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Guide to the Collection

All of our items are well–loved, but some are more popular than others. If you're curious about these items, or know that you'd like to use them in the future, we recommend putting a reservation on them, because they do go out a lot. If you'd like to use these items but aren't sure how, we're happy to help you figure it out.

You can search our catalog below. Note: In order to make a reservation, you will need to email sciencehouse@smm.org or (651) 221-4563. You cannot reserve items through the catalog.

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The Science House collection focuses on classroom sets of exciting hands-on materials for STEM teaching and learning, and items that individual schools or districts might not have easy access to.

Science House is full of other treasures. A few of our favorites include:

Gyotaku Fish Printing SetGyotaku Fish Printing
Set Everything you need to introduce an entire classroom to the art of gyotaku! Gyotaku is Japanese: gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing," a traditional form of fish printing or rubbing from the 19th century. Fishermen would use gyotaku to make a record of their catches. The kit contains: blue gill, carp, flounder, trout, perch, freshwater drum, six foam brayers, ink mixing trays, and complete instructions including the history of Gyotaku and background information on each fish. This kit can be used with any age group as a hands-on way to learn about different fish, with a corresponding art element.

Bottle Rocket LauncherBottle Rocket Launcher
With this solid, durable metal launcher equipped with a simple triggering mechanism, and using an ordinary bicycle pump, you can turn almost any plastic soda bottle into a rocket with water as the propellant. Students can vary the fin size and placement, vary the water level and air pressure, measure rocket altitude with the included paper astrolabe, and even loft a full-size soccer ball with this investigation of the conservation of action and reaction momentum.

Static GeneconStatic Genecon
Static Genecon is a great demonstration instrument designed to allow teachers and students to conduct a variety of electrostatic experiments. By simply rotating the Static Genecon handle, students can generate more than 10,000V of energy.

 

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