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Good but with some reservations
on 31 October 2014
As said in some of the previous reviews it is rather expensive for what is in the twin layer box. For the cost this is not great value example no splints are included they would have cost a few pence and the volume of chemicals included are minimal such as two small 3 cm strips of magnesium ribbon when a decent reel can be purchased for a few pounds. I get the point about not including hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, silver nitrate, ammonia solution since these are not good if they leak in the box or something gets broken in distribution. Many of the "additionally required materials" p 16 in the manual can be sourced from DIY stores if one checks the product labels and most can be purchased via Amazon however these items add another £40 or so to the cost.
333 experiments although experiment 1 is heating/boiling water in a test tube so I think this should have been better identified as techniques rather than experiment. However now being is possession of the additional materials the "house" is gradually working through the experiments and my 8 year old is enjoying the experience, experiments which of course are very closely supervised by an adult. No one should let children work through these with total attention from a responsible adult, concentrated HCL is not for kids to handle without serious risk of harm or damage to household fixtures and fittings.
The kit appears to be of good quality and the experiments are in the main fun and interesting and I would suggest fantastic support for the school curriculum.
Returning to my opening point the kit is expensive and for anyone with the time sourcing the equipment should otherwise not be too difficult or expensive. Flasks / conical flasks, beakers, test tubes can all be found for a few pounds hence only 4 stars given