Trebuchet (Medieval Siege Engines)

Trebuchet (Medieval Siege Engines)

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Item #: 038316
Grades: 4-AD

Product Description:

20 x 11 x 24. Throws small objects under 1" in diameter over 20 feet. Includes miniature plastic balls.

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.




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
4
Grade End
AD
EAN
094922617163
Format
Other
Brand Name
Pathfinders Design + Technology
Weight
1.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
4.62" x 20.25" x 2.75"
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A very smart girl asked me for something to build
daryl a on Dec 13, 2018
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Donald M on Nov 17, 2017
A very smart girl asked me for something to build
daryl a on Dec 13, 2018
Gift for a scientist who is still a 9 year old at heart
Allison K on Dec 6, 2017
Same
Donald M on Nov 17, 2017
Stephen said it was fun! =D
Jee S on Nov 13, 2017
As recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, 4th edition. Also, it looks cool and sturdy.
Charity on Sep 18, 2016
Gift for a scientist who is still a 9 year old at heart
Allison K on Dec 6, 2017
Stephen said it was fun! =D
Jee S on Nov 13, 2017
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Junior high students had a great time building this! The only negative is some dowels need to be cut in short sections, for which they say to use scissors. Scissors just do not do the job well. We did this as a class project, and I had to take home the dowels to cut them. It was too difficult and time-consuming for the students to do.
May 15, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Nice!
Bought for a project for our 6 year old and Dad to put together. Our 12 year old son joined the crew and they all really enjoyed the project. They have really enjoyed launching all sorts of things too! Asked our 6 year old what he thinks of it weeks after it has been built and he says "It's nice!!" With large happy eyes :)
March 13, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago

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