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The Thames & Kosmos Air+Water Power Kit.
The Thames & Kosmos Air+Water Power Kit.

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" More than one professional chef got his start with an Easy Bake Oven. Here are some ideas for children 8 and up that just may inspire your child to be a scientist, engineer or designer.

Science. Thames & Kosmos produces serious science kits that teach concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes. The manuals make for a rich learning experience. Students can learn how to build fuel cells, discover the science behind climate change, and learn the chemistry of cosmetics. (Ages 10+)

Engineering. If your children can't get enough of amusement park rides, the Science of Disney Imagineering DVD series will open their eyes to the power of the attractions. The educational series uses physical and visual examples that demonstrate how science (magnetism, friction, trajectory) puts the magic in the rides. (Ages 8+, Disney Educational Productions $29.99)

Design. Each Design Dossier in this innovative book series introduces youngsters to what it's like to be a designer, using the basic elements of visual communication that are the building blocks of many different types of design. (Ages 8+, $24, Paintbox Press)

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