If you are a regular reader, you know that we subscribe to Amazon.com's monthly STEM Toys Club where every month we are sent a new educational game, kit or experience. Last month, we reviewed the National Geographic Dig Kit which we loved. This month we unpacked Thomas & Kosmos Physics Workshop. Last weekend we finally found some time to start building!
The beauty of the club is you get a new toy every month for only $20. Considering the Physics Workshop costs $39 on Amazon.com today, this is a saving of almost 50%! If you'd like to sign up for the STEM club, please consider using our affiliate link which gives us a small commission at no charge to you.
Here is what the manufacturer says.
Almost everyone has heard of a chemistry set. But until this kit was introduced, a physics set was almost unheard of. Physics is an essential science for everyone, and this kit provides a comprehensive explanation of mechanical physics. Through building 36 models and conducting subsequent experiments with the models, you will learn the fundamental laws of mechanical physics. Start by building small models, such as a fixed pulley, to learn about basic forces and simple machines. Then, work your way up to more complex machines, such as a pendulum clock, to learn more advanced concepts like work and centripetal force. This hands-on approach is both fun and effective because the principles of physics are demonstrated right in front of you.
Check out our YouTube video to see the kids unbox Physics Workshop, assemble the Potato Drop, have fun dropping the potato and summarizing what they learned. I also share my point of view as a parent.
Perhaps more importantly, enjoy the video to see which of my kids wins the game "WHO HAS THE BEST AIM!”
Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom by publishing high-quality science kits for children of all ages. T&K's mission has since expanded from its STEM roots to encompass other educational branches as well, including arts and crafts and the panoply of thinking and social skills that can be taught through games and magic.
T&K emphasizes teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Their vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them how things work.
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