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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.

$410.00

There are tons of different bridge designs. With the Balsa Bridges Maker Project, students create bridges and test them out to see which design is best. The project includes a balsa BridgePak 25-Pack, the Bridge video, and the Structure Testing Device. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.

$420.00

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.

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Testing student-engineered structures for earthquake resistance will really get things shaking in your classroom. This package includes everything needed for 30 students (in teams of two) to design, build, and test a structure: tower materials, Timber Cutter, Timber Tester, mass plates and associated hardware, EQs Tremor Table earthquake simulator, and Pitsco EQs Earthquake Tower video.

$1,595.00

Updated for the EQs Tremor Table’s floor plate system, these packs gather the building supplies needed for 30 students working in teams of two to build towers. Packs are available with either balsa wood or basswood strips.

The Balsa Wood Class Pack includes 1/8" balsa wood strips, Pitsco colored Structures Glue, 75 Wood Floor Plates, 30 grid sheets, and the Earthquake Engineering EQs Project Book. The pack also has 15 each of the Foundation Block, Tower Block Base, glue bottle, and student guide. Requires hobby knife or Timber Cutter, foam board, pins, and waxed paper, sold separately.

The Basswood Class Pack includes 3/32" basswood strips, Pitsco colored Structures Glue, 75 Wood Floor Plates, 30 grid sheets, and the Earthquake Engineering EQs Project Book. The pack also has 15 each of the Foundation Block, Tower Block Base, glue bottle, and student guide. Requires hobby knife or Timber Cutter, foam board, pins, and waxed paper, sold separately.

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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!

$68.00

Structures start taking shape with this Getting Started package. Students explore structures and geometric shapes with instruction from Dr. Zoon and the Polyhedra Poster. This package provides materials for 30 students.

$99.00

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.

The Dr. Zoon Toothpick Bridges Video makes reference to the Building Toothpick Bridges book. See the Related Items tab below.

$92.50

Toothpicks can be used for more than just cleaning teeth. With the Toothpick Bridges Maker Project, students can build bridges out of toothpicks and test them to see how much weight their bridges can hold. The project includes enough materials for a whole class to build bridges such as toothpicks, Structures Glue, empty glue bottles, waxed paper, a Toothpick Bridge Tester, and a Dr. Zoon Toothpick Bridges Video. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.

$109.00

The TowerPak is the most convenient and economical way to introduce an exciting tower activity to your entire class.

The TowerPak supplies your class with the materials it needs for the activity – wood building material (either balsa wood or basswood, your choice), colored Pitsco Structures Glue (the color makes it great for locating and judging joints), 25 tower design grid sheets, and 25 copies of the Student Guide to Model Tower Building. Requires hobby knife or Timber Cutter, foam board, structure pins, and waxed paper, sold separately.

Not intended for use with the EQs Tremor Table.

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Whether your sights are on design, strength, history, symmetry, or construction techniques, this guide helps focus your efforts on using this popular structures activity. In the process, students learn about the strength of materials, types of joints, design concepts, lamination, and efficiency.

The Balsa Bridges Teacher’s Guide contains NGSS, CCSSM, NCTM, NSTA, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Balsa Bridges – Getting Started Package, weights, 500-gram and 200-gram spring scales, clamps, ruler, safety glasses, protractor, digital scale with 33-pound minimum capacity, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

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Updated for the EQs Tremor Table, Earthquake Engineering didn’t break away from solid content and intriguing activities. This hands-on guide outlines for students the process of designing and building a quake-proof structure.

In addition to learning about engineering concepts, students also learn a lot about earthquakes, such as P waves versus S waves, magnitude, amplitude, and more. An exciting design of the load plate system allows greater flexibility for student testing of structures.

Also included is a glossary, technology challenge, and resource section.

$4.35

Building an earthquake-resistant tower takes more than glue and balsa wood – it takes an understanding of earthquakes, how mass is distributed in the tower, and structural design. This guide helps students grasp these concepts so they can build and test a great tower.

The Earthquake Towers Teacher’s Guide contains NSTA, NCTM, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and engineering activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Earthquake Towers – Getting Started Package, ruler, protractor, safety glasses, clothespins or small clamps, world map, compass, waxed paper, foam board or cardboard, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

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More than just a resource, this activity guide helps teachers and upper-elementary students bridge the gap between building simple toothpick bridges and mastering the construction of a striking toothpick bridge.

Masterpiece Toothpick Bridges offers key design principles needed to construct an elaborate toothpick bridge, a structure unit with detailed lessons, material selection, building techniques and tips, a research paper assignment, bridge testing – even tips to get the local media to cover the testing event!

Plenty of photos illustrate the details of this black-and-white book.

$21.25

Structures made with straws and pipe cleaners might look simple, but they offer a range of learning. Geometric figures and their strengths, ratios, structural designs, and static forces are some of the subjects this guide will help you and your students to really soak up!

The Straw Structures Teacher’s Guide contains NSTA, NCTM, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and engineering activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Straw Structures – Getting Started Package, scissors, spring scale, hanging weights, tape measure, ruler, grid paper, stopwatch, straws with 1/8-inch inside diameter, several hundred pipe cleaners, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

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This complete guide to model bridge building discusses the history of bridges, types of trusses, glue joints, and construction ideas.

This illustrated guide includes competition rules and drawings. Developed as a teacher’s resource as well as a student’s construction guide.

$2.25
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