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Medieval Machines Pack

SKU: W42678
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$39.95 (USD)
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Description

We are fascinated with the medieval devices shown in films like The Lord of the Rings and Night at the Museum. Now, use that interest to teach basic math, science, and problem-solving skills. With this pack, your child learns about catapults and trebuchets through hands-on activities that cover three areas:

  • Science: Tension versus torsion, elasticity, gravity and levers, and force and motion
  • Math: Metric conversion, calculating averages, and prediction
  • Experiments: Mass versus distance, testing rubber bands, targeting, and more

He or she will discover the history of medieval siege machines as well as the concepts required to build and use them.

The regular pack includes a Trebuchet Kit, a Catapult Kit, mass plates, and the Siege Machines book, and the deluxe pack includes everything from the regular pack plus a Torsion Ballista Kit and a Torsion Catapult Kit.

Note: Most guide activities require additional items such as measurement and hand tools, sold separately.

Details

Type: Project Kits Grades: 6-12

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Learning Values

Science
  • Force and motion
  • Potential/kinetic energy
  • Projectile motion
  • Torsion
Technology
  • Data collection
  • Historical perspectives
  • Systems
Engineering
  • Modeling
  • Prediction
  • Technological design
Math
  • Graphing
  • Measurements
  • Ratios

Specifications

  • Assembly Method: Gluing and cutting
  • Tools and Materials Required:
    Kit assembly requires: Hobby knife, needle-nose pliers, ruler, scissors, sandpaper, and white glue such as HD Bond II
    Siege Machines book activities require: Tape measure; digital scale or balance; white roll paper such as the plain side of wrapping paper or Pitsco’s Range Paper; tape; cool-melt glue gun and glue; straw; ruler; scissors; extra rubber bands: four 3-1/2" x 1/16" (#19), one 3-1/2" x 1/4" (#64) (not including the one on the catapult), and four 3" x 1/16"; target – either an 8.5" x 11" piece of color paper or one pack of Target Pieces; 2" x 12" sheet of balsa wood or basswood; two 2.5" axles, four nylon axle bushings, small washers, and model car wheels (such as those for CO2 cars)

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