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:

 
GENERATE YOUR OWN DOLPHIN RINGS!
My friend Erik Herman does amazing things with science education—engaging, creative and effective. This is Erik's latest project. Instructions for making the Dolphin Ring Vortex Generator are here. Erik, a " junkie for physics phenomena," is also working to make a Physics Bus a reality. I'm proud to say that sciencetoymaker glider sales support the Physics Bus project.
 

WALKALONG GLIDERS IN BRAZIL!
Dr. Makarius Tahim, a Physics Professor, is not content to just dwell in the "ivory tower". He supplements his teaching with interesting curiosities. Then his students go to local high schools to help teach and establish a bridge to higher education. I like the way this video progresses. People get better at air surfing by the end. More about walkalong gliders/air surfing 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: 10/13/14