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The Finding Out About Structures teacher’s book features a rather 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.
The Finding Out About Structures student book, also included, provides a foundation in the properties of materials and the basics of bridge design. Topics include experimenting with sheet materials, calculating load distribution, and bridge building. Students explore arch structures and build a skywalk.
In addition to finding out some basics about structures, A Home for a Pet enables students 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.
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 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 of 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 typing 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.
Building model bridges from balsa wood is a great way to get students engaged in technology, science, and engineering principles. This Getting Started package includes materials for 25 students, testing equipment, and curriculum to get your classroom into bridge building.
Vital to bridges, balconies, radio towers, and other structures, cantilever design is an important structures concept. Students can learn about cantilever structures and prepare to build one. This class pack provides enough basswood and balsa wood, full-size building plans, and glue for 30 students, working in teams of two, to build a cantilever structure (15 structures total). Also includes a teacher’s guide on CD with more than 60 pages of information, national standards, Web links, and more.
Balsa wood or basswood strips, individual bottles of colored Pitsco Structures Glue, The Pitsco Bridge Book, student guide sheets – all the materials you need to complete an exciting bridge design and building activity. Packs are available for a class of 10 or a class of 25. Balsa wood strips are 1/8" x 1/8" x 24". Basswood strips are 3/32" x 3/32" x 24". Construction requires hobby knife or Timber Cutter, small clips, foam board, pins, and waxed paper, sold separately.
Do you have some budding engineers in your home? Use these materials to teach them about tension, force, ratios, efficiency, and truss design as they build and test their own model toothpick bridge.
Includes 800 square toothpicks, 2 oz bottle each of blue and green glue, and the Toothpick Bridges Teacher’s Guide. Requires a hobby knife, waxed paper, tape, and testing device, sold separately.
Your upper-elementary students will impress themselves and you after finishing one of the elaborate bridges from Masterpiece Toothpick Bridges. Give them everything they need to accomplish the construction with this class pack. Includes a pint of colored Structures Glue, 30 two-ounce glue bottles, waxed paper, and 25,000 toothpicks!
These bridges have a great amount of shear strength and are sheer fun for your students. The Toothpick Bridge Tester, Dr. Zoon Toothpick Bridges Video, and enough materials for 30 bridges are included.