Utilizing a play area that stands over two feet tall, children will apply the downward force of gravity to accelerate balls down a series of crazy ramps, gears, and levers with the SmartLab Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab. Featuring over 60 unique contraption pieces that seem to be inspired by the inventions of Rube Goldberg, this fantastic machine kit for kids gives young physics enthusiasts nearly unlimited design options. Track clips can be positioned on the vertical play board with a Velcro-style hold, so each part of your child's contraption is easy to secure onto the board. As children analyze how each track piece influences the velocity and momentum of the steel balls, contraption pieces are easy to adjust for creating the perfect downhill course.
Curved tracks in the Contraption Lab accelerate the ball's progress while the wavy track and zigzag ramp add to the fun of watching each steel ball make its way down the track and through the series of contraptions children incorporate into their fantastic machine. Centrifugal force is demonstrated as the ball swirls through the funnel and makes its way into the toilet bowl, while the cleaning machine and boot buster clearly show the transfer of energy in cause and effect relationships. Off ramps take the steel balls away from the play board, so the balls can maneuver around other parts of the course when children create a more advanced fantastic machine.
Five track designs are included in the instruction manual to highlight how to incorporate particular contraptions into each Rube Goldberg style fantastic machine. Children are left with the challenge of figuring out how to use every ball and contraption piece in one exciting downhill run. They will have to test different arrangements and identify how even slight changes can make big differences in the ball's trajectory. No matter how advanced or basic a design is, each successful construction in the Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab is rewarded with the thrilling launch of the helmet-wearing stunt pig!
The SmartLab Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab includes the following fantastic machine pieces:
Ages 7 and Up