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One of the oldest forms of engineering, mechanical engineering encompasses everything from bicycles to animatronics. With this guide, students work with electric and solar cars, mousetrap vehicles, siege machine kits, cranes, and other hands-on projects. Along the way, they learn and apply an understanding of simple machines, mechanical advantage, acceleration, and more.
Student materials are reproducible for distribution in your classroom. Use this full-color guide alone or as a supplement, or combine it with other Pitsco guides to develop an engineering curriculum.
Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Electric Energy Prop Racer Kits, Ray Catcher Sprint Deluxe Kits, Mousetrap Vehicle Kits, Crane Kits, Trebuchet Kits, Catapult Kits, T-Bot® II kits, drill and 1/8" bit, screwdriver, hobby knife, stopwatch, tape measure, cool-melt glue gun, digital scale, needle-nose pliers, Ping-Pong balls, modeling clay, safety glasses, protractor, food coloring, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.