A hand-held, crank operated chemistry set

SPARK competition winner brings tiny chemical reactions to your classroom, house or lab

By Bethany Brookshire, 16:16 PM April 8, 2014

The next-generation chemistry set may look nothing like the one your parents used. It’s not a bunch of glassware or little bottles of chemicals. And hopefully there won’t be any explosions. Instead, it’s a small, hand-cranked machine that fits into the palm of your hand. It takes in bits of paper and serves as a platform for a safe, contained chemical reaction. This chemistry-kit-of-the-future should also be affordable; It may cost as little as $5 or $10.

The device, known as the “lab on a chip...

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