Thames & Kosmos Physics Discovery (V 2.0)
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- Learn all about the fundamental laws of mechanical physics
- Numerous models to build and 17 experiments to conduct
- Fun science kit for children that will appeal to boys especially
- Excellent 32 page booklet
- Great educational toy and gift idea
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With Physics Discovery, you will build 12 models and then conduct experiments with the models to learn about forces and simple machines. Each model demonstrates a fundamental idea in mechanical physics. For example, you can build a balance scale to learn about lever arms, a freight elevator to learn about pulleys, a bicycle to learn about wheels, a motion picture machine to learn about centripetal and centrifugal forces, and a transmission to learn about gears. Physics Discovery is a smaller, introductory companion to our best-selling Physics Workshop kit. It contains different building projects and experiments, and uses parts that are compatible with all of the kits in our Physics line. The 32-page book offers illustrated instructions for building projects and experiments. Ages 8 and up.
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I handed it over one afternoon and a few hours later was presented with the first project, this continued over the next few days. During this time he slowly started to learn more about physics and now is using the kit to make other items including a Lego Man Trap and a drinks carton lift.
Im not sure if other kits in the series are inter-connectable, its a shame it cant be used with Lego or similar building products for kids as I think an bright inquiring mind would certainly develop more and make more stuff.
This kit compares very poorly with, for example, the John Adams Hot Wires electronics kit which is extremely easy to use (numbered parts, very large, very clear instructions). There's no reason for a physics discovery kit to be this tricky to use and its saying something if a person with two engineering masters degrees can't simply and quickly put it together.
Im sure the kit will be loads of fun once we've got it working but I think we'll wait a couple of years until our son has the patience to figure it out himself