Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Pitsco Seige Machines Review
Pitsco is a company that has been around for over 40 years, and is focused on helping teachers and students succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They produce STEM related curriculum, kits, teacher guides, and classroom tools. And when they asked the TOS Crew to review the Medieval Machines Kit, you know I jumped at the chance!
The Medieval Machines Kit features everything you need to build a catapult and a trebuchet, as well as clay to use as your "ammunition", and a book filled with the history of the machines as well as science, technology, engineering, and math problems to work out that are related to each one. The kit arrives as shown above. The wood pieces have been cut through cleanly, and are easy to remove. Once glued together (using wood glue or super glue) according to the instructions provided, the machines are quite sturdy and strong. The finished catapult is about 6 inches long by 5 inches tall (with the arm fully released), and 2 1/2 inches wide. It's the perfect size to pack some punch, but still be manageable but students of any age. The trebuchet is about 10 inches long by almost 14 inches tall (with the arm fully released) by 2 1/2 inches wide. It too is quite powerful but still a manageable size even for younger students. The book contains activities such as comparing the mass of different sized ammunition verses the distance that ammunition is thrown by the catapult, or converting from English units (Imperial units) to Metric, or calculating averages, just to name a few.
You can purchase the Medieval Machines Kit HERE for $21.95. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.
Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received one Medieval Machines Kit and one box of Klean Klay for free for the purpose of being able to give an honest review of these products. Those materials were the only compensation I received.