An interesting take on the changing face of science education, Wired Science looks at the metamorphosis of toy chemistry sets of the past and compares to those found today. Check it out – Dangerous Science.
I had one of the more modern ones myself, and unfortunately it still sits, hardly used, in a closet. There certainly wasn’t anything that exploded (or indeed, very interesting) in that one. I sort of wish now that I could have been able to play with some old-fashioned sodium metal or nitric acid as a kid.