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The Young Scientists Club

Experiment and Play With the Newest Science Kits and Games

Jamestown, RI (January 14, 2010) – Ever wonder what the mothers of little Albert Einstein [future Nobel Prize winner] or little Valerie Frizzle [future Magic School Bus teacher with the moniker Ms. Frizzle] gave to their brainy kids to satisfy their growing curiosity beyond their school lessons? They would have craved the award-winning collection of science kits created for budding (dare we say) Einsteins. The Young Scientists Club is delighted to announce its newest releases for 2010 with solar energy, animal tracking, and dinosaurs as themes.

The Young Scientists Club continuously wins the top toy industry awards, year after year, for their novel approach to science education. New for Spring 2010 are science kits to unlock the secrets of animal tracks, recreate global warming in a bottle, and design a diorama for dinosaurs! These new kits join dozens of best sellers that teach a wide range of topics and instill a love for science.

Harvard-educated Esther Novis founded The Young Scientists Club to fill a void of good quality science products for young children that would engage girls as well as boys in an exciting and positive manner. As a mom herself, she believed children should to be exposed to the exciting fields of science at an early age with fun and engaging hands-on games, activities, and experiments that are accompanied by age-appropriate information on specific science topics.

Here are this year’s introductions:

    Magic School Bus Solar Energy to the Rescue Magic School Bus Solar Energy to the Rescue • $19.99 • Ages 5+
    Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride with solar energy to the rescue. Young Scientists explore the greenhouse effect, collect real carbon dioxide, recreate global warming in a bottle, use a solar panel to spin a fan, make a solar secret code, design solar spinners, watch solar energy inflate balloons, and much, much more!

    In this kit you’ll:

    • Make solar spin art
    • Melt polar ice caps
    • Learn about the greenhouse effect
    • Make a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher
    • Make a fan spin
    • Store solar energy
    • Experiment with working solar panels
    • Collect carbon dioxide
    • Watch solar energy lift a bead
    • Recreate global warming in a bottle

    Magic School Bus Back in Time with the Dinosaurs Magic School Bus Back in Time with the Dinosaurs • $19.99 • Ages 5+
    On this school bus ride, Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists back in time with the dinosaurs through these marvelous experiments. Young Scientists create a timeline, design a diorama, build a wooden dinosaur replica, make cast and mold fossils, mold clay dinosaur teeth, simulate a dino dig, fold 3D dinosaurs, and much, much more!

    In this kit you’ll:

    • Make a cast fossil
    • Make a mold fossil
    • Make a trace fossil
    • Design a diorama
    • Mold clay dinosaur teeth
    • Dig a fossil
    • Build a dinosaur model
    • Fold 3D dinosaur
    • Create a timeline
    • Learn about cold-blooded animals

    Science on a Tracking Expedition Science on a Tracking Expedition • $29.99 • Ages 4+
    Young Scientists will learn about animal tracking through exciting hands-on science experiments and activities. Identify animal tracks, learn about the animals that make the tracks, cast animal tracks, play the tracking game, create animal track prints, design an animal track poster, and explore real animal tracks in nature. The eight realistic animal footprint molds, large colorful poster, and eighty animal game cards are some of the unique enclosed items that will inspire all Young Scientists to become animal track explorers!

    Some of the activities in this kit are:

    • Match animal footprints
    • Make casts of 8 animal tracks
    • Discover and collect animal tracks in nature
    • Analyze animal tracks and write a story that they tell
    • Paint your animal casts
    • Match animals to their tracks
    • Play the animal tracking game and learn about 40 cool animals and their tracks – 80 cards total
    • Colorful illustrated instruction manual

    Animal Tracks Animal Tracks • $14.99 • Ages 5+
    Here is not one but three traditional games with a science twist! Match the animals to their tracks while playing concentration, bingo, and guess the tracks games. This unique game is exciting, fun, and educational as players match cards of photographed animals to their tracks. Animal Tracks comes with 80 high quality and colorful cards, a plastic storage tray, and detailed instructions for three games. Best of all, it’s a fun series of games for everyone in the home.

    The game offers three styles of play:

    • Game 1: Concentration
    • Game 2: Bingo
    • Game 3: Guess the Tracks

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Esther Novis, a mother of five and a former Harvard-trained biologist, started The Young Scientists Club as a summer science camp for her then 5-year-old son. Friends from other parts of the country told Novis they wanted to duplicate her concept and the idea for a science subscription service was born! The subscription kits are now mailed monthly to thousands of children around the world and the company’s retail kits are sold in hundreds of specialty stores.

In addition to developing new products for The Young Scientists Club, this wise mom has many years of experience teaching at Phillips Academy, Andover and has written the science column for Parents Magazine plus wrote science experiments for the new science curriculum by McGraw-Hill Publishing. Visit the award-winning The Young Scientists Club at for more information.