Discovery Kits

Meet Our Discovery Kits! In 2016, the Youth Services Department received a grant from IEEE, Chicago Section to create a new collection of circulating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) materials. We call our collection Discovery Kits, and they'll allow you and your child to learn, play, and discover all sorts of things. Whether it's learning math from playing Free Range Fractions to building while learning about shapes, Discovery Kits are a fun way to expand your knowledge at home. 


Discovery Kits empower kids to see themselves as scientists, engineers, creators, and makers. Inspired by both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the Maker Movement, each Discovery Kit includes a hands-on-experience to encourage curiosity, learning, and experimentation.
 

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Fossil Kit

Great for kids ages 8 and older.

This kit is perfect for introducing kids to organisms that existed more than 400 millions years ago!

This Discovery Kit inludes a Fossil Identification Guide, Fossil Kit, a Geological Time Scale Sheet, and two Fossil Books.

Human Torso

Great for kids ages 6 and older.

Kids can gain a deeper understanding of how human organs and systems interact by manipulating realistic pretend ones!

This Discovery Kit inludes a Human Torso Model Kit, and a Human Anatomy Book.

Insectmania

Great for kids ages 3 and older.

Get an up-close look at real insects! 

This Discovery Kit includes an Insect kit, three magnifying glasses, a set of 4 butterfly life cycle figures and a Bug Book. 

Gears

Great for kids ages 4 and older.

Snap Gears pieces together to create a moveable jungle. Meanwhile, kids learn about cause and effect and engineering fundamentals!

This Discovery Kit includes a Movin' Monkeys building set, Instruction guide, and a Gears Book. 

KEVA Brain Builders

Great for kids ages 6 and older.

KEVA teaches a basic understanding of physics and engineering concepts. Turn 2-Dimensional diagrams into 3-dimensional projects using building blocks. Put your 3D imagination to the test! 

This Discovery Kit includes 75 building blocks,  50 Challenge Cards, and two books.

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Magna Tiles

Great for kids ages 2 and older.

This 3D magnetic building sets that engage young minds by fusing together math, science and creativity. Sparks hours of imaginative free play for children! 

This Discovery Kit includes 28 Magna Tiles, a Creative guide, and a book.

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Snap Circuits Beginner

Great for kids ages 5 and older.

This hands-on activity contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices!

This Discovery Kit includes Snap Circuit Beginners kit, Instruction Manual, and a book.

Snap Circuits Jr.

Great for kids ages 6 and older.

Learn about electronics by snapping together projects!

This Discovery Kit includes Snap Circuit Beginners kit, Instruction Manual, and a book.

Snap Rover

Great for kids ages 8 and older.

Build a remote control space vehicle by snapping together building pieces-and learning about electronics along the way!

This Discovery Kit includes Snap Rover Kit, Instruction Manual, and a book.

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Botley 2.0

Great for kids ages 5 and older.

Meet Botley 2.0 The Coding Robot! Botley 2.0 helps kids as young as 5 learn to code through 100% screen-free play. Code right out of the kit-code by color, make Botley Move in six directions, and even put on a light show! 

This Discovery Kit includes Botley 2.0, an Instruction Manual, and a book. 

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Ozobot

Great for kids 6 and older.

Art meets tech with Ozobot, the bot you code with colors. Color Codes are short sequences, made with markers or stickers, that command Bit to speed up, spin, zig zag, and more! These tools introduce ages 6 and up to basic coding concepts. 

This Discovery Kit includes Ozobot, Charger, Instruction guide, a set of Ozobot Markers and Sharpies, and 2 books.

Turing Tumble

Great for kids ages 8 and older.

Build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles! 

This Discovery kit includes the Turing Tumble, and two books. 

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Littlebits

Great for kids ages 8 and older.

LittleBits allows creators to create more complex and intricate projects! 

This Disovery Kit inludes the Littlebits Kit, Intruction Manual, and a book. 

Makey Makey

Great for kids ages 8 and older.

Makey Makey is an invention kit that will bring creativity in unique and fun ways. With thousands of possibilies to build! 

This Discovery Kit includes the Makey Makey kit, Instruction Manual, and a book. 

Basic Math

Great for kids ages 6 and older.

Have fun learning math with Free Range Fractions and Math Dice Jr.! 

Free Range Fractions- Crack open a carton of crazy fraction fun! Race to determine the denominator, and then turn over the fraction of eggs depicted on the fraction challenge card first! 

Math Dice Jr.- The perfect dice game to introduce early math skills! 

 

This Discovery Kit includes Free Range Fraction, Math Dice Jr, Instruction Manuals, and a book. 

Math Games

Great for kids ages 7 and older.

Have fun learning math with Pop for Addition & Subtraction Game and Zeus On The Loose! 

Pop for Addition and Subtraction Game- Kids will be able to practice basic math facts or critical thinking with this fast paced game. 

Zeus On the The Loose- Catch Zeus if you can! Play cards strategically, adding numbers as you climb up the mythic mountain. 

This Discovery Kit includes Pop for Addition & Subtraction Game, Zeus On The Loose, Instruction Manuals, and a book.

Measuring Volume and Mass

Great for kids ages 4 and older.

Learn how to measure volume and mass in a fun, visual way. 

This Discovery Kit Includes a Balance Scale, Hexagram Weights, Instruction Manuals, and 2 books.

3D Shapes

Great for kids ages 4 and older.

Help kids gain a deeper understanding of the basics of geometry with this 3D building set! A hands-on experience creating composite shapes, identifying shape attributes, and partitioning circles and squares into equal parts.  

This Discovery Kit includes 3D Shapes Building set, and 2 books. 

Gem Kit

Great for kids ages 8 and older.

This kit allows chidlren to experience the joy of real archaeplogical exploration. Get to observe precious gems just like a real geologist! 

This Discovery Kit includes a Gem kit, Instruction Manual and guide, Magnifying Glass, and 2 books. 

Stomp Rocket

Great for kids ages 4 and older.

Adjust the Stomp Rocket launcher to send your rockets soaring and experiment with trajectory, force, and aerodynamics! 

This Discovery Kit includes the Stomp Rocket Kit, and a book, 

Goldie Blox and The Dunk Tank

Great for kids ages 8 and older. 

Help Goldie give her dog Nacho a bath! Goldie has tried and tried to find a way to get Nacho clean, but he hates water and loves dirt. Maybe building a Dunk Tank would work? A great way for young engineers to build spatial skills, master engineering principes (hinges and levers), and gain confidence in problem solving! 

This Discovery Kit inludes Goldie Blox and The Dunk Tank, Instruction Manual, and a book. 

Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine

Great for kids ages 8 and older. 

Help Goldie build a belt drive machine to sping everyone at once! Introduces the real-life STEM concept of a belt drive. A great way for young engineers to build spatial skills, master engineering principes (hinges and levers), and gain confidence in problem solving! 

This Discovery Kit includes Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine, Instruction Manual, and a book.