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Foam Store is Open

These are exciting times! On one hand our foam sheets are much better than ever before: 45% thicker without any added weight. The sheets and gliders are still thin, but it's not like handling soap bubbles anymore! On the other hand, the instructions for making the gliders have not kept up. Better directions are in the pipeline. So if you have flight experience or are a repeat customer, I think you'll love the new foam sheets for making gliders. If you are new to flight, then you might want to stick to ready-to-fly gliders--which are better than ever--until I can finish the new instructions. GOOD CHANGES COMING SOON!

Securing the future of Avian

Dr. Tim Swait is a UK aerospace and composite materials engineer as well as a passionate hang glider pilot. At events he uses sciencetoymaker.org walkalong gliders to interest young people because both walkalong and hang gliders levitate the same way. Now Tim wants to secure the future of the UK’s only hang gliding manufacturer. Check out his amazing video and check out walkalong gliders at sciencetoymaker.org. 

Ramp Walkers by Doc Mécano

Doc Mécano, AKA Philippe Moisan from Québec City, is a master of other-worldly ramp walkers and other mechanical toys. He works to interest kids in science and tools through programs in schools and libraries. I thought ramp walkers would be very hard, but he says simple ones can be made from common bendable materials.  Check out his other videos, too.

The Passing of an Extraordinary Science Educator


I learned so much from the Science Online videos and I'm sad that the force behind them--Wayne Campbell--has passed. My favorites are the historical invention ones such as Faraday's first electric motor and Bell's photophone. Wayne did not just talk about them; he showed us how to make them! All of his videos are treasures.