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About Home Science Tools

Home Science Tools is a resource for parents, teachers, and kids who want a better experience with hands-on science.


Frank and Debbie Schaner started the company in 1994, when they realized how difficult it was to find the right supplies for doing science at home with their four children. Since then, they've been committed to making science both fun and accessible for families and classrooms.

No longer in the Schaners' spare closet—where the first products were stored—Home Science Tools has expanded over the years to serve the wide range of science needs of parents and teachers throughout the country. Our 16,000-square-foot facility ensures most products are in stock, so your order can be shipped the same or next business day. Streamlined operations provide increased efficiency, saving you money through low prices!

Thanks to Frank's chemical engineering background, Home Science Tools was founded with real science experience.We evaluate each product we offer to make sure that it's good quality and has strong educational value so that when you order from us, you're sure of getting real tools that will encourage science exploration.

Watch our ABOUT US video to learn more about Home Science Tools.

Our building at 665 CarbonMaking science hands-on and easier to do can have a significant impact for the future. As Frank says, "Our purpose at Home Science Tools is to provide families and schools with the tools they need to give their children and students a better science education. We believe our service is helping to develop today's kids into the faithful and competent scientists, medical professionals, engineers, and teachers of tomorrow."

So what does our enthusiasm about science mean for you? We don't just offer the best educational hands-on science supplies; we also guarantee your satisfaction with them. If you are at all dissatisfied with one of our products, you're covered by our 90-day return policy. And if you have questions about our products, our knowledgeable customer service team members are glad to help. Reach our customer service team by emailing service@homesciencetools.com or calling 1(800) 860-6272.

The Home Science Tools crew We strive to provide the best "behind the scenes" service, too. Our warehouse crew works hard to make sure that your order arrives quickly and accurately with a total error rate that's consistently well below 1% of all orders shipped. Our in-house Quality Control team carefully checks all our microscopes and other equipment before we ship it, ensuring products you order arrive ready to use and in excellent condition.

Home Science Tools is located in Billings, Montana, along the Yellowstone River. If you're ever in town, stop by our store! (Find directions here.)



Your site is exceptionally easy to navigate and order from. Your ordering process is very smooth... so easy to keep up with the shopping cart and figure out the shipping options. My goodies arrived on the day expected... Every item was packaged carefully and is better than what I expected. I now have a home lab set up for teaching (and experimenting...) with professional quality tools that are very reasonably priced. I wish I'd found your site years ago! I will recommend your company to other homeschoolers and to anyone who wants/needs science equipment. —Brenda P, Alabama