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.

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I KNOW! THE PICTURE QUALITY AND AUDIO OF THIS VIDEO ARE DREADFUL...
...but if you can look past that you will see Ben Shedd's Academy Award winning 1978 short documentary Flight of the Gossamer Condor about the MacCready family's working out of human-powered flight. And at 21:35 you can see the beginning of walkalong flight! More about walkalong gliders/air surfing here and more about the history of walkalong flight here.To get the beautifully remastered DVD directly from Ben, click here.

 

WALKALONG GLIDING IN JAPAN!!!
I always caution people to be prepared before trying walkalong gliding with a group. There needs to be someone in charge who knows how to fly; calm air and emphatic cautions to handle the gliders very gently. So when people do all of that, the results are spectacular! This was their first time flying walkalong gliders at the USUI GAKUEN I'm ENGLISH SCHOOL summer English class (it involved science, too). They used ready-to-fly gliders from sciencetoymaker. Also a homage to Mr. Mitsuhiro Nagamatsu, who pioneered very thin foam gliders of whimsical designs.More about Walkalong Gliding here.

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: 3/5/15