WELCOME TO SCIENCE TOY MAKER

Mysterious, Kinetic, Noisy, Do-It-Yourself Science Projects that Entice Scientific Investigation

You have found the non-commercial site for people who like to roll up their sleeves and make science toys and projects. You won't find slick, well-designed web pages here--more like the digital equivalent of a messy workshop. If you poke around, though, you'll find good stuff. Science toy maker is a resource for inspired kids, parents, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere. There are a few hard-to-find items for sale here and here, but all proceeds go directly to an education non-profit, the Physics Factory.

All science toys and projects:

 

MAKING HELICOPTERS, NO BATTERIES!
I have been working on windup helicopter designs for a year: one that you make the propeller out of a 2-liter bottle that goes much higher than tall trees (above); and an easier kind for young kids. Find out more here.

 

SCIENCE TOY FRAUD, $60 A POP! CONFIRMATION BIAS TREACHERY
There is a popular (and expensive) toy that purports to use brain waves to switch various tasks. This sort of thing has been done by researchers to help paralyzed people. But Wayne Schmidt , a retired rocket scientist, uses an elegant proof to show that there's something rotten in toy-land!

 

SCIENCE TOYS ARE INTERNATIONAL! Click here to see which countries people have visited from. Over 160 different countries so far. Since the time of the Renaissance enthusiastic science has crossed national borders.

Updated: 1/7/17