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

You have found the non-commercial, teacher-created 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:

One Penny One Minute Science Activity
When I was a kid I accidentally saw little dots in my vision when squinting in bright light. Later, I discovered that I was actually seeing stuff floating around in the fluid of my eye. Bob Colbertson told me a quick and easy way to see them.
Take a piece of aluminum foil—at least big enough to cover one eye—and crumple it up into a ball. Open it back up again. The wrinkles make tiny holes (use cheap foil, not the “heavy duty” kind). Hold right up to one eye; close the other eye and look at bright sky (but never look at the sun). A florescent light can work, too, if the hole is bright enough. It might take a little experimenting to see them. I find that that moving my head around slightly helps make them appear. I can also see them squinting through my eyelashes. Bob credits "Seeing the Light" by David R. Falk, Dieter R. Brill, David G. Stork and there is a fascinating article on floaters on Wikipedia.

Check Out the the Sciencetoymaker YouTube Favorites and Favorite Music

Eclectic, high quality. Lots of cool science in other people's videos. I guess you could say that the music is off-topic on a sciece project site, but it's just too good to ignore!

Young PJ Starts a Science Project Site

Years ago I started the sciencetoymaker.org website as a project for an html/webpage class (as you can see, I didn’t learn web design very well). On a good day the tracker would say I’d gotten 3 or 4 visitors in a day. Then The Exploratorium chose sciencetoymaker.org as one of its “10 best science websites” and suddenly I was getting hundreds of hits. People e-mailed with questions and suggestions. It was wonderful. Science project websites take a lot of work: research and development, making clear instructions, etc. It’s very encouraging to know that people are actually making the projects.
So I’m happy to pass on the favor. I’ve not met PJ; don’t know anything about him other than he is a high school student who lives in New York. I do know that any teenager who starts such a cool science project website when he is so young is likely to be the next Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye, and we get to see before everyone else catches on .http://www.householdscienceprojects.com

New Project: Easy to Build, Fun to Use and Learn About SPECTROSCOPE Working Model
I’ve been enjoying the rainbow-like spectrums of a spectroscope—the first I’ve made,--and it only required some cardboard and part of a CD or DVD. This is thanks to a simple design worked out and sent by Ilan Shimony, an inspired science/gifted teacher in Israel. Beyond the esthetic beauty of the colors, I experienced the aha moment—seeing the different spectral “fingerprints” –that itched scientific explorers to figure out what was going on inside the atoms that make elements. Spectrometry has many practical uses as well. See Ilan’s spectroscope directions 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: 2/1/14