On Girls/Boys Novelty Kits

Note: Updated 12/1 below to address a question we’ve received from a good number of customers.

We’ve received a ton of negative feedback lately on our Girls and Boys Novelty Kits categories, through emails, blog posts, tweets — you name it. We have also read a few other posts on the topic, on sites like Scientific American and MSNBC’s Cosmic Log. Today, I’d like to announce a change to our site — one that better reflects our beliefs.

We have officially removed the Girls and Boys Novelty Kits categories from our site and replaced them with a single Novelty Science Kits category.  Our original intent was not to project gender bias, but to organize our product selection in a way that makes it easy to find specific items. We now realize that decision resulted in a category structure projecting gender bias and defining gender roles. We regret that choice, as it does not reflect our intent or beliefs.

The product selection of this new category remains the same, however, as they are simply a small selection of novelty kits that aim to combine fun DIY activities with a basic exposure to science. These kits make up around 10% of our larger Science Kits category and a much smaller percentage of our overall selection of educational science activities aimed at children.

Our main goal is to help parents inspire their kids to explore the world through science. To help parents & kids expand on their interests and develop new ones they never knew existed. We take pride in our wide selection of subject matter, from advanced robotics and alternative energy to the basics of astronomy, chemistry, physics, and biology.

We very much hope our products inspire the next Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Blackburn, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison. or Carl Sagan. On a grander scale, though, we just hope to inspire more people (especially young people) to be interested in science, to be curious, and to ask questions — we think the world would be a better place.

Update (12/1): We wanted to add an update to this post, as we’ve received this question many times: what about the individual products? We will be evaluating product lines after the holiday season is over. A good number of kits in the novelty category are already in clearance, which means we’ve decided to no longer carry those items. The category change was “step one” — something we could do right now to address the issue. More changes will be coming in the new year.

Thank you to everyone for reading, commenting, and sharing your feedback. The response has been overwhelming!

Win a dream holiday shopping spree at Edmund Scientifics!

Win a Dream Holiday Shopping Spree

The holidays are right around the corner and we’d like to give one lucky fan a holiday to remember. We’re giving away a shopping spree and leaving it up to our fans to tell us how much it is worth!

  • If we get to 8,500 total fans (Facebook, Google+ and Twitter) by December 10th 12th, we’ll give away a $100 shopping spree.
  • If we get to 9,000 fans, we’ll make it $200.
  • If we get to 9,500 fans, we’ll make it $500!

Imagine how much wonder and inspiration you can get with a $500 shopping spree!
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Weekend Links & Community Recap – 11/18

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend.

Our Customers Know Best!

Our customers know best!Do you have an Edmund product you absolutely love? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re putting the final touches on our gift guide and we want you to be a part of it by recommending your favorite Edmund item for the holidays.

How can you help?
Take a picture of you (or your kids or whomever uses the product) and the product, write up one paragraph describing why you love this item and recommend it for the holidays, then send it to us!

There are a few ways you can enter:

  1. Post it to your Facebook wall and tag us (@Edmund Scientific) in the post. You have to “Like” us on Facebook in order to tag us, so be sure to do that first.
  2. Write up a blog post and send us the link (either post it on our Facebook wall, send us a tweet (@edmundsci), share it with us on Google+, or use the contact form on our blog.)
  3. Send us a tweet (@edmundsci) with the image and your review. Feel free to use multiple tweets, if necessary — although clever, 140 character or less entries may receive special treatment!
  4. Create a post on Google+ and share it with us (+Edmund Scientifics)

Of course, we won’t let you go away empty handed! As a way of saying thanks, we’re offering a couple prizes:

  • All submissions will be entered into a random drawing for a $200 Edmund Scientifics gift certificate.
  • The authors of any submissions we use in our gift guide will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Submissions will be accepted through Black Friday. (November 25th, 2011)

Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you recommend!

Sky Talk November 2011: Jupiter (and Its Belt) Returns!

Brilliant Jupiter is now well-placed in the eastern evening sky and once again has a surprise in store for telescope users. As reported here last year, the giant planet lost one of its two main equatorial belts (while its famed Great Red Spot increased in prominence after being nearly invisible for some time). But the belt is back! And adding to the show are Jupiter’s four bright moons waltzing around the planet from night-to-night. All you need to see the action for yourself is a clear sky and a good telescope.
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Looking for a Super Deal?

We’ve got a special offer for new fans and old fans alike. Simply ‘Like’ Edmund Scientific on Facebook and then head over to the Super Deal Signup tab on our page to register to get a super secret promotion code sent to your inbox. The more fans we get, the better the deal!

  • Get us to 6,500 Facebook fans by the end of October and we’ll give you 30% off one item under $100.
  • If we get to 7,500 fans, we’ll up the offer to 40% off one item under $100.
  • And if we get to 8,500 fans, we’ll unlock a whopping 50% off one item under $100.

Be sure to share this with your friends too! They can help us reach our goal and unlock the best deal for everyone.

We’ll send out the code once we get to the highest goal or the end of October, which ever comes first. Perfect timing for the holidays, right?

Offer details: Once conditions have been met, the offer code will be unlocked and sent via email to the fans who registered through our Facebook page. Offer good only in the United States. Does not including shipping costs. Offer rquires that you have only one item in your cart and the value of the product is less than $100. By registering for this promotion, you will also be subscribed to our email newsletter. Our newsletter features more deals, special promotions, previews, and new product announcements. Promo code expires 12/31/2011.

Weekend Links + Community Recap (10/14)

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Links + Community Recap (10/7)

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend!

Chemistry Cat Caption Contest Winners Announced!

Our fans are amazing! Seriously. Thank you for making this contest a success: over 500 entries, thousands of votes, and 1,140 new Facebook fans. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!

So, who won?

As I mentioned above, we had a LOT of entries. We also had 25 entries receive over 10 ‘likes’! The caption champ, however, is Michael Howland with a very LOLcat-like message “i iz a scienrist” and a whopping 70 ‘likes’:

Congratulations Michael!

The caption runner-up is Levent Sakar, with an entry that received 53 likes.

The random fan winner is Chris Macri. Congratulations!

Michael gets the first choice between the Astroscan or the CHEM C3000 chemistry set. Chris will get the other prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated. As a way of saying thanks, we have something really special lined up for all of our fans. Keep an eye on our updates later in the week for more detail.

The 4th Annual Kids’ Science Challenge

Kids' Science ChallengeRegistration for the Kids’ Science Challenge, a free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders, opened today for it’s fourth year. The competition gives kids the opportunity to submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. Plus kids can play science games, watch videos, and enter to win awesome prizes and trips.

This year’s topics:

  • Zero Waste
  • Animal Smarts
  • Meals on Mars

Through the competition kids research these topics, brainstorm ideas, and submit their experiments or problems for scientists to solve. The winning students are given the opportunity to work with real scientists to bring their ideas to life.

The first 1,000 entrants receive a free science activity kit with hands-on projects related to the three science topics. Other prizes include science kits, science equipment and cool science toys.

The competition is open between October 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Visit the site for more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Good luck to all that enter!

Disclosure: Edmund Scientific has provided some of the great prizes for this competition.