Thursday, December 8, 2011

TOS Review ~ Medieval Machines Pack (Pitsco Education)

Do you like hands-on learning? Ever wondered how to make history more hands-on? Do your kids like science projects, building things? Well, Pitsco Education may have just what you are looking for! 
We received the Medieval Machines Homeschool Pack from Pitsco

What you get for $21.95:
~Instructions and materials to build a Trebuchet
~Instructions and materials to build a Catapult
~32 page Siege Machines Book filled with a brief History of the machines and 6 Science and Math Experiments for the Catapult and 5 Science and Math Experiments for the Trebuchet (there are also Additional Resources, Standards Addressed and a Bibliography). Don't forget the section on SAFETY!

What is NOT included (*Trebuchet; ~Catapult):
*Glue (bond or Insta-Cure)
*Hobby Knife
*Needlenose pliers
*Safety goggles
*Felt-tipped marker
~Glue (Bond or Wood)
~Piece of Waxed Paper 15"
~1-2 facial tissues
While this is geared for the Intermediate/Middle school level, I think both older and younger children can learn a lot from it. My children are on the younger side (3, 5 and 11). My 11 year-old helped daddy build while the 5 year-old watched. All three children enjoy watching the clay "fly" through the house! The 5 year-old asked to see which one made the clay go farther (she wanted them to "race"). We didn't use many of the experiments in the book because they are written above the level of my children but we are saving it and the machines for when they are ready! We did, however, lead the children in discussions that were related to the experiments in the book and did some modified (age-approipriate) experiments.

Other thoughts:
~The kids LOVE it! They love watching the clay "fly" and seeing how far it will go. The also enjoyed seeing how it was built.
~Daddy and Unicorn said the directions were easy to read and follow. It only took about an hour to build each one. (That is start to finish including drying time).
~I loved that it was a fun and easy way to bring Daddy into a homeschooling project! I was able to take pictures (see below)!

Pitsco has many other products. Check out their website for find products in Aerospace, Race Cars, Engineering, Math, Physical Science, Robotics, Structures and Sustainable Energy. They also sell materials and tools and classes.

{Disclaimer: I received the Medieval Machines Pack from Pitsco in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.}
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  1. I'm sad I didn't get to review this one... I may have to get the Medieval Machines for my kids, though!

    BIG QUESTION:  How did you get the side scrolling photos at the end of your post?  It looks like you did it through Photobucket, but I can't figure out how you did it!!  Let me know!  

  2. AdventuresinHomeEducatingDecember 8, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Mary! We really enjoyed this review! The kids want Daddy to "play" with them every night!

    I was just about to answer you about the slideshow and I see you commented on another post that you figured it out! Cool! Have fun!

  3. My kids would LOVE this!

  4. That is so cool! What a fun resource. Thanks!

  5. We were bummed we didn't get this one. It looks so fun!!!

  6. I have never heard of these!  Thank you for sharing with us over at NOBH!


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