"We exist to inspire millions of kids around the globe to learn, grow and impact their world through hands-on science."

-Frank Schaner, Founder

Ohio Educational Savings Program

Ohio Educational Savings Program

Home Science Tools is Proud to be an Approved Vendor

If you have been approved for the $1000 educational savings account by the Ohio Department of Education for the 2022 – 23 school year, you can use your funds sitewide or through the Home Science Tools portal on Merit's Ohio ACE App. Any purchase on our site is eligible, from microscopes and telescopes to science kits and curriculum. Start your enrollment today to purchase your hands-on science through the Ohio ACE Education Marketplace.

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Hands-On Science Other Families Love

Science Unlocked by Home Science Tools

Science Unlocked® is an all-in-one curriculum created by Home Science Tools. Everything that you need to teach science is included in every box. Science Unlocked can be purchased as an entire year bundle delivered right to your door, or one kit at a time to meet your learning goals. Each kit is designed to meet NGSS and simplify prep while offering a hands-on, engaging educational experience for both the teacher and the student.

Who Is Eligible? 

Parents of a homeschooled Ohio student (or students) in grades K-12 who meet eligibility requirements based on residency, income, or government social program participation are eligible for Ohio Ace Program funds.

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What Families are Saying about Home Science Tools
    • “My go to source for all home science equipment. Always shipped promptly and received in excellent condition due to fantastic fulfillment and shipping departments. You guys rock!”

      — Edwin L.

    • “Absolutely love the whole process from ordering to working with customer service over the phone, to the products & packaging we will definitely be using Home Science Tools Again.”

      — Melissa P.

    • “Home Science Tools has wonderful kits to walk my students through complex scientific concepts. The experiments are fun and informative. They are always quick on customer service and shipping.”

      — Jaime H.

    ACE Ohio FAQ's

    Home Science Tools is one of the approved Ohio Ace Program Providers. After placing your order and once you have received your invoice. Use the Ohio ACE app to log-in and manage your account. 

    When you're ready to submit a claim for reimbursement, head to the Ohio ACE app and click "Login with Merit." 

    You'll use the email address and password you created during the account set up process. 

    Before you can submit your first claim, you must first link your bank account.  Click the "Connect Bank Account" button and follow the instructions. 

    Click here to learn more. 

    Click here to apply. The updated ACE application for the 2022-2023 school year is open. The ACE application window for the 2023-2024 school year will open in July. 

    The receipts or invoices that are uploaded in the claim process should contain the following information: 

    • Name of person who purchased the service or good AND name of the child should always be included
    • Name of the service provider or vendor with contact details 
      Proof of payment - A receipt should clearly indicate that the payment was received by the service provider or vendor
    • List of items that were purchased.
    • The date of the service must be listed on the receipt. 

    You will receive your invoice once your order ships to ensure your invoice is correct, please view this example. Here is an example of what your emailed invoice will look like as well.

    If you need further assistance, please reach out to our Customer Service team

    Homeschool students in grades K-12 who meet the Ohio Department of Education requirements are eligible to receive $1000 towards education supplies and curriculum. Click here to read program eligibility.  

    Start by applying and getting accepted for the program. Then, find the kits, curriculum and supplies you’d like to purchase. Use Merit’s Ohio ACE app on the web, or for Android or iOS to submit claims*   

    The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program provides funds to a student’s parent or guardian to use on various enrichment and educational activities. The program is being offered through a contract between Merit International, Inc. and the Ohio Department of Education. 

    Eligible families are able to shop sitewide at Home Science Tools including from these popular categories. 

    Curriculum and Curriculum Kits

    Science Kits

    Physics & Engineering

    Yes, Home Science Tools is one of the approved Ohio Ace Program Providers. Our customer services team is happy to help! Click the chat circle at the bottom right of your screen on our website. You can also reach our customer service team by calling us at (406) 256-0990 or emailing us at [email protected].

    The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $1,000 credit per child. These funds can be used to pay for a variety of educational activities designed to help accelerate learning for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.