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Take on one of the most awesome forces of nature!
Follow along through three fascinating activities to build your own lava-blasting volcano, learn all kinds of amazing facts, and conduct an array of wild experiments, just like a real volcanologist.
Watch your volcano erupt over and over again. Learn all about how volcanoes are made and why they explode. Totally blow the science fair competition away with a project that actually blasts!
Part of the nationally recognized Great Explorations in Math and Science program, pioneered at UC Berkley's Lawrence Hall of Science, this kit is designed to inspire critical thinking, imagination, and exploration through interactive experiments.
Erupt with excitement for earth science. See just how fun it can be with the Scientific Explorer Lava-Blasting Volcano Kit!
Scientific Explorer Lava-Blasting Volcano Kit
Build a volcano and perform experiments
Encourages critical thinking, interest in earth science
Perfect for the science fair
Volcano can be erupted countless times
All parts included for building working volcano
Features 3 activities for learning
Part of the G.E.M.S. program, Great Explorations in Math & Science
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This was purchased for our 7-year-old daughter who LOVES science and nature. With this kit, you create the 'volcano' out of a plaster material and molds, and then you can mix the 'lava' and watch what happens. Watching the transformation of the colors of the volcano itself is almost as cool as the lava flow. It starts out as a plan plaster color, dries with neat brownish tones, then seems to get bleached when the lava flows over it. But overnight, the volcano turns into a spectacular sight with colors and textures.
The lava flow is easy to create and you can do it multiple times (until you run out of citric acid). We experimented with the amounts of each ingredient to see what effect it had, and the kids had a great time.
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I am a classroom teacher, so I needed something that I could use over and over again. Making the plaster cast was very easy and the way it dried was AMAZING! It looked like I hand painted it. There were variations in the brown colors and the greens that came out were gorgeous. The only disappointment came when the lava came out of the volcano. It just kind of oozed out and took off the beautiful finish on the plaster! I do have to say, though, when it dried overnight again, it dried with neat red streaks, so it doesn't look so bad. The kids (10-11 year olds) thought the volcano was neat to look at, but they wished it was more explosive.
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