Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge

# 009172

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Item #: 009172
Grades: 4-AD

Product Description:

28 x 4 x 11. Uses a wooden bevel gear and crank to swing open and closed.

Publisher Description:

Our Swing bridge kit is based on the Newcastle-upon-Tyne swing bridge, which has an elegant arch design.Swing bridges are less commonly constructed now, but some new designs are very cool. While traditional swing bridges used a truss design, more often we now see swing bridges with the suspension design and a cantilevered style.

Category Description for 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

Category Description for Pathfinders Wooden Model Kits:

The main purpose of these all-natural, untreated wood kits is to demonstrate scientific principles in action. Heres how they work: each kit comes as a set of pre-cut wooden pieces, which are assembled according to illustrated black and white instructions. Once you finish putting everything together, the set becomes a fully-functional scientific or historical representation. The catapult, for example, stands at 8 tall, 5 wide, and can fling small objects over 15 feet. But its not just a glued-together wooden frame with a rubber band attached; these kits are put together almost precisely how the real thing was, using only authentic parts. Small wooden pegs (miniature versions of the huge pegs used in the real deal) connect crossbars, supports, and pieces of the frame just as nails would in modern-day building projects. A tiny rope strung through the middle and wound by torsion bars gives the catapult its power, allowing it to hurl miniature stand-ins such as fruit, marshmallows, or even tiny rocks in the exact same way several-hundred-pound projectiles were once thrown in medieval times.

The attention to detail and precise engineering of these kits is absolutely wonderful. While this level of complexity increases the time it takes to put together these kits (about 1 to 2 hours), it also drastically improves the functionality and realism. Kids can learn not only how modern and medieval inventions were put together, but they can also see the scientific principles in action that make them work. The creator of these kits even suggests combining the medieval siege weapons with math and physics lessons to learn about trajectories and graphing. The hydraulics-powered Robotic Arm is a great example of a scientific principle in action. Using three different syringes on a control panel of sorts, the arm can be used to move up and down, turn, and grab objects between two foam panels.

All kits are fully interactive. Catapults and trebuchets throw things, bridges can turn and lift using cranks and other wooden controls, and hydraulic machines can be controlled by liquid-filled syringes. These kits are also made to be supplemented with other toys; kids can use LEGO figures or other toys to man siege engines or operate bridge controls as a miniature train or other vehicle starts to cross. For more advanced builders and artists, all kits can be painted piece-by-piece to look even better.

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Pathfinders Design + Technology
0.95 (lbs.)
3.75" x 12.88" x 2.25"
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i am a pre k teacher currently teaching unit on bridges
Rupa S on Feb 4, 2019
i am a pre k teacher currently teaching unit on bridges
Rupa S on Feb 4, 2019
I didn't choose this item. I chose the mechanical bridge.
Sally B on Sep 15, 2017
I didn't choose this item. I chose the mechanical bridge.
Sally B on Sep 15, 2017
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