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My youngest daughter is the scientist in the family. She is our geek and that is not the insult it used to be.
GEEK – typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit
So, we decided to spend some time finding great ideas for geeky teens. Do you know a child who loves science? Our geeky teen has helped us find things to appeal to young people with scientific minds.
You might have heard your children talking about molymods. They are used in schools to help children visualise structures of simple molecules. They are suitable for GCSE and A level or just for fun. This excellent basic Molymod Kit includes 50 atoms and 64 links and is suitable for around 12 years and up. (It is not a toy and is designed for science use only and would definitely be a hazard if there is a small toddler around as the balls are small and colourful). My daughter always borrows them from school but the risk of losing one is too huge!
2. What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical questions
Smart answers to silly questions – What If?
How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live?
When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living?
How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?
If you know a child who loves science or who constantly asks questions like these then What If? is the perfect book!
To answer the questions the author ‘runs computer simulations, uses declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators’. His responses are smart and hilarious and often predict at least a really big explosion!
3. Wooden Periodic Table blocks
A brilliant gift for a child who loves science. The Periodic table, but in a more attractive and interactive format. There are 121 beech blocks all printed with a different element. We found two good resources for this amazing product and think it would be an amazing gift for any age.
NAKU – £48.99 (Much less expensive – not sure why!)
4. Mensa Challenge you IQ Game
Do you know a child who likes to challenge their IQ? This is a pack of 50 large cards featuring a series of Mensa tests. They cover logical thinking, problem-solving, number and shape manipulation. The cards come in a handy box and are perfect for ages 14 and over. From the Science Museum Shop.
5. Chemistry Kit
A fantastic chemistry set from the Science Museum Shop, for the over 8’s only, as it contains some hazardous chemicals. It is a complete lab with a rich set of scientific instruments to carry out 150 experiments that are both safe and easy. It comes with an illustrated manual so you can carry out fun experiments with everyday chemical substances. A great idea for a younger child who loves science.
6. Ah! The Element of Surprise T-Shirt
Hilarious to a teen who loves science or a super cool geek of any age! This ‘Element of Surprise’ t-shirt comes in loads of lovely different colours but these are our two favourites. Reviews say it comes up quite small so order a larger size than normal. Love it!
7. Anatomical Skeleton Model
This skeleton model is 85cm high and detailed enough to satisfy any child who loves science or has an interest in the human skeleton. It is apparently accurate enough even for qualified doctors so would be good for GCSE’s, A levels and degree level biology-related topics.
8. Miniature Skull Model
This miniature skull model shows the major sutures of the human skull and comes with an 8-part brain made of soft plastic. It is a great mini model for learning the anatomy of the brain and its position within the skull. Perfect for a biology lover or someone who is fascinated by the human body and how it works. From a great website called Anatomy Stuff!
9. Physics Workshop – an Introduction to Mechanics
This fun kids Physics Workshop allows children to learn all about the science behind matter and energy by building models. There are 36 models such as a crane, pinball game and pendulum clock. They can then conduct experiments with them offering a hands-on approach to learning which is highly effective and rather addictive!
10. Chocolate Molecule Necklace
This pretty necklace from Etsy features a cute little charm which represents the molecular structure of chocolate. Brilliant! Choose gold or silver plated and a choice of lengths. It comes in an attractive presentation box and would make a great gift for a child who loves science and chocolate!
USEFUL LINKS –
British Science Week Checklist – ways to get involved.