The Incredible Chemistry Set on Kickstarter

Cory James Marriott is Kickstarting a cool $600 chemistry set. The examples on the video of glowing liquids, colored flames, color changing liquids, and weird crystals are the kinds of things kids hope and expect when they are given a crappy modern-day chemistry set, only to be disappointed to find out it contains not much more than a baggie of salt, a plastic eyedropper, and a pair of safety goggles.

The Chemistry Set includes the glassware, chemicals, and lab apparatus necessary to perform the most interesting and exciting chemical reactions. We have spent months researching the most fascinating reactions to include in the set. All of this research has been compiled in our Experiments Book. This book includes procedures for 40 experiments. The set, along with the book, will enable you to carry out these experiments. Please keep in mind that some of the experiments require chemicals and items that cannot be shipped (such as dry ice, acid, strawberries, etc...) Also included in the set are selected physics experiments (magnetism & electricity).

Many chemistry sets fail to include exciting reactions. Our Experiments Book is packed with the best experiments that science has to offer. Below is a list of a few chemical experiments that will be included. The set includes the chemicals needed to perform these experiments (and many more):

  • Iodine Clock Reaction
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Traffic Light Reaction
  • Blue Bottle Experiment
  • Chemical Garden
  • Color Flame Test
  • Endothermic Reaction
  • Exothermic Reaction
  • Copper Sulfate Crystals
  • Potassium Permanganate and Glycerin
  • Acid & Metal Reaction
  • Calcium & Water
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition
  • Sodium Acetate Crystallization
  • Red Cabbage pH Indicator
  • Sodium Hydroxide Titration

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  1. I don't have the loot for this.

    But I wish I did.

  2. Some lawyer somewhere is rubbing his hands with glee.

  3. This is a great idea, and although a bit too pricey for me to justify, I couldn't agree more with the premise. Vinegar and sodium bicarbonate does not a chemistry set make.

    The Internet has been a great substitute though. I've been able to buy all sorts of chemicals to teach my kids the joys of chemistry, although purchases for some of the more exothermic reactions mean I'm almost certainly on a watch list. That ability to search and buy chemicals, along with "edutainment" YouTube channels (like 'King of Random') have meant if you have some basic chemistry, it's relatively simple to DIY fun experiments and still teach something.

    At one point Mr 10 yo showed his teacher his own YouTube vid about the two us making thermite and liquefying an aluminium frying pan. The looks I've got ever since have been well worth the price of admission.

  4. As a kid the main thing I hoped for in chemistry kits was pure Na, which you could get in wax sealed stoppered vials.

    My grandfather was a chemical engineer for Kodak and Xerox and he'd get me stuff like that, mercury, ammonia nitrate, potassium nitrate, sodium cyanide, uranium dust, radium, etc. The kind of stuff you probably get on a watch list for even mentioning in a comment on the internet these days...~sighs~

    Of course if I was going to have any of that stuff then I had to learn to blow my own glass lab ware and handle it properly. He was old school, and where I got my smarts from. Born in a time and house with no electricity, indoor plumbing, cars, phones, radio, tv, computers, etc. he was programming computers in his older years. It takes a supple mind to adapt to that world shifting level of change in your lifetime. I miss that man.

    Kodak actually had their OWN working nuclear reactor on site...super cool...

    Golden age of home chemistry kits:

  5. Last weekend I staffed a booth at the Salem Mini Maker Faire. Which was quiet and unremarkable, but for the setting: A kiddie science museum founded by the Gilbert estate.

    Gilbert popularized Erector sets, had a line of toy trains, and apropos this discussion, some wicked chemistry sets.

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