Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Project Spotlight: 'Dino Pet' by Yonder Biology

Science is cool.  It's a fact that often gets obscured by complex formulas and words with too many syllables, but it's true.  Every once in a while we're lucky enough to be reminded how awesome science can be, whether it's from Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye the Science Guy or The Magic School Bus or Mythbusters.  Now there's another to add to the list: Yonder Biology's Dino Pet.

So what is the Dino Pet?  Simply put, it's an adorable dinosaur casing filled with bioluminescent dinoflagellates.  Remember when scientists made those rabbits glow?  Kind of like that in a way.  It's such a cool and unique way to introduce kids to a host of scientific concepts from bioluminescence to biology in general.  Plus, unlike, say, pets, it's easy to maintain and care for so it won't be a hassle.

There are a few lower reward tiers for backing Dino Pet, but let's be honest: you aren't going to back anything below the $40 tier to get your very own Dino Pet.  Anything else would just be silly.  Pledge up one level and you'll also get a bedtime storybook so your kids can have even more fun and learn even more about the Dino Pet.  There are a few tiers that mix and match the items you received (storybook, t-shirt, etc), some levels specifically for internationally backers, personalized Dino Pets, early-shipment options, and more, so I definitely recommend checking out their Kickstarter page to get an idea of what works best for you.  Plus, there's a lot of great information about the Dino Pet - the casing, the "dinos," how to care for it, and so on - that it's worth a read through.

Whether you back it for a child as an example of this crazy world or pick one up for yourself because, hey, who doesn't want a glowing pet, Dino Pet is absolutely a worthwhile project to support.  For now Dino Pet is a one-of-a-kind gift, but let's hope it leads to many more like-minded projects.  The future for science fun is looking very bright.


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