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New Horizon fuel cell science experiments of renewable energy

Designed as the “chemistry sets” of tomorrow, these kits are designed to explain renewable energy science in a classroom environment, for school projects and science fairs, or as fun and interactive activity sets for the entire family. The sets come with a complete curriculum on renewable energy with easy to follow experiment manual, assembly guide, flash animations, and background history on the technology. Check out the kits below.

Fuel Cell Car Science Kit
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $59.99

12 years +

Solar Hydrogen Education Kit
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $64.99

12 years +

H-racer and Hydrogen Station
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $99.99

12 years +

Hydrocar
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $84.99

12 years +

Bio-Energy Discovery Kit
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $99.99

12 years +

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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $119.99

12 years +

Renewable Energy Monitor
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $99.99

12 years +

H2GO
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $149.99

12 years +

Hydro-Wind Education Kit
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $129.99

12 years +

Renewable Energy Education Set
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $199.99

12 years +

WindPitch Education Kit
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by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

Our Price: $89.99

12 years +

Usher In Spring With An After-School Party!

As the school year continues to fly by for me, I know that it isn’t quite the same for my son.  The bus ride is no longer a novelty; it is a way home and apparently not high on the “fun” list anymore.  I decided to mix up the routine a bit and offer a bit of cheer in celebration of the warmer weather we are having here in the South lately.  We’re having a Spring Fling Snack Party!

The bus stop is literally at the end of our driveway, and about a dozen or so neighborhood kids disembark at our stop.  Our plan is to set up a picnic table on the driveway, loaded with juice boxes, fruit and other healthy snacks.  Kids will have the chance to grab a snack and even stay for a bit to shoot some hoops, play with sidewalk chalk or throw a Frisbee.

Some important points to remember about this kind of mini-party is to notify parents ahead of time, even if just a day or so in advance.  No one wants to be waiting on the porch for a child who ends up staying for 20 minutes to play.  It is also a chance to gather neighborhood parents together to get to know each other and network.  Allow siblings who might not be in school yet the opportunity to come and play as well.  And, don’t forget – many kids will still have homework and other commitments after school, so keep the gathering brief.

Accentuate The Positives!

So many times, I find myself focusing on my son’s faults in regards to school – rushing through work, needing to read a bit more, get that homework done and correct the ones that I’ve checked.  It is equally, if not more, important to let our children know what they are doing that is AWESOME in school.  Try some of these activities to make sure your budding einstein gets the recognition he or she deserves!

  1. Frame It!  I bought an inexpensive frame at the discount store (less than $3) that will hold most papers my third grader brings home ( a 9 x 12 frame works well).  Anytime my son brings home work that he is exceptionally proud of, whether it is a test, a written assignment, an art project, whatever, it goes in the frame.  We display this on the counter in our kitchen and rotate the pieces through as he sees fit.  It is a great way for Dad to catch up with the good stuff from school!
  2. Showcase It On the Computer!  Going a step beyond the framable work, I will take pictures from time to time of my children with their proudest work.  When I upload the picture to my computer, I save it as my backdrop.  It is a great visual reminder when I sit down to work at how amazing my children are.
  3. Get The Family Involved!  Nothing feels quite as good has having a family member tell you how proud they are of you, so give that gift to your child.  Have grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even neighbors comment on your child’s successes.  Sometimes, it can feel a bit more special when it comes from someone other than “just” mom or dad!
  4. Hang It High!  Create your own personalized magnets by simply mounting a photo of your child on cardboard or posterboard.  Cut around your child’s outline and glue this to a clothespin.  Attach a magnet to the other side of the clothespin, and use this awesome little display tool to hold report cards, important papers or awards won on the refrigerator!
  5. Celebrate Over Breakfast!  When my boys do something exceptionally outstanding, such as participating in a class play or making good grades on a report card, we celebrate with breakfast out.  The kids get to decide where we’ll eat, and we enjoy some family time before we all start our busy days.

Do you have any ideas to share?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Meeting The Teacher

Many children are heading back to school this week (if not already back already).  It is a time of transition and change, of new faces and old.  It is a time of adjustment and a time of schedules.  And that’s just the teachers!

Whether your child is starting preschool or nursery school for the first time or is a seasoned pro at the education system, take a small moment to recognize your child’s teacher.  Creating a simple gift is a great way to introduce yourself and bring a smile to your child’s teacher’s face!  Here are a couple of quick and easy ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

1.  The traditional teacher-gift – an apple!  Apples are nutritious, easy to transport and even boys don’t mind sharing one with their teacher (my son absolutely cringes when I suggest a small bouquet of flowers from our garden, but an apple is “cool”).  Tie a note to the stem to finish it off.  I found a lovely poem online for a teacher-apple:

You plant the seeds of wisdom with patience and concern,
And your efforts all bear fruit as your students grow and learn.
You offer them good food for thought, you care right to the core.
There’s just no better teacher than the one this apple’s for!

2.  Another cute idea is to give your child’s teacher a small bag of Hershey Hugs chocolate candies.  Again, I found a cute poem online to accompany these yummy snacks:

You are a wonderful teacher – I think you’re very neat!
That’s why I put together this special little treat!
A little bag with Teacher Hugs to get you through your day,
And let you know that I am glad that you are here to stay!

3.  Other simple ideas:  give a cute pencil with a small note:  “You’ve got the ‘write’ stuff!”; tie a note to a ruler: “You really measure up!”; or a can of his/her favorite soda with “We’re bubbling over with excitement to have you for a teacher this year!”

Reading Readiness – Get Ready For School!

Here’s a fun activity to try with your child that promotes critical thinking and school readiness.  This idea can be adapted for any age from preschool through grade school and beyond.  Best of all, no supplies are needed!

Have your child turn his or her back to you.  Using your finger draw a letter on your child’s back and see if he or she can identify the letter.  After he or she guesses the letter, see if they can come up with a word that begins with that letter!

If this is too difficult for your child, try it out first on the palm of his or her hand.  That way, your child can see the letter being written.  With younger children who might not know their letters yet, try simple shapes, like circles, triangles and squares.  Older children will enjoy the challenge of entire words or a more complex picture, such as a tree, a plane or a house.

Have your child do the same to your back as well.  It is great practice for writing, spelling and simple fine motor skills and dexterity!

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