Saturday, May 24, 2008

K'NEX Exploring Machines Set - Builds 30 Models

The more I look these days, the more great engineering toys I find. I would have loved this as a kid. Heck, I would love it now.

This is the K'NEX Exploring Machines Set. It contains 1,460 pieces and color-coded building instructions to build 30 different models. One really cool thing about this set is that it is so big, you can build 4 of each model type simultaneously. While I am guessing that this feature is targeted at educators, I think this increases the set's play-potential dramatically.

The models demonstrate the following mechanical devices:
• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers
• Fixed, movable, compound, and block & tackle pulley systems
• Wheel and axles with the force applied to wheel and axle
• Inclined planes, screws, and wedges
• Spur, crown, sprocket, rack and pinion, transmission, and differential gear systems
The set comes in a plastic storage case with dividers and lock-on transparent lid.

Here's the K'NEX EDUCATION Exploring Machines set at Amazon.
Here is the K'NEX Exploring Machines Set at Edmund Scientifics.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Here in europe, we have this cool stuff, it's also with building blocks and called LEGO ;)

May 24, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


As cool as this K'NEX set seems, LEGO is still the king of building toys...

Now that they have added gears and programmable robotics, they have ensured that they will be the construction toy of choice for kids and adults for years to come.

You make a great point!


Dug North

May 24, 2008 at 5:55 PM  

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