Thursday, January 03, 2008

What Happened to Chemistry Sets?

Wired Science from KCET PBS has a great story about the old-school chemistry set. Liability, and presumably some common sense, has removed from the toy store shelves such oxymoronic projects as "preparing a safe explosive". This story shows some of those old sets, and demonstrates the interesting and exciting world of chemistry that is available in a safe and controlled environment. Yet another reason to incorporate science into informal learning - it can be fun, but it may also need to be supervised.



Get more Wired Science at their website - I could really post dozens of their stories here. They are great!

1 comment:

Diane said...

I loved this -as did my PHD Bio-Chemist spouse of 30 ! The ceiling in his basement was still charred from the "experiments" from his old chemistry set. This lead him to full scholarships to Princeton and MIT ...go figure!