GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System

GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System

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Grades 1 and up. The "sun" shines onto the nine planets as they orbit around it. The central tower and planetary support rods are black so that they "disappear" in a darkened room for a spectacular effect! Replace the solar dome with the star dome includeto create a spectacular planetarium sky complete with major constellation names. In addition the base features a special 1000-hour light bulb and planetary longitude marks so the planets can be set up to their correct positions. The Solar System model is powered either by four C batteries (not included) or by an optional AC adapter (not included). EI-8702 AC Adapter $12.99

 

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Educational InsightsGeoSafari® Motorized Solar System
 
3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Educational (4)
  • Great optics (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (7)
  • Astrophotography (3)
  • Home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (7), Parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent learning activity!

I received the Geosafari Motorized Solar System for free in order to give a honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. My daughter is only 3 years old and is already interested in...Read complete review

I received the Geosafari Motorized Solar System for free in order to give a honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. My daughter is only 3 years old and is already interested in the solar system and so I knew she would adore this educational toy. This was very simple to put together. She loves it and doesn't mind to much but the motor is a little noisy. Tolerable, but noisy. I recommend purchasing the AC adaptor with this. As much as it engages children and they want to play with it for so long, it runs through batteries quickly. It also has a Stardome that coverts the unit into a planetarium which I think is awesome, although my daughter does not really understand it yet. I think its a great feature for when she gets a little older and cares to learn about the stars more. It does have small parts, so you must keep an eye on any younger children but I would recommend this for children under 8 as well, just because it is very educational and fun for younger kids to learn on as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didnt keep real time orbit around sun

Beside the motor that is obviously a piece of trash from previous comments and my own motor failing. The 2 other gripes I have is that it could at least come with a power...Read complete review

Beside the motor that is obviously a piece of trash from previous comments and my own motor failing. The 2 other gripes I have is that it could at least come with a power adapter for when the motor breaks down the planetarium will light up, instead of batteries, would lighten the sting of buying a poorly made motor. The last grip I have is where is the southern hemisphere dome for the planetarium part of it, would love to see those stars also. Just a little more and you guys got a hit!

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3.0

No power adapter included

By John

from Monroe, NY

About Me Grandparent

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy assembly
  • Educational
  • Engaging

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Indoor
  • Young Children

Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

We just received the GeoSafari Motorized Solar System and Planetarium and in the short period of time that we have been using it with our granddaughter, we noticed the planets all move at the same speed and relationship to each other. The bigger disappointment is that the toy does not come with a power adapter nor does it describe the type you need to purchase if you don't want to be dependent on batteries. We will still use this as our granddaughter is very keen to learn about the planets. However, there is some room for improvement.

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  • Yes

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2.0

GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT

By Haznavy

from Yokosuka, Japan

About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Educational
  • Engaging
  • Small

Cons

  • Astronomically Inaccurate
  • Bulbs
  • Doesn't Work
  • Flimsy
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Young Children

Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

Birthday present for my eldest son (5) who is very much into learning everything there is to know about the planets and our solar system.

Product arrived with one of two bulbs already bad. Neither the sun or the constellation hemispheres stay in place without masking tape. Motor never worked, never rotated the planets.

Very disappointed little boy.

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  • Yes

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Inferior Quality

By Mom for education

from Houston, TX

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

The first problem I had with this is that the screw for the battery compartment did not screw back in when I put batteries in. I heard the inner pieces fall out into the device, and had to to find my own screw that would fit to close it. Secondly, for the price I paid, I at least expected the planets to orbit in the correct speeds, not all at the same speed. I would rather spend a bit more for accuracy. The only educational value is in where the planets are in relation to each other?

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  • No

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5.0

Brilliant!

By Science Sparks

from Hampshire

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Effective Demonstration
  • Fun
  • Promotes Learning

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • School

    Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

    This is a really decent size, sturdy and easy to put together. My children LOVE it. A great addition to any classroom or home.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great as a Teaching Tool!

    By m_oachs

    from Burnsville, MN

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Educational
    • Great Optics
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

      This product is absolutely perfect for teaching children about the solar system! I love how it actually orbits around the sun to show how the solar system works!

      This tool is great for visual learners in the classroom or at home!

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice model of the solar system

      By MeetPenny.com

      from Mobile, Alabama USA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Homeschool

        Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

        I received this product in exchange for a review but opinions are my own.

        My children really enjoy watching the planets move around the sun. It makes a great visual aid when teaching them about the planets. When I was learning, all I had was flat pictures. ;)

        No, the planets do not move at different speeds but to have a product with such precise movement and timing would be much more expensive.

        The only problem we have experienced with the Educational Insights Geosafari Motorized Solar System is that the top of our sun falls off easily. I am thankful for the extra lightbulb and understand the need to have the top of the sun removable in order to change the lightbulb... I just wish it was hinged or snapped on better.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great learning tool!

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        By Amberlee Cave

        from Colfax, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Optics
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography
          • Bright Conditions
          • Travel

          Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

          I received this Solar System to review from Educational Insights. My youngest daughter is obsessed with just about everything in the sky. Before receiving this product she had a small push button light for her room that would project stars on the ceiling and we were both excited when we got the Solar System. Not only is it functional, but it is educational as well. I can tell her what the planets are and how they move around the sun and the best part is that she can also see it in motion with this! You can have the sun light up and just be yellow, or you can switch the top and it projects constellations on the ceiling which in my opinion is much better than just stars. She loves watching the planets circle around and loves pointing out the constellations on the ceiling. We have so much fun with this and I think it's great for all kids!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent learning activity!

          By NashvilleMommy1

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Optics

          Cons

          • Motor Is Loud

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

          I received the Geosafari Motorized Solar System for free in order to give a honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. My daughter is only 3 years old and is already interested in the solar system and so I knew she would adore this educational toy. This was very simple to put together. She loves it and doesn't mind to much but the motor is a little noisy. Tolerable, but noisy. I recommend purchasing the AC adaptor with this. As much as it engages children and they want to play with it for so long, it runs through batteries quickly. It also has a Stardome that coverts the unit into a planetarium which I think is awesome, although my daughter does not really understand it yet. I think its a great feature for when she gets a little older and cares to learn about the stars more. It does have small parts, so you must keep an eye on any younger children but I would recommend this for children under 8 as well, just because it is very educational and fun for younger kids to learn on as well.

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          5.0

          We loved it!

          By Angie k

          from st louis mo

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography
          • Terrestrial Viewing

          Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

          My 11 year old opened this and he loved it. We put it together very easily. The instructions were easy to follow and each planet is labeled as to the instructions for the order you place them. This was fun to use at home and would be a great item to add to anyone homeschooling and learning about the solar system. The only thing is that it was to big to sit on his dresser so we had to leave it on the floor which was no problem.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          good example of planets

          By tradgirl

          from milwaukee wis

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Educational Insights GeoSafari® Motorized Solar System:

            Solar system in motion.
            First off, the instructions were very well done . My 9 yr old son put this together in less then 15 min by himself . One thing he did notice was the machine itself is rather loud while it rotates. Also the light bulb is not as bright as it could.be, it's hard to see the constellations on the wall. Also it was a little hard to distinguish between which planets were which.
            He thought it was a very cool model. But has those ideas to pass on.

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            • Yes

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