Fantastic Underwater Science Voyage (Pepper Mint)
Join Pepper Mint in the Bermuda Triangle as you learn about water and hydraulics. Work through six experiments and designs including: a working flag mast, a ship crane, a rocking ship, a giant snapper, a ship propeller, and the wonder of water (principles of hydraulics and how water transfers force.)
In this story-based STEM kit, Pepper Mint accompanies an expedition to the Bermuda Triangle. Soon she discovers that the ocean water there behaves in strange and unexpected ways. When the onboard systems of the research vessel fail, Pepper Mint figures out how to use water to make simple hydraulic machines and conduct experiments with pressure and density. The accompanying story takes the characters from experiment to experiment and shows them how to power small machines with the help of water. Pepper Mint constructs a rig to raise and lower the ship's flag and a series of hydraulic devices including a ship's crane. A deep-sea fish with big snapping jaws is modeled using a scissors mechanism. Finally, Pepper Mint fixes the ship's propeller and discovers it produces a lot of tiny air bubbles, which inspires the creation of an electric bubble-blowing machine with a propeller. The experiments teach lessons in mechanical physics, electric circuits, and physical science principles related to water and air. The kit includes materials to build the boat and do the projects, a full-color illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, as well as a scale Pepper Mint figurine.
Engineering and science. It's what makes the world work! Pepper Mint, an eleven-year-old girl, loves figuring out how things work and making inventions large and small. Join her on her many adventures and follow her challenges to build useful contraptions. Along the way, learn about the principles of physics, what makes machinery work, and engineering. In each kit, Pepper sets off on a new journey - maybe into the jungle, maybe into the sea - and creates or uses systems that you build. For instance, in the Underwater Science Voyage Kit, she must build a hydraulic powered crane when the electricity on her ship goes out. After you make the system with her, the manual explains the principles behind the machine (like how force is transferred with water), how it works, and encourages you to experiment with design. A fun, hands-on way to learn about and explore physics and engineering principles. - Janine