Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers by Thames & Kosmos

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Ever wonder how bridges span huge distances and how skyscrapers stay standing? Structural engineers combine their knowledge of physics, building materials and geometric shapes to design them so they are stable and strong to stand the test of time.

With this kit of modular building pieces, you will learn the basics of structural engineering by conducting a series of 20 model-building experiments. You’ll build towering skyscrapers and different types of bridges such as a truss, arch, cantilever, rope and suspension bridge. Each model demonstrates a basic principle of mechanical physics or structural engineering in a hands-on way.

Start out with small models that demonstrate how structural elements can be attached together to maximize the strength of a structure for a fixed amount of material used. Explore the forces acting on structural components including tension, compression, shear and bending.

Features & Pieces:

  • 323 pieces
  • 20 experiments
  • 44-page, full-color illustrated manual
  • Includes scientific information & explanations


  • 8 & up

This toy teaches, encourages & supports:

  • Physical Development
  • Cognitive Learning
  • Exploration & Discovery

Specific Benefits:

  • Hands-on learning
  • Improves manual dexterity
  • Encourages interest in scientific exploration & engineering

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