Thames & Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) is a publisher of over 120 science kits for kids of all ages, which cover topics such as biology, physics, astronomy, and alternative energy. It places an emphasis on teaching real-world issues and practical skills through hands-on experimentation and comprehensive reading materials. T&K operates as the exclusive North American subsidiary of the 188-year-old, German-based publishing house, Kosmos. T&K translates, rewrites, and distributes Kosmos's science kits, and started to design its own kits in 2005. It also produces kits licensed under other brands, such as National Geographic and The Dangerous Book for Boys.
T&K has won dozens of awards, including eight awards from Parents' Choice Award, "Best Overall Chemistry Set" from The Wall Street Journal for its CHEM C3000 in 2006, "One of Toy Fair’s Hottest New Products" from The Early Show for its Candy Factory in 2006, and two awards from Dr. Toy in 2004.