Connor Knows Science

Who better to design science kits for kids than a kid who really knows his science? When Connor Bernstein was 9 years old, he started making his own science kits and sharing them with his friends. As word spread about the kits, Connor’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. With help from his mom, he turned his passion for science and love of experimenting into a real business. Today, Connor's Science Kits for Kids include easy-to-follow instructions, a generous portion of ingredients (safe and nontoxic) and a price point for “allowance budgets.” Most importantly, Connor's kits achieve that tricky balance between being too hard and too easy. They’re difficult enough to challenge kids, yet satisfying in a way that makes science a blast. Linda Waters, founder of Confidence Beads, told us about Connor (who’s now 17) after she met him at a trade show and was wowed by his ideas. Four different kits are available: You can get gooey with Connor’s Polymer Power Kit, crystallized with his Crystal Explosion Kit, green with his Plant Pals kit and nurturing with Insta-pets kit. Are you ready to experiment?

Connor's Kits for Kids

Science Kits

Connor Knows Science

Who better to design science kits for kids than a kid who really knows his science? When Connor Bernstein was 9 years old, he started making his own science kits and sharing them with his friends. As word spread about the kits, Connor’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. With help from his mom, he turned his passion for science and love of experimenting into a real business. Today, Connor's Science Kits for Kids include easy-to-follow instructions, a generous portion of ingredients (safe and nontoxic) and a price point for “allowance budgets.” Most importantly, Connor's kits achieve that tricky balance between being too hard and too easy. They’re difficult enough to challenge kids, yet satisfying in a way that makes science a blast. Linda Waters, founder of Confidence Beads, told us about Connor (who’s now 17) after she met him at a trade show and was wowed by his ideas. Four different kits are available: You can get gooey with Connor’s Polymer Power Kit, crystallized with his Crystal Explosion Kit, green with his Plant Pals kit and nurturing with Insta-pets kit. Are you ready to experiment?

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Connor
    Connor

    Hey! I'm Connor, the 16-year-old founder of Connor's Science Universe for Kids. My science kits are a fun and easy way to get kids as young as 4 years old (with parental supervision) excited about science! I'm so happy for the opportunity to share my kits with you all on Daily Grommet today, and I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have.

  • stellamojo
    stellamojo
    3/1/2011 1:12 PM

    Connor, you are AWESOME! They'll make great birthday gifts for my grandsons.

  • Deanna Gibbons
    Deanna Gibbons
    3/1/2011 1:21 PM

    These are wonderful! My 7 year old daughter loves science and these experiments are going to have her busy!

  • NanniPam
    NanniPam
    3/1/2011 1:22 PM

    You are an AMAZING young man - fantastic idea! Great gifts for my grandkids!!

  • VictorK
    VictorK
    3/1/2011 2:24 PM

    Good going Connor!!! Great price points as well. Always refreshing to see young inventor's live their passion. Congrats!

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    3/1/2011 2:40 PM

    Hi Connor! This is great and I'd like to purchase for my upcoming nephew sitting trip. Curious if I will be able to get them through customs from the US to Costa Rica. Any thoughts?

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/1/2011 2:51 PM

    @Cynthia: Great question. We've just started looking at the laws regarding import/export of some of the materials in the kits (like brine shrimp eggs and plant seeds) so I'm really not sure about Awesome Insta-pets and Plant Pals. You should be fine bringing along a Crystal Explosion or Polymer Power kit in a checked bag though. If you do bring a kit along, let me know how it goes!

  • Will Hill
    Will Hill
    3/1/2011 2:42 PM

    Way to go, Connor!! I love your idea that helps kids! I love how you pursue your passion and help others to do the same. So, what's next?

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/1/2011 2:54 PM

    @Will Hill: Thanks! I have several more kit ideas in the works, and am always looking for new ideas and suggestions. Aside from my kits, I visit classrooms in struggling districts across the country for free to do science activities with the students. I'm working on expanding my classroom outreach to as many schools and after school programs as I can.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/1/2011 2:52 PM

    Connor - these are so cool and I agree with everyone that you are amazing. I also have to believe you have some pretty incredible parents!

    @All -- Connor is including a bag with your order of three kits:

  • Linda Waters
    Linda Waters
    3/1/2011 3:54 PM

    Congrats, Connor!

  • Jenny Panichi
    Jenny Panichi
    3/1/2011 7:43 PM

    Connor, I would love for you to visit the elementary school where I teach. Is it possible to organize a visit?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/1/2011 8:49 PM

    @Jenny Panichi: I will put you two in contact!

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/1/2011 10:01 PM

    @Jenny Panichi: I'd be happy to talk with you about a visit, Jenny! Could you please send her my email address, Katherine?

  • V Valdez
    V Valdez
    3/2/2011 11:18 AM

    ? what happens once you get the pet going..Do you put it in a fish bowl or aquarium?..Or release it in a pond or river?..Thank You VV

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/2/2011 11:33 AM

    @V Valdez: Great question. Connor is in school right now but we'll have him stop back to respond when he can.

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/2/2011 1:17 PM

    @V Valdez: The kit comes with a cup to hatch and raise your Insta-pets in. Insta-pets grow to be up to 3/4" long, so you don't need to worry about them outgrowing their cup.

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/2/2011 4:18 PM

    @V Valdez: An interesting fact about Insta-pets (brine shrimp) is that they live naturally in areas of high salt concentration. The eggs that I use in the Insta-pets kit come from San Francisco Bay but brine shrimp also live in some parts of the ocean, as well as the Great Salt Lake. Your Insta-pets probably wouldn't survive if you released them into the wild (it would have to be an area of saltwater) because they could be eaten by fish.

    If you want to provide more living space for your Insta-pets or hatch twice as many, you can just double the amount of water and pour in an extra bag of Magic Mix (there's step by step instructions on how to do this in the kit).

  • p
    p
    4/28/2011 9:59 PM

    What is the recommended age group for these items?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/28/2011 10:12 PM

    @p growette: Ages 8 and up can do these kits independently, ages 4-7 may need some adult support.

  •  sue2earth
    sue2earth
    6/15/2012 4:45 PM

    Hi Connor, I am interested in the Crystal Kit. How many times (experiments) does the kit provide? More details please :)

    Thank you, Sue

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    6/18/2012 1:00 PM

    @ sue2earth: The Crystal Explosion Kit will let you have fun with 3 fun experiments to grow 3 different kinds of crystals, the last of which grows an awesome mega crystal!

  •  ashley k
    ashley k
    8/29/2012 3:56 PM

    This are really great. Congrats. I would love to speak with you about visiting my sons school. Let me know if we can get in touch to see if that is possible ! Thank you

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/29/2012 5:41 PM

    @ ashley k: Thank you for your interest in having Connor visit with your son & classmates. Connor shares why classroom outreach is important to him: "I know that inspiring the next generation of scientists starts with positive science experiences at an early age. That’s why I use a portion of Kits for Kids profits so I can visit elementary and middle school classrooms and lead exciting science activities with students. I also speak to students about the importance of entrepreneurship and the pursuit of life goals. My main focus is struggling, underprivileged schools."

    Please email Connor at [email protected] to discuss a classroom visit.

  •  Judy Landis
    Judy Landis
    8/30/2012 1:21 AM

    Weren't brine shrimp once called Sea Monkeys? I had these as a child 50 years ago shared with my daughter 25 years later and now I am interested for my grand children. Thank you for your time.

    Judy

  • Christine Cunningham
    Christine Cunningham
    8/31/2012 9:45 AM

    Do you have a FaceBook page or a link I can use to post you to FaceBook?

  •  Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    8/31/2012 10:46 AM

    @Christine Cunningham We sure do! We'd love for you to join our Facebook community as well. Here's our page: Daily Grommet on Facebook

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/31/2012 11:34 AM

    @Christine Cunningham: You can also click the Facebook Like button (in "Share with your friends." section on far right) on the featured Grommet page. Thank you for raving about us to your community.

  • Charlie Forschner
    Charlie Forschner
    10/9/2012 9:36 PM

    Thats awesome Conner. Keep up the good work!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Connor's Kits for Kids

Science Kits

Connor Knows Science

Who better to design science kits for kids than a kid who really knows his science? When Connor Bernstein was 9 years old, he started making his own science kits and sharing them with his friends. As word spread about the kits, Connor’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. With help from his mom, he turned his passion for science and love of experimenting into a real business.

Today, Connor's Science Kits for Kids include easy-to-follow instructions, a generous portion of ingredients (safe and nontoxic) and a price
point for “allowance budgets.” Most importantly, Connor's kits achieve that tricky balance between being too hard and too easy. They’re difficult enough to challenge kids, yet satisfying in a way that makes science a blast.

Linda Waters, founder of Confidence Beads, told us about Connor (who’s now 17) after she met him at a trade show and was wowed by his ideas. Four different kits are available: You can get gooey with Connor’s Polymer Power Kit, crystallized with his Crystal Explosion Kit, green with his Plant Pals kit and nurturing with Insta-pets kit. Are you ready to experiment?
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Connor
    Connor

    Hey! I'm Connor, the 16-year-old founder of Connor's Science Universe for Kids. My science kits are a fun and easy way to get kids as young as 4 years old (with parental supervision) excited about science! I'm so happy for the opportunity to share my kits with you all on Daily Grommet today, and I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have.

  • stellamojo
    stellamojo
    3/1/2011 1:12 PM

    Connor, you are AWESOME! They'll make great birthday gifts for my grandsons.

  • Deanna Gibbons
    Deanna Gibbons
    3/1/2011 1:21 PM

    These are wonderful! My 7 year old daughter loves science and these experiments are going to have her busy!

  • NanniPam
    NanniPam
    3/1/2011 1:22 PM

    You are an AMAZING young man - fantastic idea! Great gifts for my grandkids!!

  • VictorK
    VictorK
    3/1/2011 2:24 PM

    Good going Connor!!! Great price points as well. Always refreshing to see young inventor's live their passion. Congrats!

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    3/1/2011 2:40 PM

    Hi Connor! This is great and I'd like to purchase for my upcoming nephew sitting trip. Curious if I will be able to get them through customs from the US to Costa Rica. Any thoughts?

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/1/2011 2:51 PM

    @Cynthia: Great question. We've just started looking at the laws regarding import/export of some of the materials in the kits (like brine shrimp eggs and plant seeds) so I'm really not sure about Awesome Insta-pets and Plant Pals. You should be fine bringing along a Crystal Explosion or Polymer Power kit in a checked bag though. If you do bring a kit along, let me know how it goes!

  • Will Hill
    Will Hill
    3/1/2011 2:42 PM

    Way to go, Connor!! I love your idea that helps kids! I love how you pursue your passion and help others to do the same. So, what's next?

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/1/2011 2:54 PM

    @Will Hill: Thanks! I have several more kit ideas in the works, and am always looking for new ideas and suggestions. Aside from my kits, I visit classrooms in struggling districts across the country for free to do science activities with the students. I'm working on expanding my classroom outreach to as many schools and after school programs as I can.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/1/2011 2:52 PM

    Connor - these are so cool and I agree with everyone that you are amazing. I also have to believe you have some pretty incredible parents!

    @All -- Connor is including a bag with your order of three kits:

  • Linda Waters
    Linda Waters
    3/1/2011 3:54 PM

    Congrats, Connor!

  • Jenny Panichi
    Jenny Panichi
    3/1/2011 7:43 PM

    Connor, I would love for you to visit the elementary school where I teach. Is it possible to organize a visit?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/1/2011 8:49 PM

    @Jenny Panichi: I will put you two in contact!

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/1/2011 10:01 PM

    @Jenny Panichi: I'd be happy to talk with you about a visit, Jenny! Could you please send her my email address, Katherine?

  • V Valdez
    V Valdez
    3/2/2011 11:18 AM

    ? what happens once you get the pet going..Do you put it in a fish bowl or aquarium?..Or release it in a pond or river?..Thank You VV

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/2/2011 11:33 AM

    @V Valdez: Great question. Connor is in school right now but we'll have him stop back to respond when he can.

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/2/2011 1:17 PM

    @V Valdez: The kit comes with a cup to hatch and raise your Insta-pets in. Insta-pets grow to be up to 3/4" long, so you don't need to worry about them outgrowing their cup.

  • Connor
    Connor – Special Guest
    3/2/2011 4:18 PM

    @V Valdez: An interesting fact about Insta-pets (brine shrimp) is that they live naturally in areas of high salt concentration. The eggs that I use in the Insta-pets kit come from San Francisco Bay but brine shrimp also live in some parts of the ocean, as well as the Great Salt Lake. Your Insta-pets probably wouldn't survive if you released them into the wild (it would have to be an area of saltwater) because they could be eaten by fish.

    If you want to provide more living space for your Insta-pets or hatch twice as many, you can just double the amount of water and pour in an extra bag of Magic Mix (there's step by step instructions on how to do this in the kit).

  • p
    p
    4/28/2011 9:59 PM

    What is the recommended age group for these items?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/28/2011 10:12 PM

    @p growette: Ages 8 and up can do these kits independently, ages 4-7 may need some adult support.

  •  sue2earth
    sue2earth
    6/15/2012 4:45 PM

    Hi Connor, I am interested in the Crystal Kit. How many times (experiments) does the kit provide? More details please :)

    Thank you, Sue

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    6/18/2012 1:00 PM

    @ sue2earth: The Crystal Explosion Kit will let you have fun with 3 fun experiments to grow 3 different kinds of crystals, the last of which grows an awesome mega crystal!

  •  ashley k
    ashley k
    8/29/2012 3:56 PM

    This are really great. Congrats. I would love to speak with you about visiting my sons school. Let me know if we can get in touch to see if that is possible ! Thank you

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/29/2012 5:41 PM

    @ ashley k: Thank you for your interest in having Connor visit with your son & classmates. Connor shares why classroom outreach is important to him: "I know that inspiring the next generation of scientists starts with positive science experiences at an early age. That’s why I use a portion of Kits for Kids profits so I can visit elementary and middle school classrooms and lead exciting science activities with students. I also speak to students about the importance of entrepreneurship and the pursuit of life goals. My main focus is struggling, underprivileged schools."

    Please email Connor at [email protected] to discuss a classroom visit.

  •  Judy Landis
    Judy Landis
    8/30/2012 1:21 AM

    Weren't brine shrimp once called Sea Monkeys? I had these as a child 50 years ago shared with my daughter 25 years later and now I am interested for my grand children. Thank you for your time.

    Judy

  • Christine Cunningham
    Christine Cunningham
    8/31/2012 9:45 AM

    Do you have a FaceBook page or a link I can use to post you to FaceBook?

  •  Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    8/31/2012 10:46 AM

    @Christine Cunningham We sure do! We'd love for you to join our Facebook community as well. Here's our page: Daily Grommet on Facebook

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/31/2012 11:34 AM

    @Christine Cunningham: You can also click the Facebook Like button (in "Share with your friends." section on far right) on the featured Grommet page. Thank you for raving about us to your community.

  • Charlie Forschner
    Charlie Forschner
    10/9/2012 9:36 PM

    Thats awesome Conner. Keep up the good work!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.