The Curiosity Box by VSauce Subscription Box Review – Spring 2017

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The Curiosity Box  is a quarterly subscription box to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Each box comes with 6-9 items that will not only entertain, but also educate you and your family.  The subscription is $49.90 per quarter and a portion of all proceeds are donated to fund Alzheimer’s research.

Note: Whoops! We had previously mislabeled the seasons of the box. If you read our previous “Spring” review, that was actually the winter box! The box shown here is the Spring box!

If it a looks a little bit like a GeekFuel unboxing, that’s because the two companies are related.

Each box comes with the Curiosity Quarterly by VSauce.

The quarterly is loaded with interesting, short articles for the curious-minded!

The style of the writing is light and quirky, great for all ages. The space is divided between articles relating to items in the box and seemingly unrelated intellectual digressions.

A page is dedicated to each item in the box, so you’ll quickly become an expert, or at least you’ll know why each selection is so cool.

The VSauce crew covers a lot of ground with their selections for the box, treating you to engineering, geology, chemistry, math, and all-around geekery.

The Curiosity Box now has a separate information card – it’s great for quick reference and for when someone steals your Curiosity Quarterly for bathroom reading. It contains a list of all the goodies this quarter!

The packaging for the box is top-notch – the individual items are in giftable packaging. The VSauce crew even goes so far as to call it limited edition collectible packaging!

Everything in the box!

Dub Wars Steam Game Download ($10): Steam games are perfect for including in boxes – no disc to ship or platform compatibility issues. You just use the code to download from the Steam site directly to your PC or Mac.

DubWars is a top-down, arena-style shooter using electronic music to accentuate gameplay. You maneuver your ship around the screen, evading enemies. Your ship is equipped with various weapons, each associated with a different dub step or electronic riff, so your battle is perfectly timed to the music.

Inq Enamel Pin: A high-quality enamel pin featuring the Curiosity Box mascot.

The pin has a single post with rubber cap.

The pin has fantastic, vivid color and is really cute.

Glowing Beverage Elemats: A set of four geeky coasters featuring four seemingly random elements (can you tell why they were chosen?)

You have to enjoy the fun packaging for every item!

Each element includes its symbol, name, and atomic number.

Two hearing aid style batteries are included for each coaster, and little rubberized legs hold the plastic case off the table.

The lights respond to pressure. You can actually tell when your guests need a refill, because the lights will go dark!

Though I totally missed the purposeful arrangement of elements on the box (I thought they should have chosen elements that glowed specific colors when excited), the reason for choosing these particular elements soon became clear:  V-S-Au-Ce!

The Quarterly gives a great preview of each item’s peculiar qualities.

Inq’s Super Absorbent Polymer Spheres: Each of these little spheres has the ability to absorb an enormous volume of water, growing up to 300 times its current size.

It takes 12 hours to see the full results – make sure to use a big bowl!

This book is an excellent introduction to all of the elements of the periodic table.

The Elements by Theodore Gray ($14.55): As seen on the cover, each element is captured in full color, showing off its coolest qualities.

Critically-acclaimed, this international bestseller breathes new life into the classic periodic table.

Elements, from the every day to the obscure, are each described at length, with photos of their many uses and appearances.

The book explores both the history and physical properties of each element.

Striking photography accompanies each element.

The T-shirt might baffle non-mathematicians, but the Quarterly adds some clarity, revealing the image to be a visual depiction of modular multiplication. Of Course!

Modular Multiplication on a Circle T-Shirt: V Sauce includes a cute little box for the shirt, a nice touch that nearly every other box omits.

The shirt is slightly fitted, with a large graphic and the V Sauce logo proudly displayed.

The graphic charts the modular multiplication of the number 5, with some artistic license taken to overlay a large V Sauce “V”.

Curiosity Box is great for a wide range of ages. This item is perfect for the less mathematically inclined.

Inq’s Wonderful World of Slime: The box contains a complete kit for creating two batches of slime – one green and one blue.

Though the slime is great fun, we are advised to keep it away from small children, particulary prior to mixing the chemical components.

The kit contains everything needed, even a stirrer and containers.

A lengthy booklet is included, highlighting all the wonders of slime. Our slime is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it behaves differently than one would predict using Newton’s laws when force is applied.

The booklet is surprisingly long, including lots of fun info about slime in the real world.

The Curiosity Box is always loaded with tons of scientifically-themed wonders. There is an awesome book, usually cleverly constructed non-fiction, and lots of hands-on and observational gadgets – plus a shirt. The materials are scientifically accurate and dig deep into the finer geekery of every topic they treat. There is something for everyone to learn, and it’s always a blast!

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