Einstein in a box – Mini Review part 1 – Rocket Science

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Einstein in a box is a new monthly service for aspiring scientists. Every month a shoebox sized box arrives full of items to complete lab projects detailed in the accompanying booklet.

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Here’s the description from their website:

“With a subscription to Einstein in a Box, you will receive boxes full of everything you need to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments for ages 8+. Because children are natural engineers, Einstein in a Box blends Scientific Inquiry and the Engineering Design Process which allows children to create ingenious inventions, enhance critical problem solving skills, and have FUN!”

My 11 year tested out December’s box which was Rocket projects from paper to balloon to foam.

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The balloon rocket project included a balloon, straw, tape, fishing line and clothespin – they even included a pair of small scissors and a measuring tape – and of course safety glasses. The advanced project includes a bag of paperclips.

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The paper rocket project needed tape and paper, ruler, straw measuring tape and pencil – and the eye protection and scissors. All included in the box.

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Conclusion: While perhaps the projects are ones you can find instructions for online – and the materials easy to come by – the value of having them arrive all arranged for the project at hand is high. Plus, the construct of the guide is very kid user friendly. The instructions were relatively easy to follow. The paper rocket had a number of steps and it did require a bit of figuring out. I also liked that there was room for further investigating experimenting that both left it up to the kids to decide what came next and also offered the next step (as in the paper clip weights.)

Having the box arrive in the mail makes it become an anticipated arrival and the burst of enthusiasm is great. Sure it’s a luxury product – much like buying something at the toy store. It’s well thought out and nicely designed. Our son has a 3 month subscription and January’s box has arrived full of Electric projects. I’m going to hold out on a final review until we’ve seen the 3 months… so I’ll post again when we tackle “It’s Electric!”.

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