Science Projects

Chicago Public Schools have their science fairs just before Thanksgiving. Many students are already submitting their ideas to their teachers. Suburban schools and private schools may hold their fairs on other dates and times of year.

American Science & Surplus has some unique science project ideas that your child just might enjoy.

American Science & Surplus
7410 N Lehigh Avenue
Niles, IL. 60714
888-SCIPLUS (888-724-7587)


Catch Some Rays
And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

$17.95 EACH

Soda Bottle Derby!
A boy, an empty plastic soda bottle, and a solar boat kit -- it takes you back to Great Grandpa making his own crystal radio. The Solar Bottle Boats™ kit comes with a 1.5-volt, 1/2-watt solar panel 4-1/4" x 1-5/8", a hobby motor, (2) types of propellers, assorted tape, tubing and wire nuts, and instructions for (3) different designs. You supply the empty soda pop bottles and a body of water.

$24.95 EACH

"It Feeds On Energy"
Not just the plot of a thousand science fiction movies, but the driving force behind this uber-nifty solar robot toy. Stands a deceptive 3-1/8" tall with a little sun-gathering mortarboard head, and toddles along while the sun shines. Buy (2) and race! Assorted colors. We'll pick for you.

$12.95 EACH

The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow...
Bet your bottom dollar it will. Be ready for it with this nice solar cell made of glass-enclosed copper indium diselenide. Measures 2-3/8" square x 3/32" thick and is rated for 4.5VDC at 50mA. Has (2) 1" long contact strips for output; the negative strip is marked. Made in the USA.

37731 4.5 VDC SOLAR CELL
$8.75 EACH

Here Comes The Sun…
The smart folks, like you, will capture it. Our best solar panel, and it's a beauty, measures 37-1/8" wide x 13-5/16" tall x 1-1/8" thick, with an anodized gold aluminum frame and protective corners. Usable in temperatures of -40°F to 140°F, made of amorphous silicon thin film, its initial power rating is 18 W (1.2A output at 15 V). Long-term stabilized power rating is 1A at 14.5W. Resin coated, with 8-foot pos and neg leads. Limited supply.

$169.50 EACH

Fair Weather Fountain
Couldn't be simpler. A small 6VDC submersible water pump lifts liquid approx 18" and runs off the 10-1/2" x 6-1/4" x 3/4" thick solar panel that's included. No storage battery, so…no sun, no fontana. But do you really care that your little fountain doesn't work in the rain? You're going to be inside anyway. The pump measures 2-5/8" long x 1-3/8" wide x 1-5/8" tall without the 7/8" x 1/4" ID output tube, and has rubber suction-cup feet. The solar panel has a 38" cord to mate with the pump, and a pair of sliding, 1/4" mounting nuts.

$49.95 EACH

Suck Out The Bad Air!
You say it's 235° inside your parked Deusenberg in Phoenix? You say your kid's sippy cup melted while you were in the video store? You need this solar-powered car ventilator. Hook it over a window, power the window up and let the sun activate the solar panel and run the 3" dia fan, which sucks the hot air out of the car and vents it outside.The whole thing measures 6" wide x 4-3/4" x 2-3/8", with a slim 1/4" x 1" x 6" long piece outside the window. Includes 1" wide weather-stripping to seal it. Act now and get a bonus foam car caddy to organize stuff in a cup-holder.

$9.95 EACH


It's A Little Windy
Actually, it's a little wind-powered generator kit, for those budding alternative-energy mavens in your house. The kit includes a DC motor/generator, (3) blades with an 11" span, a 9" tall stand, and an add-on circuit with a sound module and flashing and steady-state LEDs. Generator has an onboard storage battery that you can switch in or out. No soldering required, and young scientists can make alternative blades from paper or card stock as experiments in electricity production. Designed for ages 6 and up with adult supervision.

$49.95 EACH


Your New Hydrogen Ride
OK, you can't ride in it, but your gerbil can. From the excellent Thames and Kosmos® company, now comes this Fuel Cell Hydrogen Powered Car. You add (2) "AA" batteries to aid the electrolytic process, but after assembly and the right priming, the hydrogen cell will power this 8" x 5" open-frame vehicle. For ages 10 and up, the kit includes a detailed 16pp instruction booklet. Good for physics instruction and good for science projects. "Today the gerbil; tomorrow the whole family!"

93428 H CAR KIT
$99.95 EACH


Never Weaken
Good advice-and true of this dynamo torch. Actually a (3) LED flashlight, but we think the manufacturer had the Brits in mind when he named it. Has (3) LEDs and a switch that lights (1) or all (3) of them. Runs on an internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that you crank up-(1) minute of winding provides (30) minutes of light. (We read it on the box.) And it's a palm-sized cutie that has a very Voyage-to-the-Bottom-of-the-Sea look to it. A must for blackouts!

$7.95 EACH

Crank Up The Volume
In fact, crank up the power that runs this handy emergency/camping AM/FM radio, flashlight, siren combo. Runs off a hand-crank dynamo: 60 seconds of cranking gets you about 20 minutes of radio, 40 minutes of light, or a couple of minutes of siren. Runs on a rechargeable internal battery or (2) "AAA" batteries, included. Measures a 5-1/2" x 3-5/8" x 2-1/4" oval, with a pop-up handle, a 6" wrist strap, and an antenna.

$8.95 EACH


Experiments in Future Technics
Thames & Kosmos® offers Power House, an extraordinary introduction to regenerative energy sources and sustainable living. Young scientists age 12 and up use the components of the kit to build a model house and (20) other energy-related devices, learning about energy from the sun, wind, plants, and electrochemical reactions. Along the way, they cook a potato with sunlight, make fresh water from salt water, galvanize a nail and split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and much more. The 96-page, full-color manual integrates experiments and activities with an engaging story line. The kit carries The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and is the winner of a Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine. Very, very nice.

$139.95 EACH

Half Past Banana
Resist the urge to just plug the electrodes into a nectarine and tell people what a sweet little clock you have. Read the few enclosed pages of background material and the explanation of the electrochemical reaction in an organic battery, and stagger your fans with your brilliance. Schylling's Fruit-Powered Clock kit also includes a 2-1/4" x 1-1/4" LCD clock/calendar, leads, a jumper wire, a stand, and complete instructions. You supply the fresh fruit. (It also works with a potato. Ain't science wonderful?) A great teaching device for 8-year-olds and up. No soldering required.

$14.95 EACH

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