Back in April, I shared a review of a LEGO® Education set called Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Pack, a complete curriculum pack you can use to teach the concepts of simple machines. If you are looking for a LEGO Education product that is a bit simpler and less expensive, created for a younger age group in mind, yet still teaches the STEM concepts, I would like to recommend the Simple Machines set. We have received both sets from LEGO Education and definitely agree that the Simple Machines set is a perfect fit for a child under 10, while the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Pack is a brilliant product for an older child.
The basic set, sold for $49.95, includes 204 pieces and building instructions. Basic physical science concepts such as gears, pulleys, levers, and wheels and axles are taught through observation, reasoning, prediction, and critical thinking.
Models that can be constructed with this set are a merry-go-round, a go-cart, a catapult, popcorn cart, wheelbarrow, railroad crossing gate, crane, and more.
Paired with the teacher’s guide, this set turns into a unit study that could potentially last your family around 4 weeks. The basic set and teacher’s guide can be purchased for $109.95.
An amusement park ride for the minifigures called Crazy Floors, is not only fun to build and play with, but it teaches scientific inquiry, investigation, real world questioning, the concepts of motion and pulleys, product design evaluation, geometric 2D and 3D objects, probability, rotation speed and more!
Can you believe that you can teach all those concepts with the simple little toy in the photo above? Well you can.
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