Nowadays, children’s science kits consist of items you already have at home – magnets, salts, balloons, etc. However, things used to be much different in the early 1950s when children had the opportunity to play with really great science kits containing uranium ore. The famous Atomic Energy Lab kit was available only for a short period of time – from 1951 to 1952 – and it was quite costly – $50.
At that time the science kit was made of a Geiger counter, a spinthariscope, four various kinds of uranium ore, an electroscope, a mini cloud chamber and a comic book with educational texts. The kit allowed children to make different scientific experiments at home, to learn more about atomic energy and the way radioactive materials work. Kids were also stimulated to look for new uranium sources following a special manual included in the kit. The US government even offered an award amounting $10,000 for genuine discoveries.