A Hundred Tiny Hands creates Inventor Kits for kids; the company is led by Michelle Khine, Ph.D., professor at the University of California, Irvine and co-founder of several biotech start-up companies. Kits available for pre-order.
"As a nanotechnology lab at the University of California, Irvine, we believe in the power of the small. We ask you to imagine the collective power of the little hands of our next generation of scientists, engineers, and inventors. We need to inspire, nurture, and guide these little hands to do great things."
Super Hydrotension Inventors Kit: Guide water droplets across forbidden territory and use them to clean dirty surfaces! Get your hands wet learning about water properties, surface tension, and relationships between nanotechnology and real life. You will also learn to make their own water-repelling tiles (they never get wet!). This kit includes a superhydrophobic tile (that never get wet!), patterned superhydrophobic mazes, a glass and plastic tile, a water dispenser, and manufacturing materials to make more superhydrophobic pieces. Play with the included tiles and create your own patterns using a marker.
Polytropolis Inventors Kit: Did you know you can make electrical circuits with conductive dough? Build your own Polytropolis city or whatever else you'd like and power it with electricity! Learning the fundamentalals of circuits and electricity has never been so easy! Game pieces are interchangeable and re-usable, allowing epic expansion of city layouts.
SuperVision Inventors Kit: Make your own optical lenses and add them to your cell phone for enhanced Super Vision! Learn about optics while finding the optimal magnification and field of view to hunt for the smallest features you can find, like the hair on a bug’s legs...or smaller! You are the engineer, making your own set of lenses and pairing them to your cell phone. You will receive 3 different sized molds, lens quality plastic, and manufacturing materials. Simply cut out the molds, add the optically clear plastic, secure the manufacturing materials, and place everything in your kitchen oven. In just 10 minutes, you will have 3 different sized lenses. Use the lens as a magnifying glass or turn your phone into a microscope. (For guaranteed success, the kit also comes with one pre-made lens!)
- Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
- Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
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