The Thrill of Physics with Roller Coaster Engineering

Roller coaster engineering STEM Kit front packaging box

Product information

Roller Coaster Engineering

Product Dimensions 14.6 x 3.1 x 11.5 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Country of Origin Taiwan
Manufacturer recommended age 6 - 18 years
Manufacturer Thames & Kosmos

Engage, Experiment, Educate: Calling Future Roller Coaster Engineers

Become a roller coaster engineer right in your own home with the Thames & Kosmos Roller Coaster Engineering Kit! Designed for young minds ages 6 and up, this STEM kit bridges the gap between fun and education. It does so by providing an exciting, hands-on experience in the world of physics and engineering. This way young engineers learn as they build their dream roller coaster and run their own amusement park.

Product Features:

  • Build Over Ten Unique Models: Immerse in the world of roller coasters and build over ten different models, each offering a unique learning experience.
  • Hands-On Physics Experiments: Hands-on experiments to understand forces, motion, energy, and more, making complex concepts accessible and fun.
  • Creative Challenges: From the tallest roller coaster to the longest track and even a loop-de-loop, push the limits with engineering challenges!
  • High-Quality Components: The kit includes a durable, easy-to-assemble plastic building system, ensuring long-lasting educational fun.
  • Comprehensive Learning Manual: A 32-page, full-color manual provides detailed assembly instructions and scientific explanations to aid the learning experience.
All components of the roller coaster engineering laid out

What a Young Roller Coaster Engineer Learns

Roller Coaster Engineering aligns with key Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including:

  • Matter and Interaction
  • Engineering Design
  • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • Kinetic Energy

These correlations ensure that the learning experience is not only fun but also complements the educational curriculum.

Safety and Care

  • Choking Hazard: Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years. Adult supervision recommended.
  • Quality Assurance: Crafted with care and precision, adhering to high safety and quality standards.

Why Choose Roller Coaster Engineering?

  • Stimulate Curiosity: Encourage natural curiosity about how things work.
  • Build Problem-Solving Skills: Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through interactive play.
  • Educational and Fun: Perfect balance between education and entertainment, making learning about physics a joyous experience.
Loop construction from roller coaster engineering stem kit

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recommended age range for this kit?
The kit is recommended for children 6 years of age and older.
What educational concepts does the kit cover?
The kit provides a fun, hands-on introduction to the principles of physics, including gravity, potential energy, kinetic energy, free fall, projectile motion, friction, centripetal force, velocity, and acceleration.
Can you design your own roller coaster models with this kit?
Yes, the kit allows you to build more than ten coaster models and then design your own, giving you the flexibility to experiment.
Is the building system of the kit easy to use?
The kit features a simple, modular building system for assembling sturdy frame structures and attaching flexible tracks.
Are the components of the kit durable and reusable?
Yes, the plastic building system is durable, easy to assemble and reusable.
Roller coaster engineering STEM Kit backside of packaging

The STEM Kit That Molds Future Engineers

With Roller Coaster Engineering, you’re getting a kit that can shape future engineers. You’re not just giving them them a toy to build roller coasters. You’re giving them the perfect gift to build their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, all while learning the basics of mechanical engineering. This kit is a promise of engaging, educational, and exciting experiences that combine play with purpose.

Join countless parents and educators who have witnessed the joy and wonder of learning through play with Thames & Kosmos‘ Roller Coaster Engineering kit.

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What The Reviews Say About Roller Coaster Engineering

Pros Cons
Educational ValueSemi-Stable Models
Easy-to-Follow InstructionsLimited appeal for some kids
Teaches Physics and EngineeringDesign Lacks Vibrancy
Variety of Models to Build

First, many users appreciate the educational value of the kit. It's highlighted as a great tool for kids, especially those around 10 years old, who are interested in construction and engineering. The kit is praised for its educational aspects, especially for teaching physics and engineering in a fun way. The instructions are easy to follow and the kit includes several models to build, including bridges and skyscrapers. It's seen as a fun and educational project for kids, who can learn a lot without even realizing it. However, some reports mention that the finished models, such as the bridge, are only semi-stable.

On the other hand, there is some criticism of the attractiveness and durability of the kit. Some feedback suggests that the kit falls short of the "awesome scale" and that the parts are somewhat flimsy. This may make it less appealing to children who expect a more challenging and robust building experience. Some described the design and color scheme of the kit as lacking vibrancy and spirit, which may limit its appeal to some children. The general theme seems to be that while the kit is well made, there is a feeling that it focuses a little more on the learning aspect than the fun side.

In summary, the Thames & Kosmos Roller Coaster Engineering Kit is a well-received educational product. The kit teaches valuable lessons in physics and engineering through hands-on building experiences. It's particularly suitable for curious and building-loving children around the age of 10. However, its appeal may be limited for older children or those seeking a more educational and less playful experience. Its educational value is high, but its execution in terms of fun and durability is something to consider.

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