All your inquisitive kid needs to join the Top Secret Science Club is some imagination, a willingness to have a blast, and a subscription to one to the best kids box kits, that just happened to be invented by an 8 year old LA native! No secret handshake required, though you’re more than welcome to invent one.

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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
Created by 8 year-old Angeleno, Max (yes you read that right, he’s just 8!), this monthly subscription kit is aimed at enticing kids ages 5-10 to develop a love of all things science. Each kit revolves around a story line starring Max and his younger sister Grace. They discover their grandfather’s secret time machine and use it to travel back and meet famous scientists and inventors, like Thomas Edison or the Wright Brothers, who will help them solve a science related mystery. The stories are inspired by The Magic Treehouse series, explains Max’s mom, Jacki, who helps Max run his start-up company and bring to life all his amazing story ideas and experiments.

Science Club Story Bookphoto: Shahrzad Warkentin

Your own little scientists can jump right into the story with Max and Grace and use the 3-5 experiments that come with the kit to help solve the mission. The idea is to make it a play-based learning experience, rather than just a straight box filled with science activities. Our kid tester loved the idea of playing dress-up in a homemade lab coat (aka mom’s old dress shirt) while learning all about polymers, like silly putty. Your whole family will have fun (and actually learn something) getting your hands messy using the ingredients provided in the box to make things, like sticky slime. By the end, our tester was definitely hooked and ready to don her lab coat for more science adventures.

Science Club Slimephoto: Shahrzad Warkentin

The Kid Behind The Kit
We spoke with Max, whose official title is Chief Kid Officer, to find out more about his awesome invention.

Red Tricycle: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Max: I’m eight and a half, I live in Los Angeles, and I’m in second grade. I like dinosaurs, going to Hawaii, and reading Harry Potter. I also love doing science, but there isn’t much in school.

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Red Tricycle: How did you come up with the idea for your kit?

Max: I really like dinosaurs. I once discovered a real dinosaur fossil at an excavation site in Colorado. At first I wanted to make a dinosaur kit, but then I realized I really wanted kids everywhere to learn to love science like me. So I came up with a kit that lets kids pretend and have an adventure while they learn.

Red Tricycle: What makes your box different than other subscription kits?

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Max: I had gotten other science subscriptions, but they had no story. It’s a science box, but we have a story. You’re not just learning how a polymer is made, but using it to save an astronaut.

Also I want to help all kids learn about science, not just rich kids. I heard about TOMS shoes one-for-one project and I wanted to do the same with my subscription. When you sign up for a 12-month subscription we send a box to a kid in need.

Red Tricycle: Any words of wisdom?

Max: I think if a garbage man can’t be a scientist because someone has to collect garbage, let’s invent a robot to do it, then the garbage man can be a scientist too.

Science Club Whats Insidephoto: Shahrzad Warkentin

Start Your Science Engines
The Top Secret Science Club is currently in pre-order until they reach 100 orders and then they will begin shipping. You can sign up month-to-month for $24.99 per month, or if you purchase a 12-month subscription during pre-order you will receive one box for free; in other words you will get all 12 for the price of 11 and the company will also send a free kit to a child in need. Check out their website for more information on ordering.

Online: topsecretscienceclub.com

Are you ready to join the Top Secret Science Club? What are some of your kids favorite box subscriptions? Share them in the comments!

—Shahrzad Warkentin