Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers

Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers

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Skyscrapers stand tall without falling over. Bridges span great distances without collapsing. Introduce your inquisitive children to the forces of physics and structural elements that create magnificent structures. Beginning with small models, children will learn about basic structural elements including columns, beams, trusses, plates, arches, shells and catenary. Explore forces such as tension, compression, shear and torsion before moving into more complex models of trusses, roofs and small buildings. They will also experiment with different types of bridge constructions: truss, arch, suspension and cable-stayed bridges. Material strength and stiffness are investigated as they learn how structural engineers maximize safety and minimize cost at the risk of structural failure. Full color lab manual includes step by step illustrated directions to complete 20 experiments in 3 levels (easy, medium and hard), vocabulary definitions, "Did You Know" and "What's Happening?" explanations, and more. Kit includes 323 pieces. Bring STEM alive to your children with this quality Thames & Kosmos experiment kit! ~ Deanne

Secondary Description:

Models 20
Piece Count 323
Manual Pages 44

Publisher Description:

Do you ever wonder how bridges span huge distances and how skyscrapers stay standing? Structural engineers use physics and their knowledge of the properties of building materials and geometric shapes to design structures with sufficient strength and stability.

With this kit of modular building pieces, you can learn the basics of structural engineering by conducting a series of 20 model-building experiments. Each model demonstrates a basic principle of mechanical physics or structural engineering in a hands-on way.

Start out with small models that demonstrate how structural elements can be attached together to maximize the strength of a structure for a fixed amount of material used. Learn about basic structural elements including columns, beams, trusses, plates, arches, shells, and catenary. Explore the forces acting on structural components including tension, compression, shear, and bending.

Move onto building more complex models of trusses, roofs, and small buildings. Experiment with different types of bridge construction: a truss bridge, arch bridge, cantilever bridge, rope bridge, and suspension bridge. Finally, build models of towering skyscrapers. What is the tallest tower you can build using only the pieces included in the kit?

Learn about the strength and stiffness of materials. See how structural engineers optimize factors to maximize safety, and minimize cost and the risk of structural failure.

A 44-page, full-color manual guides you through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions.

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Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
3
Grade End
AD
EAN
814743012585
Format
Other
Brand Name
Thames and Kosmos
Weight
2.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.5" x 14.5" x 3.25"
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To begin studying engineering
Johana M on Jun 13, 2021
My boys like putting things together and learn from this kind of thing.
Rebecca M on Jul 12, 2020
To begin studying engineering
Johana M on Jun 13, 2021
Seems interesting
Daniel L on Feb 14, 2021
My boys like putting things together and learn from this kind of thing.
Rebecca M on Jul 12, 2020
To supplement Masterbooks applied engineering course
Kyne G on Jun 7, 2019
Son is studying engineering
John D on Dec 15, 2018
My son is an engineer and wants to teach his son
Laurie B on Dec 8, 2018
My grandchild chose this.
Cecylia O on Dec 2, 2018
Looks like a great challenge /support for students in our Tech Ed class. We'll use it as an anchor and accommodation for our students with needs.
Robert F on Mar 20, 2018
Just the sort of kit that will intrigue my grandson!
James G on Dec 10, 2017
Seems interesting
Daniel L on Feb 14, 2021
To supplement Masterbooks applied engineering course
Kyne G on Jun 7, 2019
Do you have the Structural Engineering, Bridges & Skyscraper Kit in stock?
A shopper on Dec 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, this item is not in stock at the moment. We expect it about mid-January.
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