Educational toymaker Thames & Kosmos prepared the CHEM C1000 as the third chemistry set in its CHEM series to serve as an intermediate chemistry kit between beginner and advanced kits. Since it is not intended for an advanced student, it does include fewer experiments and not quite so much equipment as the advanced CHEM sets.
However, the fact that this is more of an intermediate kit does not detract from the high quality of the supplies, written learning materials or educational content of the CHEM C1000. These and other characteristics make it the clear choice for the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.
With the chemicals included in this kit, you can conduct 75 experiments. You get chemicals that are typically found in any household as well as specialty chemicals.
The C1000 is classified as a beginner’s kit and has a lot fewer experiments than the two higher-rated sets, with only 75 experiments compared to 250 for the C2000 set. Rather than paring down to the most basic experiments (which kids would find boring), this kit selects general experiments that are mostly educational, as well as some of the favorites from the higher-level kits like tests of electricity and chromatography. This kit lacks the food science and polymer experiments and many of the other specialized experiments of the C3000 but still offers experiments on a wide range of topics.
For students who have already demonstrated a moderate interest in/talent for science, the C1000 kit is a solid choice, but for the avid home chemist, these 75 experiments will not be substantial enough to provide more than a few weekends of entertainment. Additionally, the experiments in the C1000 do not reach the level of complexity of those in the C2000 and C3000, which is why this kit is appropriate for children aged 10 and up, as opposed to 12 and up for the C3000.
The CHEM C1000 comes with a much smaller set of supplies than the higher-rated sets, but it still includes everything you’ll need to complete the 75 experiments. This kit includes both glass and plastic equipment and some parts have sharp edges, so you should use care when unpacking and using your kit. A major feature missing from the C1000 that appears in both the C2000 and C3000 is the alcohol burner, but this kit does include some fire elements such as identifying elements by holding them in a flame and observing the color change.
The supply tray for the C1000 looks meager compared to the higher-rated CHEM sets, but without the addition of the alcohol burner this kit requires a bit less parental supervision and could therefore encourage your young chemist to feel more independent and self-sufficient in his/her home lab. Through the course of conducting the experiments in the CHEM series chemistry sets, the goal is for your child to become more confident following procedures (the rules for proper experimentation are included in all the CHEM kits) and to enjoy a more hands-on learning style.
The CHEM C1000 comes with only seven chemicals, but there is a sufficient supply to reuse the same chemicals for multiple experiments and to repeat experiments more than once. As this kit is designed more for beginners than advanced users, it contains an introductory set of chemical experiments but nothing involving very harsh or dangerous chemicals. That said, all chemicals can be dangerous if used improperly and you should make sure your child uses care when handling and cleaning up chemicals. The manual included with the kit has information about disposing of chemicals and cleaning your equipment.
This kit got higher ratings for its chemicals not because it has more, but because it contains all the chemicals you need to do the included experiments.
The C1000 kit comes with a detailed experiment procedure manual that includes background information on each experiment and some general guidelines for proper, safe experimentation. The manual also has details on cleaning up after your experiments. Part of the goal of the experiment manual in the CHEM series is to help cement students’ ability to follow procedures, and to extract greater scientific understanding by observing scientific principles in action. Thus, your child will gain a lot more from this kit by reading the entire manual carefully, following the instructions exactly and practicing the proper procedures at all times.
The CHEM C1000 is the most advanced of our beginner level chemistry sets, so it is basic enough that your child can begin conducting experiments fairly quickly, but the experiments are complex and entertaining enough to hold your child’s interest.
The needed chemicals are included and the equipment is reusable.
You get less equipment with this kit than with the advanced kits, but there are still plenty of experiments to do.
The CHEM C1000 serves as a vital link between starter chemistry sets and the more advanced variety. You get 75 experiments and plenty of good instruction with this chemistry set.