SPARK! BOXES

Loanable, reusable science kits for public libraries and school libraries.  Each kit is designed to provide an authentic scientific experience and includes carefully researched and well-designed notes to help users to get maximum benefit.

 SPARK! BOXES

Spark! Boxes are loanable, reusable science kits for public libraries and school libraries.  Each Spark! box is designed to provide an authentic scientific experience and includes carefully researched and well-designed notes to help users to get maximum benefit. Notes suggest things to try, interesting facts to discuss, and where to find other related resources.

Spark! Boxes are intended to enhance child, family and community access to age-appropriate, quality scientific equipment.

HOW IT WORKS FOR LIBRARIES

  1. Order your Spark! Boxes. There are several boxes to choose from, eg Amazing Animals, The Human Body, Precision Microscope.
  2. Add the boxes to your borrowing library or use them for science classes or science club activities. (Refer to the notes for things to try, facts to discuss and other resources to explore.)
  3. Promote the Spark Boxes to your community.
  4. Enjoy the feedback as science comes alive – order more Spark! Boxes.

SPARK! BOXES 8-12 YEARS

Carefully curated kits with guides to provide opportunities for genuine scientific exploration and to help children access other resources.

EYES AND ILLUSIONS

Explore the eye and vision in humans and animals. Experiment with depth perception and make a camera obscura and zoetrope.

eyes and illusions box contents

What’s in the box?

  • Eye model
  • Zoetrope strips x 8
  • Mirror
  • Pencils x 2
  • Illusion book
MAGNETISM

Explore the natural phenomenon of magnetism. See ‘invisible’ magnetic fields made visible. Learn how a magnetic compass works to help in navigation.

spark box contents magnetism

What’s in the box?

  • Magnetic field demonstrator
  • Two magnets
  • Magnetic levitator
  • Compass
MINI BEASTS

Discover the amazing world of mini beasts. Get up close to examine resin-encased bugs. Be a responsible bug-catcher to observe live bugs in action and learn how to recognise their various life stages.

spark box contents mini beasts

What’s in the box?

  • Magnifying container ‘bug jar’
  • Resin-encased mini beasts x 8
  • Port-a-bug pop-up container
  • Butterfly lifecycle
  • Magnifying glass
  • Insect net
  • The Best Book of Bugs book
PRECISION MICROSCOPE

Learn the science of light and lenses and how microscopes work. Discover an amazing microscopic world by examining the very small details of insects and plants.

spark box contents precision microscope

What’s in the box?

  • Microscope
  • Magnifying glass
  • Prepared slides
  • Tweezers
  • Lens paper
  • The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope book
SOUND AND MUSIC

Explore the science of sound. Use a range of instruments to make interesting sounds and music.

spark box contents sound and music

What’s in the box?

  • Hand drum
  • Wooden agogo with mallet
  • Kalimba (thumb piano)
  • Two 440 Hz tuning forks
  • Two small tumblers
  • String
  • Music box mechanism
GURAWUL SCIENCE AND STORY

Read Gurawal the Whale by Uncle Max and learn how this ancient Aborignal story is connected to science.

gurawul science and story whats in the box

What’s in the box?

  • Gurawul the Whale book
  • Soft toy
  • Message stick
  • Sand and shells
  • Magnifying glass
LIGHT AND COLOUR

Explore light and why you see colour. Discover how light can be used to alter the way you see objects.

spark box contents light and colour

What’s in the box?

  • Torch
  • Spray bottle
  • Set of lenses
  • Blank CD
  • Spectroscope
PLANT SCIENCE

Explore how plants work from cells to lifecycles. Understand how much you can learn about climate by examining tree rings.

spark box contents plant science

What’s in the box?

  • Plant cell model two parts
  • Handiscope
  • Tree ring
ROCKS AND MINERALS

Explore a mineral and rock collection. Understand how they are sorted by colour, chemical, crystal shape and more. Learn about the importance of minerals in human endeavours.

spark box contents rocks and minerals

What’s in the box?

  • Mineral sample collection
  • Fossil collection
  • Field magnifier
  • Nail, streak plate, guide
DOBSONIAN TELESCOPE

Learn to use a telescope to see planets up close. Use a star chart to find your way around the night’s sky.

spark box contents telescope

What’s in the box?

  • Dobsonian telescope
  • Star chart

SPARK! TECHNOLOGY BOXES

Fuel young minds interest in robotics, coding, electronics, and virtual and augmented reality with Spark! Technology Boxes. Most boxes require a tablet.

EDISON ROBOT

Learn to code a robot, starting basic and then get more technical. Use both your hardware engineering skills as well as software creativity with these Lego-compatible robot kit.

spark technology box contents edison robot

What’s in the box?

  • Edison robots x 2
  • Remote control
  • EdCreate kit
  • Discover Edison booklet
  • Batteries
CIRCUITS AND ELECTRICITY

Investigate the nature of electricity and electrical circuits with this immersive kit. Devise some imaginative gadgets and make power from a potato.

spark technology box circuits and electricity

What’s in the box?

  • Snap circuits set
  • Instruction book
  • Potato clock kit
  • Energy stick
  • Batteries
VIRTUAL REALITY

Explore new worlds while staying home. Understand how virtual and augmented reality can be created and experienced. Enjoy using some cool gadgets to get inside some hidden worlds.

spark technology box virtual reality

What’s in the box?

  • MERGE virtual reality smartphone headset
  • MERGE cube
  • iScience Augmented Reality book
  • Curioscope t-shirts
OSMO CREATIVE

Turn a tablet into a crazy fun factory of fabulous frivolity, and gain some great skills at the same time. This creative system from Osmo provides a wide variety of maths and science-based challenges.

spark technology box osmo

What’s in the box?

  • Osmo creative system
  • Yoobi erasable markers
  • Yoobi fuzzy eraser pouch

SPARK! JUNIOR BOXES 3-5 YEARS

Specially curated Spark! Junior boxes for children aged 3 to 5 years.

SOUND

Are you good at making noise? Discover what sounds you can make using the instruments in the box.

spark junior sound equipment

What’s in the box?

  • Talking tube
  • Talk and listen telephone
  • Xylophone and mallet
  • Rhythm sticks
  • Rainmaker
MAGNETISM

Discover what magnets are and how they work. What will you ‘catch’ with your giant magnet?

spark junior box contents magnetism

What’s in the box?

  • Giant horseshoe magnet
  • Magnetic match rings
  • Magnetic super challenge game
  • Matching and fishing game
MEASUREMENT

Discover all the different ways we can measure things. What will you find to measure?

spark junior box contents measurement

What’s in the box?

  • Mini motor math
  • Giant tape measure
  • Junior balance: scales, containers and assorted bears
LIGHT AND COLOUR

Discover how our eyes see light and colour. Will this box change the way you see things?

spark junior box contents light and colour

What’s in the box?

  • Colour mixing glasses
  • Periscope
  • Mirror/lens set
  • Bug eye viewer
LIFECYCLES AND CLASSIFYING

Why does your fruit have seeds in it? Discover how animals and plants grow and change.

spark junior box contents lifecycles and classifying

What’s in the box?

  • Life cycles kit
  • Bug viewer
  • Backyard bugs and sorting jars
PATTERNS AND CLASSIFYING

Can you make a pattern? Discover how we use patterns to make sense of the world around us.

spark junior box contents patterns and classifying

What’s in the box?

  • Lacers
  • Tiny figures
  • Sound matching gem blocks
COORDINATION AND BALANCE

Are you good at balancing? Discover what your body can do.

spark junior box contents coordination and balance

What’s in the box?

  • Stepping stones
  • Toss and catch
  • Up on top balance heads
girl experimenting with potion

SPARK! CURIOSITY BOXES

Specially curated Spark! Curiosity boxes for children aged 5 to 7 years.

BALANCED BODIES

Investigate the science of balance with cool tricks, and even some great maths!

What’s in the box?spark curiosity balanced bodies

  • Balance bird
  • Number balance
  • Balance nails
  • Discovery notes
FLIGHT OR FALL

Experience the science of flight through gliders, sky divers and spinners.

What’s in the box?spark curiosity flight or fall

  • High fly glider
  • Sky diver
  • Hand spinner kit
TIME AFTER TIME

Explore the sands of time, from sunrise to sunset, or go digital.

What’s in the box?spark curiosity time after time

  • Giant sand timer
  • Digital timer
  • Sun disc sundial
HOUDINI'S ESCAPE

Stay on top of the science of mathematics. Topology – it’s the science of shapes.

What’s in the box?spark curiosity houdini escape

  • Pair of rope manacles
  • Horseshoe brainteaser
  • Tower of Hanoi enigma
PERISCOPE

Discover the nature of light, such as the use of mirrors to help you see around corners.

What’s in the box?spark curiosity up periscope

  • Periscope
  • Flat flexible mirrors × 2
  • Mini-scope
METAL DETECTOR

Use the items provided to explore the detection of metals and how this can help you find hidden treasures!

What’s in the box?spark curiosity metal detector

  • Metal detector

STORYTIME SCIENCE

Hands-on science and literacy

LITTLE BANG

Fun facilitated workshops for 3 years and up

BIG BANG

STEM-based workshops for school-aged children

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