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For beginners of straw, toothpick, or balsa wood structure activities, the Dr. Zoon Straw Structures Video and Dr. Zoon Toothpick Bridges Video build students’ understanding of structures, design, and geometric shapes. For more advanced coverage of these concepts, as well as forces and construction techniques, we’ve included the Dr. Zoon Bridge Building Video and Dr. Zoon Tower Building Video. All programs cover construction, tips, and explanation of concepts.
The Finding Out About Structures student book provides a foundation in the properties of materials and the basics of bridge design. Topics include experimenting with sheet materials, calculating load distribution, and building bridges. Students explore arch structures and build a skywalk.
The Finding Out About Structures teacher’s book features a comprehensive exploration of building structures, cantilever and arch structures, and suspension bridges. It includes everything you need to introduce students to the design process and teach them how to build various structures including a suspension bridge.
Teach Grades 3-5 about structures with activities focused on using readily available items found in classrooms and houses. The five design projects included in 3-5 Linking Literature to Structures will have students creating structures such as ancient Egyptian burial structures and medieval siege machines. Each of the design briefs in this book will take students through the whole design process and teach them multiple standards.
In addition to students finding out some basics about structures, A Home for a Pet enables them to do several experiments and activities, including designing and building four tall structures from different materials. In addition, they will build a bird’s nest as well as a home for a pet.
The Structures Collection is a collection of three student books: A Home for a Pet; Exploring Containers and Packaging; and Exploring Roads, Tracks, and Pathways. It also contains the Structures Collection Teacher Book. This comprehensive collection does a fantastic job introducing students to various elements and uses of structures. Student books are available individually.
Can your structure take the pressure? The Tower Crusher enables students to answer that question and challenges them to explore ways to increase the endurance of their paper structures. Students build a structure from ordinary printing paper and set up the crusher stand. The strength of the structure is evaluated by adding mass to the bottle until the structure fails. Requires a scale, sand, paper, and tape, sold separately.
Based on contemporary building techniques, these kits consist of a series of interconnecting modular components that permit you to design, build, and modify multiple structures.
ARCKIT 60 is ideal for creating smaller structures, student projects, interior designs, and home extensions and for learning the basics. This is also a great gift for budding architects.
ARCKIT 120 is perfect for light professional use and versatile enough to create a range of structures.
ARCKIT 240 is the pro’s choice: large enough to create a diverse range of structures of varying sizes with enough components to really explore designs and ideas.