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Chemistry Lab by Science Mad Trends UK - A lab that any young scientist will adore
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- Over 100 experiments
- Safety tested
- Manufacturer's recommended age 10yrs +
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Trends Chemistry Lab Set Conduct your own real chemistry experiements with the Trends Chemistry Lab. The Trends Chemistry Lab is a science kit that consists of a collection of safe experiments to carry out using both the chemicals and equipment. The set comes with 20 assorted chemicals in plastic containers with safety caps, and 20 pieces of equiptment including a spirit burner, test tubes, beakers, a conical flask and adjustable safety goggles. A comprehensive chemistry lab instruction booklet and CD are included detailing over 100 experiments, many of which require further chemicals and household items which are listed. The Trends Chemistry Lab is perfect for science-mad boys and girls, encouraging learning and an interest in chemistry using a safe and tested set.
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I would definately recommend this item.
The experiments in the manual are well presented and let us explore an idea methodically and perform a few experiments around the subject - taking invisible inks from the lemon juice method exposed through heat to a starch based ink revealed by an iodine developing fluid we had to make first was fab, for instance.
The equipment isn't all that robust, but is much more realistic than in some kits (glass test tubes, beaker and stirrers which tolerate heating) and is easily complemented with odds and ends to extend the range of the experiments.
The only material we ran out of was copper sulphate and that was easily replaced for a few pounds from an online gardening supplier - I've read criticisms that there are a lot of extra materials required and while that's true, they are all items easily and cheaply accessed through a couple of visits to the pharmancy and a well known diy chain - and I guess the kit would be a LOT more expensive if they were in the box too.
Overall excellent product, complete and well supported with great documentation.
Just to set the background... The daughter is in year 4 and is pulling year 6 performance. I am a scientist and work in a university; I've had a chemistry set as (an utterly geeky) kid, which was real' fun, although some substances in it were literally lethal. Anyway.
A hundred experiments listed in the booklet are - for the most part - trivial and repetitive. Take the solubility part - you basically stick everything you've got into a test tube one by one and see how well it does. It all culminates with trying to dissolve black pepper (really?). Works out as half a dozen separate 'experiments', which is how it goes up to a hundred.
We played with it for an hour or so, enjoyed the novelty of the process if not the results, did the fun stuff and I leafed through the booklet trying to find something to keep the kid's interest going. Nope. It went back into the box and so far I don't think it's gonna come back out soon.
I don't know what your kids are like, but in our case it has to bang (preferably), fizz, change colour or at least smell funny, otherwise it's not proper science. Trying condiments for solubility just doesn't do it.Read more ›
Second, the miserly contents. You are provided with tiny quantities of chemicals, and unless you know where to obtain more supplies, you're going to run out after only a few experiments.
Third, the absence of essential items. You can't do most of the experiments unless you go shopping with a huge list of stuff which strangely aren't supplied in the box. Items not supplied include clay pot (?), methylated spirits, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulphate (Epsom Salts), hydrogen peroxide (!), tumeric, small bottles (you need to buy lots of these), wooden ice cream or lolly sticks, a small artist's paint-brush, a small mirror, nails, a wooden clothes peg, vitamin C tablets, spray starch (?) food dye, distilled water, sodium carbonate decahydrate, sodium suplphate (Glauber's salt), garden lime, etc etc. They could have at least made an effort to include some of these.
My daughter was excited when she first opened the box, we did a few of the easier experiments, but since then we've not touched the thing because we haven't had time to obtain all the extra ingredients.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivered as described. I haven't used this yet as it is present but on first Impressions it looks like the sort of thing my daughter is going to love.Published 1 month ago by Nicola
My daughter and I have had some fun with this kit. Although quite comprehensive, we did have to go out and purchase a lot of other ingredients (some quite elusive! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve
Good quality product, easy to use manual included; a gift greatly enjoyed by the recipient.Published 4 months ago by M.R.
Really good kit but quite complicated. Not a "fun" set, more educational and needs full adult supervisionPublished 4 months ago by krystabrooks
This is fantastic for the science enthusiast. My kid loves it. Lots to do.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great product for parents and kids to use together to investigate sciencePublished 5 months ago by Mrs. Jane Hodgkinson