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Learning with the Tech Light Lab giveaway {closed}

My son River is a self-professed tech-geek (Is that one in the same?), which I think is totally cool. Because of his interests, that means we get to do a lot of really fun (and sometimes not so fun) experiments. Tech Light Lab by Edmund Scientifics is one of those really cool and fun experiments that we got to do.

 

Tech Light Lab

Actually, the lab is composed of 10 experiments (activities), so we got to do many fun experiments in one sitting. Yes, he did all 10 at one time.

The activities allow your child to learn more about light and how it responds when the use of tools like mirrors and lenses and materials like clear white paper and foil are combined. They get to see light bend, blend and bounce, which is pretty amazing when you put color to the light.

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The lab kit comes with a set of three LED lights (red, blue and green); white LED light; set of three lenses (concave, convex and trapezoid); diffraction grating; two mirrors with stand; and a guide featuring 10 fun educational activities.

Other supplies that you need, but are common household items, are plain white paper; tape; crayons, markers or colored pencils; index cards; aluminum foil; waxed paper; and a clear plastic cup, We had everything on-hand except the index cards, so we substituted cardstock and cut it to size.

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The lab also includes an activity guide that walks the student through each activity. Students can work through the activities in order or pick and choose which ones to complete. You could even give your child one activity a week to complete and write about as a weekly science project if his anticipation of working through them can be held off.

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The activities are geared towards children ages eight through 12, which is accurately suggested. I will say that if you have a younger child, who can read and is scientifically inclined, then he may also enjoy working through the activities independently.

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One of the aspects of the Tech Light Lab activities that I like is that there is nothing dangerous being used by your “scientist,” so he can “have-at-it,” learn and have fun without you having to stand by or closely monitor what he is doing. Of course, I hung around, because I wanted to see some of the fascinating light effects.

Despite the light that was everywhere in our house, even after closing curtains and blinds, we were able to complete most of the activities and see the different effects. I will say that you will get better results from the activities if you are in a dark room or if you complete the activities at night.

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As I said, River is part human, part tech-geek, so, of course, he came up with some experiments of his own using the Tech Light Lab kit, which this kit is bound to inspire in your child too.

The Tech Light Lab kit is available for $49.95 and may be purchased directly from Edmund Scientifics.

Edmund Scientifics creates unusual gifts, demonstrations, science activities and toys for people world-wide. You may visit Edmund Scientifics to see the variety of products they carry which may spur your children to a deeper investigation of scientific concepts!  And the holidays are coming!  And, if you are like me, I love giving educational, yet FUN, gifts… this one certainly qualifies!

Buy it:

You can purchase the Tech Light Lab Kit from Edmund Scientifics for $49.95.  Edmund is graciously offering HHM readers an exclusive gift of a 3 piece magnifier set just for ordering the Tech Light Lab.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order to receive this exclusive gift, you must put the Tech Light Lab AND the 3 piece magnifier set in your cart, and then enter the promotional code HHMSAA.  Only one promotional code may be used with each order.  Offer good through 10/26/2013.  These promotions cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Win it:

One lucky reader will receive one Tech Light Lab Kit from Edmund Scientifics.  Enter below.

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About the author

Jennifer

Jennifer now lives in Small Town, USA, but will always remain a California girl. She is a Christian, wife and homeschool mother of three children (a.k.a. the ‘Wild Bunch’). Jennifer is a writer, who enjoys reading, running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures (just ask her children). She is also a lover of food and can be found in her kitchen whipping up something delicious and vegetarian. Oh, she never forgets dessert. You may find her writing at her personal blog, Milk & Honey Mommy and for West Tennessee families at Kid Madison, a blog for kids, teens and families and at Homeschool Roster, a listing of events and news for homeschoolers.

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  • We have never done any experimentation with lights. I love that this is safe and the kids can experiment on their own freely.

    We would use this as part of our science but I believe my geeky children would play with this like a toy whenever permitted!

  • This looks like so much fun! Could it be educational too? (wink, wink) 😉
    We have not actually studied light in our homeschool. I could see using this in tandem with a Space unit study we have. Never thought about connecting that with a light study, but would work nicely. My techno-minded son would love this!

  • I am not one into science, but my kids are so this would be a great thing for them. They can do it all by themselves and that would free me up to prep or correct papers.

  • We have studied a little bit, haven’t done any experiments…would love to win this so we could! Thanks! 🙂

  • Last year my children were able to participate in the D4K tv show with our local pbs regarding light and its properties. This would be a fantastic review of everything they learned.

  • We haven’t studied the properties of light yet, mostly because I didn’t feel like I had all of the materials to do so. I would love to win this kit!

  • We have investigated light using prisms in a formal setting. My children love light and this would be great to study this time of year as the nights are getting longer! They would love to see light bend around a corner…so many great experiments. Edmund Scientific makes some great products. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • We have studied light but not done any experiments like these. It looks like so much fun! I know my kids would love it.

  • We studied light a long time ago once… used water in a glass I think… with the sunlight coming through it. But I need all the help I can get when it comes to science, so this looks great!

  • We haven’t done light experiments yet. But this looks like something that we could really enjoy and get a lot of use out of. My youngest learns way more through science experiment kits than he does just reading a book. Very hands on learner he is.

  • I would LOVE to win this kit for my son! He is 8 yrs old and in 3rd grade and LOVES science and lasers!!! He would have TONS of fun doing these experiments!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!!
    Christina 🙂

  • We have studied light a little bit but could only do so much with natural light and flashlights. This would be awesome to give a visual to my visual learner and hands-on learner children. 🙂

  • We have not learned about light yet, but would like to cover it this year. My kids love experiments and science kits! They like to try all of the experiments multiple times, then explore with them on there own.

  • We have not experimented with light, this would certainly be a great experiment to do with all four of our kids 🙂

  • We have not yet experimented with light. I like that the experiments are safe and child-led. I think we could very easily work this into our science lesson. It might even lead to a nice unit study!

  • Looks like a lot of fun and educational – my favorite combination! My kids LOVE to do experiments, so they would love to get their hands on this 🙂

  • We learned some basics of light and how it works. We are unschoolers so it’s dealt with as they ask questions. My youngest would LOVE this kit, she’s a little scientist at heart!

  • We haven’t studied the properties of light anytime recently, although my husband loves to teach the color wheel of light (versus the usual one).

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