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Tinker Crate Trebuchet

Lower Age: 9
Upper Age: 16
Website: http://www.kiwicrate.com/
Price: $16.95
Year Added: 2016

Trebuchet is one of Tinker Crate's many monthly subscription packages that aims to inspire STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) learning. This package consists of a hands-on medieval trebuchet build, a detailed blueprint, background information, and examples for more ways to learn. The trebuchet is made up of laser cut wood pieces that assemble into a small-scale trebuchet that shoots a ping pong ball at a desired target. Children will learn the mechanics and math principles behind the system by launching the ball. This kit is extremely thorough in the way it teaches children as they engage in the provided activities. Furthermore, Tinker Crate offers a database for more DIY opportunities on the company website. This is not just a monthly subscription, but an endless opportunity for continual learning.

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Learn about the problem, make observations, test the solution, make improvements to the solution, apply mathematics

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

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Critical thinking, design

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 4.75 out of 5.0
    • Feedback: "Building the trebuchet and launching things was cool."
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback: "I was really surprised how user friendly this kit was and the quality of the items that were included inside. We did have to use some items from around our home to complete all of the activities but they were pretty common items and were easily found. I like that my child had fun and also learned something."
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback: "The background information, physical concepts, interactive building and challenges engage children in the engineering process. The trebuchet allows critical thinking by observing and adjusting the mechanics of the launch."