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Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run

Lower Age: 5+
Website: https://www.learningresources.com/product/tumble+trax--8482-++magnetic+marble+run.do?from=Search&cx=0&query=tumble%20trax%20marble%20run
Price: $24.99
Year Added: 2016
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Tumble™ Trax Magnetic Marble Run inspires creativity as children design track layouts on vertical magnetic surfaces to successfully maneuver marbles into a target bin. In order to play, children follow the predetermined designs of the 10 activity cards to see if they can make the marble to the goal. The gift comes with short, long, and wavy pieces that allow for a variety of different combinations. The diverse magnetic track pieces teach children about gravitational forces and that by manipulating the track orientation, the direction and movement of the marble will change. This is an exciting and easy to set up game with limitless opportunities for STEM learning. Just find a magnetic surface, such as a refrigerator, and let the creativity of design flow!

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Plan the solution, try the solution, create the prototype or process, test the solution, make improvements to the solution, apply mathematics, apply science

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, constraints

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Creative thinking, design, problem solving, critical thinking

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: “I want to play it again!”

  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: “Good price. Good opportunity for creativity and STEM.”

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating:  4.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:The game allows for children to apply science and mathematics ideas to get the ball to its target.