Bridge and Tower Building Kits

I always loved activities like this in school - they provide a real-life, hands-on example of how scientific concepts like physics, geometry, and technology apply to real life. Each kit includes the materials needed to build either a bridge or a tower model with real-life construction and engineering techniques. Once the structure is built, instructions tell you how to test the durability of the structure to its breaking point. It can be fun to have contests and see who's design is the best! Each kit includes pieces of balsa wood needed to construct one structure (about 15 pieces per kit), which are cut into strips that measure 1/8" x 1/8" x 24", 1 ounce bottle of wood glue, and instruction booklet. This booklet includes teaching tips, construction techniques for the various forms the structure could take, contest rules for comparing relative strength, a bit of general info about the history and engineering behind the structures, and, in the case of the tower kit, a large sheet of "B" sized graph paper to help with planning. With the wood pieces and helpful instructions and information, these kits provide a way to learn about physics and construction concepts in a realistic, hands-on way. ~ Rachel




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