So in previous posts covering the products in the new Jr. Scientists series we covered their robotic kits, then in part 2 we covered their crystal kits and the telescope kit. But that is the final chapter in this science set series, and let’s just say that the products in this last post are a little – strange. Let’s start off with the very unusual: The Hand Dynamo Helicopter and Flip Flop Turtle.
Yes, you read that correctly.
What the kit essentially is is a electric generating dynamo. By turning the dynamo’s crank you generate electricity that can be used to either power a toy helicopter or a cute little turtle that jump up and down. The dynamo demonstrates how we generate A/C electricity that powers or charges our everyday devices. Only here the student generates the power themselves. The dynamo is hooked to a small toy helicopter that actually will fly on the electrical power you generate! If they prefer something more down to earth the dynamo can also power the ‘flip-flop turtle’ which will jump up and down powered by the generated electricity. The turtle actually moves forward by doing this flip-flopping. Both are fun ways to demonstrate the power student create by using the hand-cranked dynamo. The kit includes a 68 page color manual on electricity and electrical generation.
The next product also comes under the ‘weird’ category. It is a model Strandbeest.
You might ask yourself “What the heck is a Strandbeest?”. A good question! Well it seems there is an artist/engineer by the name of Theo Jansen. Theo Jansen makes large wood, wind powered walking machines that he operates on beaches (where there is usually a good wind). The results are, well, just watch this video and be impressed:
These incredible machines are very huge and obviously are a devoted undertaking for Theo Jansen. But students can actually make their own miniature version of the Strandbesst with this kit:
Students assemble their junior Strandbeest and like their full-sized counterparts watch it walk using the power of the wind. Instructions are included along with a 28 page color book about Theo’s full size walkers.
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