Introducing Groovy Lab in a Box, the fun and exciting, hands-on science kit company that delivers right to your mailbox (by monthly subscription) everything your child needs to complete awesome and educational science projects and experiments!
Every science kit offered by Groovy Lab in a Box has been created to inspire in your child a genuine love of learning! Each kit has been designed by scientists and educators with the promotion of critical thinking in mind and utilizes the STEM method of education: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!
We were very honored recently to have received the kit, Here Comes the Sun which the folks at Groovy Lab in a Box so generously sent us to try out and review for you all! .
I’ll admit that I was very skeptical about the claim on their website that everything we needed would actually really be included in the box. True to their word however, I am delighted to say that our kit did come with everything necessary to make a solar air balloon, solar oven, and a conductivity tester.
In addition to the projects listed above, each kit also suggests completing an engineering design challenge and our kit was no exception. Our challenge was to imagine that we were on a deserted island and that we had to use only the contents of our kit to survive and be rescued!
I have to be honest and report to you all that we did not feel as if we were up to the challenge, at least not at this time, anyway! However, we can revisit the idea at a later date if we should ever decide we want to tackle this extra challenge in the future!
Solar Balloon Construction and Launch
*A word of caution when blowing up the solar balloon with a hair dryer. Do NOT use the hot or warm setting on your hair dryer to fill your balloon with air. We do not have a cool setting on our hair dryer so we used the warm setting instead and it melted the bag! As you’ll see in the videos below we finally resorted to using a mini fan which worked very well in filling our solar balloon with air!*
Solar Oven Construction
You may be tempted (as we were) to complete your projects by relying on the many detailed drawings in the instruction books and skip altogether carefully reading the written directions! Please don’t! In fact, you might even benefit by reading the instructions more than once.
As you can see in the Lab Book collage and the Solar Oven collage below, we mistook the picture of the cupcake tin to be the plastic bowl and the oven thermometer to be the cupcake tin. (We thought we were making different sized crayons!)
Had we actually READ the instructions, rather than just look at the pictures we would not have melted the plastic bowl in our solar oven thus necessitating the use of our own glass bowl in the conductivity tester project!
You can see that we tried to cook a little piece of hot dog in our oven! Our experiment was successful! We checked the contents of our oven about two hours after placing it in the sun. The crayons had melted and the piece of hot dog was thoroughly cooked !
Conductivity Tester Project
After reading this review and witnessing for yourself the completion of our fun and exciting solar projects I have no doubt that you just can’t wait to subscribe to or order your very own groovy science kits!
Currently, other than Here Comes the Sun, there are four other kits available to choose from online!
When Spring time rolls around why not check out Swing into Spring?
If your child likes to launch projectile “weapons” then Out to Launch might just be the perfect kit for him or her!
If your kid is into rocket science, I recommend the Parent’s Choice Award winning Lunar Launch!
Is your child fascinated by flight? Then the Fly With Me kit is just the ticket to get your child interested in studying more about aviation.
I would like to offer you a few final suggestions when considering choosing your Groovy Lab in a Box science kits:
1) The website states that each kit is for ages eight and older. However, If you are planning to just hand over the kits to your children, expecting them to be able complete all the projects and activities on their own without any parental assistance or supervision, I would suggest waiting until they are about age twelve or older.
2) I would not order, Here Comes the Sun, unless you live in an area that is blessed with a lot of sunny, cloudless and windless days. I believe that we would have had better results with our solar balloon if we had waited for a cloudless, windless day in which to do it. Unfortunately, we don’t very often have perfectly clear blue skies and non-windy days in our part of the world. Plus we were in a time crunch to get the projects done and this post published on time!
3) We did encounter one minor problem with our kit. It was nearly impossible to peel the end of the tape off of the tape dispenser that came with our kit. We easily rectified the situation by abandoning it altogether and used our own packaging tape instead.