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Grade Levels: 3-10

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Product Code: 125-820

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Engino Simple Machines
When Engino decided to expand its line of award-winning construction sets to include eight individual sets exploring the world of simple machines with both in-depth instruction manuals and colorful activity books, I thought, “At last, a company that gets homeschooling.” Now Engino has taken it a step further by combining all eight topics (Levers, Linkages, Gears, Wheels & Axles, Inclined Planes, Pulleys, Cams & Cranks, and Screws) into one budget-pleasing set, aptly named Simple Machines. Finally your children can get a rich overview of the eight most common areas of mechanical science without denting the family budget.

Sixty-four-Page Instruction Manual
Engino’s celebrated components, a colorful sixty-four-page student instruction manual, and nine twenty-page activity booklets combine to create the most remarkable hands-on approach ever available for homeschooling children. Experiment with the models to understand how machines actually work, how you can change speed, convert motion, increase or transfer force, and easily move heavy objects. Suitable for a wide age range, an older child can read the lively text to more fully understand the principles, while a younger or non-reading child can construct the models and learn intuitively while building.

Build Nearly Sixty Models!
Simple Machines includes detailed directions for building nearly sixty working models, including a hand drill, car with reverse turning wheels, a revolving crane, and many other types of machines. Also included are the Simple Machines reproducible worksheets for thirty-one activities (fourteen printed and seventeen to download) that present a unique, hands-on method of testing your children after each section. But if testing is not how your family rolls, then use this extra booklet as an additional source of experiments pertaining to simple machines.

While Simple Machines only attempts to cover the highlights of the eight more comprehensive sets, it does so with such marvelous explanations of the different technological principles, both through text and construction, that for many families this will be enough. However, if you have a child that loves to build and soaks up all things pertaining to engineering, the individual sets will be a better fit for you.
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Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2016 Seventh-Grade Curriculum Kit!

  • Over 300 pieces!

    Learn all about the six simple machines: the lever, the wedge, the wheel and axle, the screw, the inclined plane, and the pulley, as well as two mechanisms: the gear and the linkage. Build fifty-nine working models, including cars, cranes, and all different types of machines. A sixty-eight-page student teachers' book is included with detailed explanations of the different technological principles applied and real life examples! Reproducible worksheets for thirty-one activities are included for more in-depth experimentation (fourteen printed, seventeen to download). A thorough quiz for testing what has been learned can also be downloaded. Booklets with detailed building instructions for fifty models are also included.

    Learn how to build:

    A lever crane
    Make a fully working model of a lever crane and learn how it is used for lifting heavy objects without falling over. Compare your model with a real-life one and learn about first-class levers.

    A parallel scale
    This fascinating model of the parallel scale will introduce you to the concept of linkages and help you understand how they work. Find out about parallel motion and its usage in different situations.

    A car that turns
    Construct this fascinating model of a car with reverse turning wheels and find out in what ways the axle and the wheel connect for different purposes. Learn how the steering wheel is actually a lever.

    A car with crane
    The unique model of a car with a crane will help you understand the principle of inclined planes and how they help us lift heavy loads. Learn how the inclination of the plane affects the force applied.

    A crane bridge
    Construct a model of a crane bridge and try to lift some objects, finding out how a pulley can help you increase your strength. Experiment with different size pulleys and learn how the diameter affects speed and strength.

    A fishing crane
    Construct a model of a fishing crane and learn how the crank helps set this device into motion. Compare your model with a real-life one and find out the capabilities of a crank when connected to a string for lifting heavy loads.

    A hand drill
    The industrial drill can be used for drilling or screwing bolts and is usually powered by electrical energy. This Engino model demonstrates the more traditional technique of a hand-driven mechanism and how the speed can increase to a great extent by the use of gears.

    A revolving crane
    This fully functional crane has two types of movement. You can turn the crank on the base, rotating a worm gear which then rotates the crane arm. The crane hook can move up and down, secured by a mechanism of a ratchet simulation.

    A multi-position crane
    Build this amazing model of a multi-position crane which combines a number of simple machines: pulleys to control the speed with which the crane rotates, gears to revolve it around the base, and many more! This model demonstrates how cranes can be used to transfer huge loads to great heights and with very little effort. This is why they are so useful in construction sites where we need to carry cement blocks and steel bars to the top of very tall buildings!

    And more...
    Discover how simple machines combine and how every single mechanism that exists today uses at least two of them to do work (which is the reason simple machines are considered to be the "building blocks of machines"). Explore concepts of simple machines like input and output forces and mechanical advantage, then learn about their history throughout the ages, from as early as the third century B.C. and Archimedes until today. Play with this model and discover the magic of simple machines and learn all there is to know about mechanisms and the science of mechanics, using Engino Education books as your teacher and your guide.

    Faith-Based: No

    Awards and Endorsements:
    Winner Cyprus Innovation Award Manufacturing Sector 2008
    1st European SME Week '09 (Small Business, Big Ideas) Winner
    Toy Russia Award Winner
    InBusiness Business Awards 2010 - Best New Product Nominee
    CyEC 2010 Market Success Award - University of Cyprus
    Dr. Toy Best Green Product Winner
    Dr. Toy 10 Best Educational Toy Winner
    Timberdoodle 2011 Award Winner - Best Construction Sets of the Year!

    CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.

  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 9 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Love this! June 24, 2016
    Reviewer: samantha Anderson from Hayesville, NC United States  
    We used this as an additional part of our simple machines study. We have studied simple machines in the past, but not like this. We do this four-days a week as part of our regular curriculum and even my five-year old is learning. Before each daily lesson, we all build the machine that we are going to be focusing on.  Not only are they learning more about the way the machine works, but they are also improving their building skills.

    I can honestly say that they look forward to doing this daily and if it were their choice, they would leave every machine that we have built put together.  It always makes them a little sad when we break it down to build a new one.

    Note from Timberdoodle: Samantha reviewed Engino Simple Machines as part of the Timberdoodle Blogger Team. You can find her full review on her blog As They Grow Up.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Exceptional June 6, 2016
    Reviewer: Sunflower Seed from Colorado Springs , CO United States  
    Honestly, I grew up with a sibling who loved Legos but now with boys of my own I didn't want them to get stuck in the Lego world. However I do want them to have the opportunity to build and manipulate a design and create. That's what Engino does for my family of three boys. Yes, they love Legos at their friends houses; however, I've not only taught the machine concepts with these to my boys but they also use them to create and invent.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Love this! July 14, 2015
    Reviewer: Tiffany H.  
    You have to get this for your little builder. My child had fun doing this every week and sometimes twice a week. Your child won't know they are learning a awesome skill. Fun for the whole family too.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    My son loves the blocks September 24, 2014
    Reviewer: Robin W.  
    My son loves the blocks and I love that he's learning the concepts behind the designs. I would like to see Engino take a more basic approach to the concepts age appropriately. I have adapted the concepts for my 8 year old, but it would have be nice to already have this done, so I didn't have to. Other than that, I enjoy watching my son get engrossed in the projects and asking questions about how they work.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Simple Machines = Simple Fun June 23, 2014
    Reviewer: Jaimee D.  
    I bought the Engino Simple Machine kit as the first semester science curriculum for my 3rd grader. She has loved the machines she's made so far, and has had hours of fun with them. As other reviewers pointed out, you can only make one machine at a time, which is working well for us. The machines are simple to put together, no extra tools required. The instructions are wordless, so they have caused us to scratch our heads at times, but we were to find a way to get them to work. The only disappointment I had was that it doesn't actually come with curriculum. There are no teacher's notes or guides. There are 9 instruction books that contain 5-9 projects to build; one theory book that includes a "little history", definition and photographs of actual machines for each machine type (pulley, gears, wheels, etc.); finally, there is a 14 page hands-on activity book that contains two worksheets per machine type (pulley, gear, wheel)- this is the closest to curriculum, but is only available for 14 out of almost 60 working models. I do not recommend this as curriculum, unless you are comfortable with designing your own unit study to round out what they give you. But, I do whole-heartedly recommend the Simple Machines kit for lots of fun.

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