Thames & Kosmos Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers Experiment Kit - 395 Piece. Do you ever wonder how bridges span huge distances and how skyscrapers stay standing? Structural engineers use physics and their knowledge of the properties of building materials and geometric shapes to design structures with sufficient strength and stability. With this kit of modular building pieces, you 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. 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. Learn about basic structural elements including columns, beams, trusses, plates, arches, shells and catenary. Explore the forces acting on structural components including tension, compression, shear and bending. Move onto building more complex models of trusses, roofs and small buildings. Experiment with different types of bridge construction: a truss bridge, arch bridge, cantilever bridge, rope bridge, and suspension bridge. Finally, build models of towering skyscrapers. What is the tallest tower you can build using only the pieces included in the kit? 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-color manual guides you through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions. Founded in 2001, Thames & Kosmos strives to improve informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for kids of all ages. Thames & Kosmos emphasizes teaching concepts and skills through hands-on learning and comprehensive reading materials for a rich learning experience. Toys > Category > Arts & Crafts, Educational Toys, Books > Learning & Educational Toys > Science & Discovery > See ALL Science Kits. Toys & Games > Toys > Educational Toys > Science Sets.
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