals made them “erupt” oozing liquid out of the top. I want to say baking soda and vinegar.
Now I’m older and wiser—and want to try making a volcano. That’s why I’m glad I stumbled upon The National Geographic Earthqakes and Volcanoes Kit.
Krakatoa in a box
The cool thing about this kit is the sheer amount of activities it contains. Kids can build not one, but two erupting volcano models. Materials to construct a seismograph, a plate tectonics puzzle, and a globe are also included. A volcano quiz game and actual volcanic rocks are also included. Rounding out this educational package is a 32-page book chronicling earthquakes and volcanic eruptions throughout history.
Designed for kids ages 10 years and over, its definitely much less destructive than... well, a real volcano.
The National Geographic Earthquakes and Volcanoes Kit (under the new name Thames & Kosmos Earthquakes and Volcanoes Kit can be found at Amazon.