|This is what it all looked like when we took it out of the box.|
|Rob building the catapult while Ryan looks on.|
|Fun with the packing materials that were in the box|
|more fun...a giant tail|
|The finished catapult|
Ryan (12) was a little disappointed with the size of the catapult. I think he wanted a life size model. HA! I took a picture of it next to the pencil so you can see the size of it. It's actually a perfect size for having around and nothing is getting wrecked and there have been no injuries! :)
|the catapult and trebuchet side by side|
|Ryan preparing to shoot projectiles for our experiments.|
|You will need a balance or scale to measure your projectiles.|
A few other topics are included and the back of the book has 6 pages of standards for grades 5-8, 6-8 and 9-12 separated into ITEA, NCTM and NSTA standards. It also has a list of additional resources including books, websites and videos to further your studies.
|Setting up the Trebuchet. We used the backside of wrapping paper|
and a measuring tape to see how far our projectiles would go.
I think this set makes a wonderful addition to all kinds of studies....from history to math and science. It just happened that we were talking about how the Romans used catapults during this study. The book that comes with it is informative and covers so many topics and is very affordable.
Kit assembly requires: Hobby knife, needle-nose pliers, ruler, scissors, sandpaper, and white glue such as HD Bond II. Siege Machines book activities require: Tape measure; digital scale or balance; 15'-20' of white roll paper such as the plain side of wrapping paper or Pitsco’s Range Paper Tape; cool-melt glue gun and glue; straw; ruler; scissors; extra rubber bands: 4 – 3-1/2" x 1/16" (#19), 1 – 3-1/2" x 1/4" (#64) (not including the one on the catapult), and 4 – 3" x 1/16"; target – either an 8.5" x 11" piece of color paper or one pack of Target Pieces; 2" x 12" sheet of balsa wood or basswood; 2 – 2.5-inch-long axles, 4 nylon axle bushings, small washers, and model car wheels (such as those for CO2 cars) (We didn't use the last few items. There was plenty to do in the book without that. I imagine we will do that some time soon though.)
Pitsco, founded in 1971, offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Math materials. They carry an amazing array of kits and materials. Sustainable Energy, Robotics, Engineering, Aerospace and more!
You can purchase a Medieval Machines pack at Pitsco for $21.95. (This set does not include the modeling clay that I received but any modeling clay will do.) Be sure to check out other products from Pitsco or request a catalog. They also have a homeschool section on their website. See what others are saying about Medieval Machines on the TOS crew blog.
disclaimer: I received a free Medieval Machines pack in exchange for an honest review.