December 01, 2008

Green Science Experiments Kits

Recycle Simple Items into Science Projects

November 30, 2008

Not Your Mama's Monopoly

Here are some variations on the traditional Monopoly game. Collect carbon credits, instead of cash, when you play Earthopoly. Match free-market against monopolists in the Anti-Monopoly game.

November 24, 2008

Flash 10!

We use Flash extensively at GalaxyGoo.


September 17, 2007


A Real Miniature Car, Powered by Hydrogen Fuel!


Young Artchitects

Young Architects

April 17, 2007

Kill A Watt

This is pretty cool! With this meter, you can monitor how much power your appliances use. This would be great for doing an experiment testing different lightbulbs, comparing a regular applience with an "energy star" version, and more.
Kill A Wat Electricity Usage Monitor - connect appliances to the Kill A Wattâ„¢, and it will assess how efficient they really are.

December 27, 2006

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae is a handy little book, with quirky and fun illustrations. The author, Matthew Watkins, was kind enough to donate a signed copy to Art Intersect Science a couple years ago.

Purchase from Amazon

December 09, 2006

Astroscan Telescope from Edmund Scientific

This is a great starting telescope, and has a very comfortable-round shape. Astroscan Telescope is a high-performance telescope that is easy-to-use, maintenance-free and completely portable.


A long time ago, there was a great store in Noe Valley called "Star Magic". It had all kinds of cool stuff in it, most of it to do with space and science (but not all). That's where I bought an Astroscan telescope as a gift for my husband and eventually discovered Edmund Scientifics. Years later, GalaxyGoo became an Edmund Scientifics affiliate, and we're now linking to one of their products: the Astroscan telescope. Funny how life travels these little circles and spirals.

December 02, 2006

Radio Receiver & Morse Code Kits

Up for a little time travel? Let's way go back to days of morse-code and the early "wireless". I haven't tried these kits yet, but they look very interesting: Radio Receivericon and Morse Code Kiticon The product description says that they're best for ages 10 and up. However, they also say, with adult supervision, they're good for ages 3 and up. Cool! Sounds like a family activity to me!

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Shape Scapes Sculpture Set

Shape Scapes Sculpture Seticon pieces have curvey shapes. Not your average construction set. While supposedly a kid's toy, it's also a nice desk toy.


Color Splash Camera

The Color Splash Cameraicon looks like a lot of fun. Retro and techy, at the same time.


Staple-Less Stapler

Cool little stocking-stuffer: Staple-Less Staplericon


Molecular & DNA Jewelry

This jewelry is based on molecular forms: DNAicon, Serotonin, and Dopamineicon.

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Lego: Imperial Star Destroyer

This is on the wishlist of more than one member of my family. What can I say? We like Star Wars and Legos.

Gift Certificates!

Gift certificates are great! Especially as gifts for kids' teachers!

Science & Tech:
Edmund Scientifics Gift Certificates

For the kitchen:
Sur La Table Gift Certificates
The Perfect Gift - A CHEFS Catalog Gift Card

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Leaps & Bounds Gift Certificates

November 28, 2006

Crystal Formation Domes

This is a really cool alternative to a snow globe. The crystals continually dissolve and reform, and you can direct their growth by positioning it upside-down, sideways, and more.

November 26, 2006

New Designs: fossils on dark shirts

We've added new designs, and long-sleeved shirts, to our CafePress shop. My favorite is the blue deinonychus fossils on brown for women, and on navy for men.

November 22, 2006

Hot Sauce Kit

In college, I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While there, I learned to appreciate a fine hot sauce...and the difference between red and green chili. I also learned that I prefer flavor intensity over hotness. That's probably why this Build your own Hot Sauce kit caught my attention.


November 12, 2006

Multi-Colored Glass Galileo Thermometer

Galileo discovered that as temperatures vary, a liquid's density also varies. The colored spheres in this column of clear liquid change positions with fluctuations in temperature. Much more interesting than your average thermometer.


November 11, 2006

Hand Boilers

Hand Boilers are looped and twisted glass sculptures containing a colored liquid that will "boil" as heat is transferred from your bare hand. Very cool!

Nebula Plasma Ball

Nebula Plasma Ball - Creates an amazing light show - and responds to touch on the glass sphere.

Tufte and Visualization

Edward Tufte is famous for his self-published books on visual communication and information design.
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His titles include

Envisioning Information from Amazon

November 01, 2006

Periodic Table Shower Curtain!

It's elemental...a shower curtain with the periodic table of elements!


Circuitboard Coasters

Cool coasters made from circuit boards! You don't have to be a geek to appreciate the beautiful patterns on a circuit board.


Giant Plush Microbes!

Phyllis pointed out these ultra-geeky plush toys. Who could resist them?


To keep away the real bugs, be sure to wash your hands frequently. ThinkGeek has a fun soap dispenser too!

October 31, 2006

Chocolate Chemistry T-Shirt

This design is based on our click-n-spell with the elements game. Chocolate is spelled out with symbols from the periodic table of elements.
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October 30, 2006

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0

Lego Mindstorms! This is at the very top of my 7-year-old's wish list. To be honest, I can't wait to play with it too!

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October 01, 2006

Deinonychus T-shirts

These Deinonychus fossils look like they're chasing each other around in a circle. Ah, the beauty of geometry and radial symmetry!


September 26, 2006

Coffee Cards

I love Peet's coffee, and I just had to order a test out the affiliate system. I'm loving the coffee! There's a Peet's over the hill from me, so paying for shipping is wasteful. But I still want to benefit GalaxyGoo. Happily, Peet's has a Card program, so I can just buy a reloadable card and benefit GalaxyGoo with my local purchase.

Are you lucky enough to have a Peet's nearby? Order, or reload, your own Peet's card through our affiliate link:

Peet's Coffee & Tea

September 06, 2006

Lava Lamps

I love my lava lamp! I can't imagine my office without it. This updated version has a metallic sheen to them, with the original hypnotic-organic-blobby movement.


August 17, 2006

Peet's Coffee!

Ahhh, Peet's coffee. yum!

Many say that Peet's is the best coffee in San Francisco, and now you can get some for yourself and support the educational projects at GalaxyGoo at the same time. GalaxyGoo has been approved as an affiliate of Peet's :-)

They have fair trade blends, so you have even more to feel good about while you caffinate.

Peet's Coffee & Tea

August 14, 2006


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Granted, these aren't exactly related to science, in any way...but they're so darn cute and geeky!

Spice Up your Kitchen with Chemistry


Add a little culinary alchemy to your kitchen with this fun rack of spice-filled test tubes. Enter 171008 into the Dean & DeLuca site search to find the rack. The large rack, with 40 tubes is item number 171009.