Do you ever wonder how bridges are able to span huge distances and how skyscrapers stay standing? Structural engineers use physics, as well as 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 will learn the basics of structural engineering by conducting a series of 20 model-building experiments. Each model demonstrates a basic principle of structural engineering or mechanical physics in a hands-on way.
Begin 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 and 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; then move onto building more complex models of trusses, roofs, and small buildings. Experiment with different types of bridge construction, including a truss bridge, arch bridge, cantilever bridge, rope bridge, and suspension bridge. Finally, build models of towering skyscrapers. What's 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 will guide you through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions.
Durable, anti-fog safety glasses that fit comfortably on any head size.
Highly durable lab apron made of rubberized cloth is impermeable and easy to clean, perfect for all manner of lab or classroom experiments
These goggles meet the American National Standards Institution (ANSI Z87.1) and Canadian Standards (CSA Z94.3) regulations.
Recommended for protection against chemical splashes. A must have for every young chemist!
These goggles meet the ANSI Z87.1, 2010 High Impact standards.
Large nitrile exam gloves designed and manufactured for superior protection against viral, bacterial, and certain chemical hazards.
Shake the Pet Tornado clockwise and watch the mini tornado funnel form before your eyes!
Use this awesome prism to teach about optics and light in the classroom setting!
Exciting magnet exploration for ages 8 and up!
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Every kid needs one of these spheres!
Build a magnetic levitating train with this science fair project kit!
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