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K'NEX anyone?

 
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Rich



Joined: 18 May 2005
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Location: Coastal New England

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:18 pm    Post subject: K'NEX anyone? Reply with quote

Hi folks,

I wanted to let you know about something we're doing this year and having a blast with it. Some of you may have seen this stuff but this year we decided to use a K'NEX kit for building amusement park rides. There are several others which create bridges, elaborate roller coasters, and more. The set is designed for lessons that should last the entire school year. Students use the kit to create each project while learning the elements of physics that are applied. Along the way, they perform "lab" experiments and write up reports. The kits are rated by approximate grade level but have detailed descriptions that help you fit the kit with the students ability. They can be used individually or in small groups.

Several years ago, a group of us volunteered through US First to become a Beta testing site for this program series. It ran a little like LEGO Mindstorm and the kids had a great time while learning a lot. I highly recommend the curriculum especially if you have kids who are kinesthetic learners or who otherwise struggle with more conventional formats.

Peace,

Rich
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