GUMBALL MACHINE MAKER
Super Sweet Science Stunts & Tricks!
Imagine this: a gumball machine meets a marble run meets a roller coaster meets a pinball machine. That's what you get with the Gumball Machine Maker! Build your own gumball machines and learn physics lessons in the process. A turn of the handle dispenses one gumball at a time out of the clear storage globe and down the track. The track is made up of different segments which can be moved around on the base of the machine to create an almost limitless number of different gumball machines.
- Ages 6-12+
- 16-page, full-color experiment manual with assembly instructions
- 52 pieces
- 12 experiments
About Thames & Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom. T&K's mission has since expanded from its STEM roots to encompass other educational branches, including arts and crafts and games and magic. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Our vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them how things work.
The Stunts & Tricks
Gumball Physics: Explore STEM Lessons with a Gumball Machine?!
That's right! Gumball Machine Maker has everything to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Each track and stunt offers an opportunity to explore different scientific concepts. The manual takes a close look at these principles, providing detailed and easy-to-understand explanations of what's going on and how it relates to our understanding of physics and engineering. Below is an overview of some of the tracks and the principles they demonstrate and explore:
- The 180-degree smooth track demonstrates mass, gravity, speed, and velocity.
- The momemtum trap track demonstrates inertia, elastic collision, and inelastic collision.
- The variable-slope track is an example of a simple machine, and demonstrates work and energy (potential and kinetic).
- The centripetal force funnel demonstrates rotational inertia.
- The pendulum attachment demonstrates equilibrium and center of mass.
Thames & Kosmos is committed to providing quality products that users can enjoy and learn from for a long time. Our team is available to troubleshoot any problems that may arise while using our kits, and replacement parts are also available. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let us know. We love our products and want you to have the best possible experience with them!