WELCOME TO SCIENCE TOY MAKER

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

You have found the 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.

All science toys and projects:

 
SUPPORT THE PHYSICS BUS!
My friend Erik Herman does amazing things with science education—creative, effective and always on a shoestring. Now he’s outfitting a physics bus. I don’t even live in Ithaca, but I’m excited to become part of the crowd-funding. Interesting reading about it here.
  It’s surprising that walkalong flight—surfing a small glider on an invisible wave of air—is not more widely known in the science education community. Air-surfing is utterly engaging, fertile with science concepts, cheap, easy to learn and the perfect balance of theory/practice. After learning the basics, anybody can jump in and innovate new designs. Start here…

NEWS NOTE: AFTER A QUARTER CENTURY SCIENCETOYMAKER IS NO LONGER TEACHING
As much as I loved teaching, it’s time to let younger teachers--who can deal with bureaucracy and still have enough energy left to engage their students—to take charge. I’ll get my teaching fix from volunteering. And I hope at last to have the time to give this sadly neglected website the attention it needs. So check back from time to time and see what’s new.

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: 6/17/14