Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers (Eng)
With this kit of modular building pieces, kids can learn the basics of structural engineering by conducting a series of 20 model-building experiments. Each model demonstrates a basic principle of mechanical physics or structural engineering in a hands-on way. They start out with small models that demonstrate how structural elements can be attached together to maximize the strength of a structure for a fixed amount of material used. Then they move onto building more complex models of trusses, roofs, and small buildings. They also experiment with different types of bridge construction: a truss bridge, arch bridge, cantilever bridge, rope bridge, and suspension bridge. Finally, they can build models of towering skyscrapers. Kids learn about the strength and stiffness of materials. See how structural engineers optimize factors to maximize safety, and minimize cost and the risk of structural failure. A 36-page, full-colour manual guides through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions.