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New Kickstarter Teaches Science Through Toys

Former physicist Anton Skorucak launches Discovery Capsule, a monthly subscription service for fun, educational toys.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "A smart child is always a curious one." That's what physicist-turned-entrepreneur Anton Skorucak said in explaining his reasons for creating Discovery Capsule, a monthly subscription service providing educational toys and products for kids ages 6-12.

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"I noticed the popularity of other subscription boxes for food, clothes and makeup and thought there should be a monthly service providing fun, educational toys," said Skorucak. "Kids can learn while they play with Discovery Capsule."

Skorucak gave up a career working in physics research and development because he wanted to inspire a new generation to the wonders of science.  He founded xUmp.com, an online store providing science toys and equipment before launching Discovery Capsule.

Every box or "capsule" carries a different theme related to STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  One month might be a space themed – with such items as a mini space shuttle, astronaut ice cream and an actual meteorite.   Another month could be about dinosaurs, featuring a T-Rex action figure, dino skeleton dig kit and genuine fossilized tooth.  All the capsules include an activity guide as well as an info sheet explaining the science behind some of the items.

"Kids are naturally inquisitive. They always ask lots of questions. Why is the sky blue? How does a compass work? What causes lightning to strike?" said Skorucak. "It's important that kids can discover the answers because that's what makes them smarter."

Over the years, the US has fallen behind other countries in STEM education. In an effort to improve the way science is taught in our classroom, schools across the country have been implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.  These standards encourage students to develop analytical skills that are key to scientific methodology and connect to the modern world.  Discovery Capsule integrates lesson plans from this new curriculum when designing each box.  For instance they will learn how electricity flows by designing their own circuits with a solar cell, switch and a light bulb. The additional exposure to STEM subjects can also give kids a leg up in the classroom. 

Discovery Capsule will be launched through a Kickstarter Campaign on Thursday August 28, 2014 with first capsules shipping in December of this year. Several subscription options are available, starting as low as $20 per month with free shipping within contiguous US. The crowd funding page includes a philanthropic donation level aimed at providing STEM products to underprivileged school children.

Skorucak hopes to keep promoting science to future generations through fun educational products. 

"Kids learn more when they're having fun," Skorucak adds.

Discovery Capsule makes the perfect gift to encourage a child to be curious and keep learning. 

Media parties interested in learning more about Discovery Capsule can visit www.DiscoveryCapsule.com for a link to the Kickstarter campaign and contact Anton Skorucak at 562-492-9560 ext. 701 or Email.

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