Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure (Pepper Mint)
Pepper Mint goes to Borneo! Learn about physics and transferring energy as you help her use and make eight useful contraptions on her live-in treehouse including: a rain shield, a retractable ladder, a belt pulley, a block-and-tackle hoist, a trapdoor, a zipline, a catapult, and lanterns.
In this story-based STEM kit, Pepper Mint visits her aunt who is a scientist researching primates. She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. The treehouse is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper Mint and her aunt devise mechanical inventions to accomplish various tasks. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics. Projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm leaf umbrella, a zipline, a catapult, and a trap door. At the end of the story, Pepper Mint wires up a string of LED lanterns using conductive thread and a battery holder to light up the treehouse in the dark jungle night. While doing this, she learns about electric circuits. The kit includes materials to build the treehouse 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