MEL Science Kids is a monthly AR‑powered STEM subscription box from MEL Science intended for kids ages 5-10. You can subscribe to the box for $34.90 each month and you’ll get science-themed projects plus a visual explanation of the underlying scientific principles. This subscription uses an app for an AR (augmented reality) science explanation. Each monthly kit contains hands-on experiments, activities, building sets, educational comics, and a unique piece of a great story! You can also gift the box and share the fun with other kids and families!
They also listed all the box contents and provided us information on how it works.
This is a review of the MEL Science Kids – Gyroscope box.
We’re so excited to finally open this box!
There’s a blueprint of the project at the inside of the box’s top lid.
The materials for the project were packed in cute patterned boxes!
Everything in my box!
There’s a hexagonal card that you can scan using the app for the AR experience!
There’s also a new sticker from this month’s box to put on the map.
Here’s another look at the map!
The new map sticker is now placed where it should be!
The cover of the booklet shows Newt crossing a rope bridge.
It also provided a list of components for easy reference. The components include gyroscope disk, string, caps, plugs, rubber bands, launch hooks, axle bases, launch handle, washer, axle, hook guard, holding plate, launch holder, and disc covers.
These disk covers have colorful and beautiful patterns.
It’s time to open the boxes and start with the project!
As always, the booklet has a story to go along with the activity. My kids have always enjoyed being part of Zac and Newt’s adventures!
This time, Zac and Newt went hunting for truffles but couldn’t go back home because the bridge collapsed!
The booklet provided a blueprint for this month’s project.
All the parts are placed in separate boxes, it’s really helpful especially when making a project like this with lots of parts.
Here are the first set of components that my kids needed to assemble.
The box provided step-by-step visual illustrations for this project.
The parts are easy-to-assemble and kid-friendly as well.
Combining the parts did not require any special tool. My kids were also able to do it with minimal adult supervision.
The gyroscope is halfway done. It’s now ready for its next major attachment!
The instructions indicate what part is needed and where to put it.
There are also numbers for every step so the kids are aware of what part of the activity they are on.
My son was able to finish the gyroscope in no time!
An explanation of how the gyroscope works are also available for the kids. It was also compared to how a ball spins on the tip of the finger.
Your gyroscope rotates around its vertical axis and remains stable at one point of support. It stays balanced due to the gyroscopic effect. But when it stops rotating, it can no longer maintain equilibrium and falls
You can observe a similar equilibrium in a basketball spinning on a finger or a coin spinning on its edge.
Zac and Newt were able to come back home, and the kids can now proceed with the next part of the project.
This illustration shows how the string should be properly placed on the gyroscope.
The disk covers didn’t just add beautiful designs and patterns, they also produced different effects when the disk rotates.
This blue patterned box contains more pieces for the next part of the project.
Here are the parts that my kids used to make the handle for the gyroscope. Just like the rest of the project, they are easy to assemble.
The next steps show how to launch the disk properly!
My son gave it a try and he succeeded!
The proper way of putting the disk cover is shown in this illustration.
My kids also tried the double spiral design. The spiral freezes for a moment if you blink your eyes while looking at it!
My kids had so much fun trying out the different patterns. It looks like someone is being hypnotized here!
My son also tried using the strobe effect pattern. It works better if a stroboscopic light is used to maximize its optical effect.
My kids had a lot of fun with this disk launcher. It’s nice that it’s made of wood and is safe to play with.
It’s really amazing how the design of each cover changed while the disk spins,
The finished product looks good and works well!
As always, I’m so proud of how my kids performed in the activities. They were able to do everything correctly with minimal supervision.
The booklet also encourages kids to experiment with the disc designs! They can use crayons or paint to color the back of the disc.
It also showed some devices that use more complex types of gyroscopes, like drones, smartphones, game controllers, and navigation systems.
There’s also a sudoku activity for the kids!
Another part of the booklet has a tutorial on how to draw Newt plus a truffle hunt game!
It was another excellent set of activities from MEL Science Kids! This month, my kids learned how a gyroscope works and how this concept applies to some of the items that we use every day. They also made their own version of a gyroscope, and it was fun and easy because the materials are provided in the box plus the instructions are easy to follow and suitable for kids. My kids also love reading Zac and Newt’s adventures! All in all, this is really a nice subscription for kids, as they provide monthly science-related tasks that kids can enjoy and learn from!
What do you think of the MEL Science Kids box?