Middle School 10+

MECHANICS

(ITEM 225)

In this set, pupils are introduced to the basic concept of magnetic polarities. They then tailor the polarities to create controlled magnetic reactions and drive motion before progressively tackling more challenging tasks such as building and reinforcing a bridge span. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are woven into this stimulating and truly innovative set, which includes easy-to-comprehend pupil work sheets and a teachers guide.

ITEM: 225

TEACHING TOPICS:

  • Polarities and making a compass
  • Understanding push and pull forces: basics – “crocodile jaw” – oscillating pendulum
  • Magnetic levitation
  • Increasing/decreasing magnetic forces
  • Range of shapes of regular polygons and how to form a structure using them
  • How to form 3D shapes
  • Structures and how to make them stronger (bridges etc)
  • The effect of triangulation on structures
  • Using spheres to experience low friction rotational movement
  • Understanding simple bearings/thrust bearings
  • Combining rotational movement with push and pull magnetic forces
  • Creating a driving movement using magnetic push and pull forces
  • Creating rotational movement using simple bearings
  • Learning how to make a homopolar magnetic motor

CONTENTS:

  • 2 sets Mechanics cards (in 2 different languages)
  • 60 rods
  • 64 spheres
  • 4 indicator rods
  • 8 compass roses
  • 84 extra building accessories
  • Contained in a plastic Gratnells SmartCase® for easy storage

Teachers Guide and Pupil Worksheets are downloadable after purchase

LANGUAGES:

denmark finland france germany greece it netherlands norway portugal spain sweden UK

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