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.

 

TUMBLEWING INVENTOR STARTS NATIONAL PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST

Most people know John Collins for smashing the paper airplane distance record--after all he's the Paper Airplane Guy. But I got to know John years ago because of his invention of an ingenious piece of flying elegance: the Tumbling Wing (AKA Tumblewing). It was a completely new kind of walkalong glider. You can see John's interview here, and you can just feel his passion for science and education. Now John is starting a worthwhile Kickstarter campaign to found a national contest and build the website. Having seen his commitment over the years, John Collins is the guy to make it happen--but it won't happen without our support, too.

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: 2/12/15