Technology test-driver John Buckley looks at gadgets and toys to get kids into science.
Quest Astra III Model Rocket Starter Set
This model rocket is only 15" tall but it can soar to a height of up to 1,000 feet. The starter kit includes a rocket with parachute recovery system, three motors and igniters and a complete launch pad and controller. Recommended for ages 10 . Adult supervision recommended for those under the age of 12. Batteries and glue not included.
Available from: Model retailer ModelAir
Rating: Definitely 5 of 5
Display Rocket: Loaned by the New Zealand Rocketry
Model Shown: Imported Mongoose 54, a minimum diametre carbon fibre rocket with a conical nose cone. Standing over 7 feet tall, the Mongoose 54 is loaded with an altimeter, a GPS and a recovery parachute. This rocket has flown to 9,500 feet and could reach 20,000 feet with the right motor. Rockets are often launched from Taupiri on approved days such as National Rocket Day Feb 7th 2010 (with civil aviation authority approval).
To find out more about rockets in New Zealand visit nzrocketry.org.nz
Wild Science Slime Laboratory
Discover slimy secrets as well as the science of polymers and explore fascinating scientific principles. This kit contains enough material for the experiments to be repeated several times. It includes colourful instructions to follow using the PVA & PVOH based solutions, liquid colour pigments, gloves and mixing equipment.
Available from: Toyworld stores nationwide
Rating: 4 out of 5
Air Hogs Vectron Wave Remote Control UFO
Control the new Air Hogs Vectron Wave R/C UFO with the palm of your hand! Obstacle sensors allow it to detect when it's close to floors to keep it hovering and for more interactive play, use your hands below the Vectron to control its height! Once you're done, dock it on the launch base for easy charging.
Available from: Toy retailers nationwide from June
Rating: 3 out of 5
All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.