|Produktens mått||42.67 x 7.62 x 29.21 cm; 907.18 Gram|
|Produkten har slutat tillverkas||Nej|
|Är batterier inkluderade?||Nej|
|Utgivningsdatum||29 Oktober 2019|
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In this story-based STEM kit, Pepper Mint visits her aunt who is a scientist researching primates. She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. The treehouse is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper Mint and her aunt devise mechanical inventions to accomplish various tasks. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics. Projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm leaf umbrella, a zipline, a catapult, and a trap door. At the end of the story, Pepper Mint wires up a string of LED lanterns using conductive thread and a battery holder to light up the treehouse in the dark jungle night. While doing this, she learns about electric circuits. The kit includes materials to build the treehouse and do the projects, a full-color illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, as well as a scale Pepper Mint figurine.
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This kit was different from others we've had, in that it presented a story line that necessitated the various tasks - building a hoist, pulley system, wiring, etc. It's a great concept that not only demonstrate real life applications, but also kept kids interested.
Since my children are much younger than the recommended age, I had to help them with several of the activities. I found that directions were not always clear - the syntax of instructional statements was a bit off, which sometimes led to confusion as I read directions aloud to my kids. I found that clarifying statements were sometimes made at the end of a paragraph, when it would have helped greatly if they were placed at the beginning instead. In retrospect, I would read through each activity first, as younger children expect the steps to be in sequence.
Also, the pieces connect rather loosely, in my opinion. For instance the pulley is meant to be used, but the axle that is used to turn the wheels slides easily and and out of the assembly (despite the provided "axle stoppers"), which results in the whole assembly falling off the tree house, and needing to be reassembled.
However, despite the few flaws I've described, I think this is a good tool for sparking interest and questions, and just getting kids to be "hands on" with the subject matter set forth. My boys particularly loved wiring the lights, and there were enough "jobs" to go around. I also appreciate that there is some room for trial and error. For instance, we followed all the instructions to set up the lights, but there was a mix up about where to set the diode side versus the anode side (critical detail in making the lights work). We got it wrong the first time, so it was a process to figure out what may be wrong and how to fix it. My 6-year old was up for the challenge, and once he figured it out, it was all the more reason to celebrate. They turned off all the lights nearby so they could enjoy their newly created ambiance.
All in all, this kit is a winner, even for younger kids!
Turns out- most fun thing I’ve ever purchased for her! We didn’t do it all at once bc there are so many activities! Learning takes place every time too. We will definitely be purchasing others from this brand!