With this kit of modular building pieces, kids 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.
Starting out with small models that demonstrate how structural elements can be combined to maximize the strength of a structure for a fixed amount of material used, builders learn about basic structural elements including columns, beams, trusses, plates, arches, shells and catenaries; explore the forces acting on structural components including tension, compression, shear and bending and move on to building more complex models of trusses, roofs and small buildings; experimenting with different types of bridge construction (a truss bridge, arch bridge, cantilever bridge, rope bridge, and suspension bridge) and finally, build models of towering skyscrapers.
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