STEM Kit Spotlight
Each month will feature a different S.T.E.M. kit from the amazing selection at BPL.
K’NEX STRUCTUTES: BRIDGES, KIT #17
Did you know you can borrow a K'nex bridge building kit from BPL? The K'nex Education- STEM Building Solution Bridge Kit is a highly fun and educational building toy designed for builders 8 and up. This kit contains the interlocking pieces and instructions to construct 13 different Bridge models. Each bridge option has simple instructions and a small write-up explaining its design concepts and a photo of a real world example. Each K'nex piece has a distinctive shape and color, making it easy to build the models, especially once you've built a couple. Once you get the hang of it, your imagination can run wild and you can build unlimited things!
Young hands will have fun for hours, while being completely engaged with the principles of structural engineering and the foundational principles of physics. There is also a teacher's guide to download for educators or anyone who wants to dig deeper into the world of engineering.
Dr. Fizz and Boomer built bridges all day, and agreed the arch bridge was their favorite, mostly because it looked cool.
Reviewed 2021 June.
GRAVITY MAZE FALLING MARBLE LOGIC GAME, KIT #13
Did you know you can check out the Gravity Maze Falling Marble Logic Game from BPL? The Gravity Maze Falling Marble Logic Game Twist is an engaging game for thinkers 8 and up. Made by the innovative company Thinkfun, this gravity powered logic maze is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test. The set consists of building towers, a game grid, challenge cards and marbles. The translucent towers can be arranged in a wide variety of stimulating structures, but for each challenge, you'll have to think carefully to design and build a path to carry your marble to its target. Sixty challenges, ranging in difficulty, will give you plenty of building time.
Boomer and Dr. Fizz mastered all 60 challenges, and then tested each other with new challenges of their own. Boomer especially liked the Gravity Maze because it was designed so that he could play with his friend, but it was just as engaging to play by himself when he needed a little time on his own.
The Code-a-pillar Twist is a fun and educational toy that features early coding and problem solving for preschoolers! Made by the good folks at Fisher-Price, this friendly caterpillar is full of lights, sounds, and surprises. Young minds will find enjoyment in guessing its animal noises, dancing along with its music and following its twisting movement. By selecting an action icon on each of its body segments, you are actually writing a code for the Code-a-pillar to follow. Will you send him through a room, pausing to chatter, eat and nap? Will you program a series of turns, songs, and animal sounds?
Dr. Fizz loves to discover new things to do with the Code-a-pillar Twist. His favorite activity is to draw a map of the room and try to program it to follow a path. He also likes to make it chase Mrs. McGoughy's cat.