The Curiosity Box by VSauce Subscription Box Review – Spring 2018

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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.

This is their box # 8!

The box is filled with stuff that will feed your mind.

There’s no extra packaging, just a box filled with awesome items!

Each box comes with the Curiosity Quarterly by VSauce.

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

The articles are truly geeky, in a good way. The musings draw from math, science, history, and culture to create fun articles with an inquisitive edge. They also encourage to show your INQ by submitting your own artwork.

For this edition, they included a fascinating article about Angular Diameter!

There’s also an article about Celestial Insanity and the Piggy Back Ride!

One of the most interesting articles from this quarterly is about the best-selling console of all time, the PlayStation!

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! And as always, INQ the octopus is our guide through the box.

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

Individual items have articles in the quarterly, like Stock & Render which is this quarter’s VSauce Artist Spotlight!

Stock & Render Postcard. This fantastic art is by Matt Mills. The artwork is titled (Swerve) and was created in 2017 as part of an experimental project, which has an intention to create an image that can refocus the lens in the eyes to bypass the optical nerve. Looking at the design, it did!

The back of the postcard also has a brief explanation of the art. There are also some spaces for personal notes and messages.

Collectible Enamel Pin: Golden Record Pin. We got a Voyager 1977 commemorative pin for this quarter!

Voyagers I and II each have a golden record which has sounds that depict the Earth.

I love this pin’s packaging! It shows us how vast the universe is.

Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977. Part of the Voyager program to study the outer Solar System, Voyager 1 launched 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2. Having operated for 40 years, 8 months and 30 days as of June 4, 2018, the spacecraft still communicates with the Deep Space Network to receive routine commands and return data. At a distance of 142.31 astronomical units (2.1289×1010 km; 1.3229×1010 mi) (21.289 billion kilometers; 13.229 billion miles) from the Sun as of June 4, 2018, it is the farthest spacecraft from Earth.

You can learn a lot about the Voyager program from the pin packaging’s back…

…and it also goes on inside. You cannot just throw the packaging away as it provides vital information about this featured pin!

The commemorative pin will definitely make NASA proud. It captures the real thing in this small, golden replica.

The single post on its back can support its whole weight too.

What I find interesting about this Voyager program is that whenever the items are rediscovered by future generations or other life forms, they’ll have an idea on what the Earth is all about, and the records even came with instructions on how to use them! Someone will figure it out.

And now, let’s explore the Timeline of the Universe!

The giftable box explains about one of the most well-known theories of mankind, The Big Bang Theory.

The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe from the earliest known periods through its subsequent large-scale evolution.

INQ the octopus also graced this cool box!

Timeline Of The Universe T-Shirt.

The Timeline of the Universe shirt details the progression of how quantum fluctuations grew into the accelerating expansion of the cosmos… and beyond.

This is really an interesting design and my kids became even more curious about how the Universe developed and how it’s still doing so.

Curiosity Box Official Selection: The Secret Language Of Color.

In this beautiful and thorough investigation, The Secret Language of Color celebrates and illuminates the countless ways in which color colors our world.

Why is the sky blue, the grass green, a rose red? Most of us have no idea how to answer these questions, nor are we aware that color pervades nearly all aspects of life, from the subatomic realm and the natural world to human culture and psychology.

Organized into chapters that begin with a fascinating explanation of the physics and chemistry of color, The Secret Language of Color travels from outer space to Earth, from plants to animals to humans. In these chapters we learn about how and why we see color, the nature of rainbows, animals with color vision far superior and far inferior to our own, how our language influences the colors we see, and much more. Between these chapters, authors Joann Eckstut and Ariele Eckstut turn their attention to the individual hues of the visible spectrum–red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet–presenting each in fascinating, in-depth detail.

Including hundreds of stunning photographs and dozens of informative, often entertaining graphics, every page is a breathtaking demonstration of color and its role in the world around us. WhetherÊ you see red, are a shrinking violet, or talk a blue streak, this is the perfect book for anyone interested in the history, science, culture, and beatuty of color in the natural and man-made world.

This book will help us understand the science behind colors, which is also helpful for many visual artists. Our book jacket was a bit banged up.

Have you ever wondered why the grass is green, or the sky is blue? This book can answer that!

Of course, they also got creative and played with colors in the illustrations to get their point across. If you’re colorblind, you probably can’t see the illustration. Sorry!

Color is a basic human need… like fire and water, a raw material, indispensable to life.

The pages are all glossy as well.

Each article explains thoroughly and answers the questions we usually ask about colors. For example, the relationship of Bulls to a red cape. Actually, bulls are color-blind to the color red and what irritates them is the cape’s movement!

It even explained how some birds’ feathers have pretty colors!

These are not your ordinary matches!

INQ’s Durable Match-Like Puzzle Sticks. To keep the kids’ minds busy, we also got this durable match-like puzzle sticks!

The box includes 20 “matches” and a book with 22 puzzles you can let the kids solve!

Don’t worry! They look like the real thing but these matches won’t cause a fire.

But you can definitely do math equations and even shape puzzles with these!

My kids tried solving one of the equations, and they got it right! Awesome! These are perfect for summer travels.

INQ’s Cipher Wheel. The Cipher Wheel is a special device that INQ invented to encrypt and decrypt!

I love the vintage design on the box.

The box includes the Cipher wheel, a stand, and an instruction card.

Decoding secret messages is fun with this device!

It also looks beautiful when displayed on its stand.

The instruction card includes the how-tos of this cool device!

They also provided some secret messages that you can practice decoding. TBH my kids carted this away and have made secret messages for several weeks – I haven’t had a chance to play with it.

Sokobond Downloadable Steam Game. We also got a downloadable Steam Game, the SOKOBOND!

Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It’s logical, minimalist, and beautiful – crafted with love and science.

This game will definitely spark the kids’ interest in chemistry. It’s also available for Mac. Hooray!

Tribute Kendama. Lastly, we got this popular Japanese skill toy, the Kendama!

Look at INQ testing out his Kendama skills at the back of the box!

It includes an instruction manual, free stickers, a replacement string, and a bead pack.

There are lots of extra stuff inside, awesome!

We are very excited to try this one out!

We attached the other two kensaki (stick point) on the big and small cups on each side.

That’s how it looks when the ball is stuck on the stick point.

Gotcha! Caught the ball on the bigger cup!

And turning it around, the ball was caught on the smaller cup! It’s really fun and anyone can try it out.

We even tried catching the ball with the toy’s handle! You know, practice makes perfect!

The crew at VSauce definitely nailed this quarter’s curation. The science books are always incredible and they make great study guides and browsable reading for students of all ages. Everything is of excellent quality, and even the toys are super interesting. There’s always something new to learn from the box, and this works for the whole family too. We all had a great time geeking out because of this subscription! It’s going be a long wait again before we get the next science-filled box, but we’re already excited!

What do you think of this quarter’s box?

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