The Thames and Kosmos Core Science Exploration Kit is a supplemental science kit for students entering grades 5 through 8. By performing the experiments in this kit and completing exercises in the accompanying workbook, kids will have fun while preparing for success in natural science courses in school. The content is correlated to the National Science Education Standards for middle school level physical and life science. The hands-on experiments enliven the learning process, adding powerful firsthand experiences to their science education. This is an effective way to not only teach important scientific concepts and knowledge, but also to foster an inquisitive attitude and a deep interest in the exploration of the world through science. Students will also gain familiarity with commonly used science terms, methods, and tools, preparing them for future studies.
Included in the kit, there are 45 topics with three experiments each: an easy introductory experiment, a more involved experiment, and a challenging experiment for more advanced students. In this way, the students are both encouraged and challenged. Some of the experiment topics include mass and volume, length and area, heat and temperature, the human body, chemical reactions, soil analysis, plants and seeds, the properties of water, light and lenses, refraction and reflection, pressure, flight, the phases of matter, density, buoyancy, force and motion, important properties of various chemicals, acids and bases, indicators, animal observations, optics, filtration, weather, rockets, electricity, batteries, circuits, and magnetism.
The full-color, 96-page experiment manual provides illustrated instructions and explanations, and the black-and-white, 48-page workbook guides students through each experiment and allows them to record their findings. Ages 10 and up.