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Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers

Manufacturer: Thames and Kosmos

Model Number: 625414

Recommended Age: Ages 8 and up

Availability: In stock

$59.95
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Warning: Choking Hazard

Shipping Weight: 5 pounds

Model Number: 625414

Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.1 x 11.5 inches

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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.

Activities and outcomes:
Children conduct chemistry and physics experiments, build robotic and solar power devices, explore the microscopic world, play archaeologist, experiment with fragrances, perform exciting science shows, etc. to ignite a lifelong love of science.

Why we like Thames & Kosmos:
- Simply the best science kits on the market and a favorite in our household!
- Compatible pieces in construction, physics, wind power, and hydropower kits
- Highly regarded, award-winning products
- Detailed color, step-by-step instructions

About:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 by a science museum director and her son with the mission of publishing high quality science and technology educational kits—resources for parents and their children that are more engaging, more effective, more relevant, and more fun.

The company places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive reading materials for a rich learning experience.

T&K currently offers more than 60 science and technology kits in thirteen categories, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, technology, biology, natural history, fundamentals, astronomy, classic science, little labs, sophisticated science, and construction.

Operating as the exclusive North American distributor for the science kit line of the German publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH—Kosmos for short—T&K translates, rewrites and distributes Kosmos science kits in the English language. It started designing its own line of science kits in 2005.

Providence, RI. Distributes its products primarily in the United States and Canada