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K'NEX Education - Intro To Simple Machines: Gears Set

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  • Build seven fully-functioning replicas of real world machines, one at a time
  • Introduce students to scientific concepts related to gears through hands-on learning
  • Includes 198 K'NEX parts and pieces packaged in a convenient storage bin
  • Designed for grades 3-5; includes building instructions and comprehensive Teacher's Guide
  • Aligned to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts and national standards
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Sprocket Gears! Spur Gears! Rack & Pinion! The K'NEX Education Gears set is designed to introduce students in grades 3-5 to the scientific concepts associated with gears. Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire skills using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Using these materials, students will be engaged and energized as they experience the interrelationships and further their knowledge and understanding of the science, technology, engineering and math concepts associated with such structures. This K'NEX Education Set includes 198 K'NEX parts, building instructions, and a comprehensive Teacher's Guide, all packaged in a strong plastic tray with a snap-on lid for easy classroom storage. There's enough parts to build seven fully-functioning replicas of real world machines one at a time, and supports 2-3 students working as a team. The Teacher's Guide (on CD) provides the information and resources needed to build students' understanding of scientific concepts and channel their inquiries into active and meaningful learning experiences. Extension activities to explore the concepts more deeply are also included. This set is aligned to STEM standards. STEM Education focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts taught through problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning and critical thinking. STEM Education requires students to be active participants in the learning process. K'NEX models offer hands-on opportunities that encourage scientific inquiry, investigation and experimentation. Our inquiry-based lessons challenge students as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss, and evaluate scientific and design principles in action.

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Sprocket Gears! Spur Gears! Rack & Pinion! And More! The K'NEX Education Intro to Simple Machines: Gears set is designed to introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with gears. Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire skills using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to information and concepts as they build, investigate, discuss, and evaluate scientific principles in action. The Teacher's Guide provides the information and resources needed to build students' understanding of scientific concepts and channel their inquiries into active and meaningful learning experiences. Extension activities to explore the concepts more deeply are also included. Set includes 198 K'NEX parts – enough to build 7 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, one at a time. Supports 2 – 3 students working as a team. Grades 3 -5. Building instructions and comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards included. Packaged in a strong storage tray with snap-on lid. STEM Education focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts taught through problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning and critical thinking. STEM Education requires students to be active participants in the learning. K'NEX models offer hands-on learning opportunities that encourage scientific inquiry, investigation and experimentation. Our inquiry-based lessons challenge students as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss, and evaluate scientific and design principles in action. Aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math standards. Also see K'NEX Education's Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys and Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes for grades 3-5 and K'NEX Education's Exploring Machines for middle school classrooms.

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Product Dimensions 12.5 x 2.2 x 12.2 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000O910E2
Item model number 78630
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #5,948 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#254 in Toys & Games > Building & Construction Toys > Building Sets
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By Melanie L. Pelkey on February 7, 2010
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I bought this for my 8 year old son. At first he needed a little help learning how all the pieces connected (10 min) after that...he would spend hours in his room building all of the different objects (record player, egg beater, car window, ect.) Within the first week I think he had spent over 20 hours in his room working on it. It has now been 2 months and he continues to spend hours building different things with it. Each one takes him 1-2 hours and it is so cool to seem them work. He is so proud and it is a good self esteem builder. He loves it...with his allowance he has bought more k'nex. I don't think any of the pieces have broke and they seem very strong. I am very happy that I decided to buy this toy.
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All of the models worked and were challenging enough to keep the interest of my 7-year-olds. Granted, not all of the models worked super-smoothly at first and the chain had to be tweaked a bit, but overall it was educational and they had fun playing with the results of their labor.

Don't, however, make the mistake of assuming that all K'Nex Education kits are as good as this one. We just bought Wheels and the showcase model of that kit does not work as pictured. K'Nex sets used to be rock-solid purchases, but now it seems to be "buyer beware" depending on which set you purchase. That being said, "Gears" is one of the good ones.
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I bought the K'nex gears for my 8 year old for Christmas. He has had so much fun with it! It comes with instructions to make 7 different machines. He has even tried to come up with his own inventions.
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My grandson,6, is a lego nut and video game nut. He turned up his nose at this when he saw it. He took a 2nd look when his legos were finished. He liked it and played with it as long as he does his legos. When I made one of the preplanned objects, he said, cool! how did you do that? And, he ended up loving this. Very educational, thought provoking with the gears.
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By K.J. on February 16, 2013
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I've used this with 7 to 10 year old students who have enjoyed it. They have been able to figure out how to build the machines with minimal help. The container is nice--you can see all of the pieces and sort through them easily to find the one you want. The lid snaps on and holds tight so pieces stay inside while stored.
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K'Nex Gears was bought for my six-year-old grandson for Christmas. He enjoys building cars with it and, five months later, is still enjoying playing. Some of the machines are still too sophisticated for him to build, but he's careful to put all the parts away in the box each time he gets it out. This toy will last and keep his interest for several more years: I plan to add additional sets to this one.
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Bought this as a gift for my 8 YO's bday. She is more detailed-oriented and can keep focused for long periods of time. This set has a lot of little pieces, and my daughter has already made a couple of the projects in the book (photo shows her and the turntable). She is excited to venture out and create her own structures, but I asked her to do the book projects first to get a grasp on the principles of working gears. She asked for a little help deciphering the instructions (steps are numbered, but there are only photos to guide you and the pieces you need to use are not specified), but that will actually help improve her problem-solving skills.

Comes with a "teacher's" DVD
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Grandma and Grandad purchased this and the 400 piece bucket set for my 7 year old daughter for Christmas. She has not stopped playing with it. These sets are a great addition / next toy for any kids who like my daughter, loves to build things.
The added bonus is this stuff is made in the USA. We don't buy things that are made in China which is an issue for kids toys, therefore so long as K'nex continues to be made in the USA we'll be buying it.
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