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Young Scientists Club The Young Scientists Club’s “Science on a Tracking Expedition Kit” Keeps Kids On Track With Nature

Jamestown, RI (October 5, 2010) – In a report just intercepted from the MythNet (a secret network used by myths and legends), Santa Claus has relocated his workshop to a new undisclosed location. The apparent reason for this surprise action was that a 7-year old child, using the brand new, award-winning Science on a Tracking Expedition kit from the Young Scientists Club to track a flying reindeer, stumbled on the original secret workshop location by mistake.

Despite the incredible work load that went into not only finding a new location, but then actually moving his magical workshop, reindeer, sleigh garage and the thousands of elf workers and their families, Santa maintained his jolly demeanor. According to Santa, “I think it’s wonderful that the Young Scientists Club created a product that not only teaches kids to track real animals, but magical animals as well! As a matter of fact, I’ve instructed my head elf to make an extra sled-load of these for this year’s Christmas run.”

As expected the Head Elf was not as cheery as Santa about either the relocation or the instruction to make the Tracking Expedition kits for more children. “Don’t get me wrong,” said the Head Elf. “I’m all for teaching children about animal tracking. I just don’t want to move again. I’m bushed. I got short legs.” Then, on another note, he added, “The relocation has gone smoothly so we don’t anticipate having any ‘shortfall’ of Christmas product this year.” A look inside the Science kit

For parents making their own list and checking it twice, this kit is available for $29.99 and recommended for children ages 4 and up. Science on a Tracking Expedition teaches children about animal tracking through exciting hands-on science experiments and activities. Chock full of games and activities, each kit teaches children to 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 80 animal game cards are some of the unique included 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

Santa’s not the only one who’s keen on Science on a Tracking Expedition. Toy industry award agencies also took note and awarded the kit with a prestigious Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold and a Creative Child Toy of the Year. Both award agencies claim that the 7-year old’s rumored discovery of Santa’s workshop was not a factor in naming the kit a winner.

Science on a Tracking Expedition In a follow-up to the original MythNet story, the child who unwittingly caused all the chaos agreed not to tell anyone the location of the original workshop. Further, in order to spare Santa Claus any potential embarrassment, the child willingly agreed to keep the entire incident a secret. Rumors that he was bribed with a lifetime of toys have been unsubstantiated. However, it has been revealed that his family is adding a special “toy” room to its home. Neither the child nor his family were available for comment.

Besides the Science on a Tracking Expedition kit, Santa instructed his Head Elf to build and stock the sleigh with bags full of Young Scientists Club’s other new 2010 kits. The head elf agreed but refused to deliver the Magic School Bus Back in Time with the Dinosaurs kit to the child who discovered the secret workshop. He reasoned, ”Hey, if that kid found us, what’s to stop him from bringing back a T-Rex someday!” Santa agreed with the Head Elf, then shot a wink to the reporter who was covering the workshop move. Kids everywhere can watch for these other three great kits:

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 children will:

  • 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

Parents will be pleased to learn that this kit is winner of a Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal and a Creative Child Preferred Choice Award.

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

This family-friendly game is the winner of a Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award.

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 children will:

  • 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 animal

Magic School Bus Back in Time with the Dinosaurs won a Creative Child Seal of Excellence in 2010. No word yet on being able to bring back a T-Rex, though we know what Santa’s head elf thinks.

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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.