Model bridge kits are a classic part of any industrial technology classroom. Whether each student gets their own kit, or you have them share a kit in small groups, there’s no doubt that they’ll all come up with some fun and unique designs. When it’s time to test the structural integrity of their balsa wood bridge, students will be excited to see which is the strongest… and who gets bragging rights.
Dragsters & Racers
Designing, crafting, and racing their own balsa wood dragsters is a favorite activity for students. They get to learn across the STEAM curriculum with math, woodworking, arts, and physics.
Younger students who aren’t quite ready for power tools can enjoy educational toys such as mousetrap, egg drop, and marble vehicles. They can also learn the different types of propulsion with a jet balloon racer, electric car kit, or air prop racer.
And when you need accessories, don’t forget about straws, co2 cartridges, lubricant, axles, wheels, a paint stand, wheel kits, raceways, polystyrene, styrofoam, body blanks, washers, wire, marbles, firing pins, and a stopwatch.
Rocketry, Flight & Aerodynamics
Kids love to take lessons outside, and what better excuse than model rockets! From simple, snap-together projects to more detailed kits requiring design, layout, cutting, and shaping, your students will have a blast building rockets and seeing how high they can fly.
A newer addition to today’s industrial technology classrooms is teaching children about drones. Build-your-own models show children the mechanics and engineering behind drone flight. Camera-enabled drones also allow for the opportunity to learn photography, robotics, land mapping and surveying, and coding.
Scale Model Building Kits
All-in-one scale model building kits make it easy to get everything you need for your classroom. Each of the wooden model house kits includes all the necessary materials and instructions for building a miniature home or bridge. The architectural model building kits are a great way for students to learn the basics of architectural design with a clear outline and project goal. After they’ve built up their skill set, they can start to design and build their own structures with pieces of scale lumber and extra supplies.
Scale Model Building Lumber
These scale modeling supplies from Bud Nosen are designed for students to create engineering and architectural models in the classroom. Midwest Technology Products offers basswood strips, sheets, blocks, and balsa wood sticks. These can be stained or painted to achieve any look. Use them as extra scale lumber pieces to accompany an all-in-one kit, restock your cabinets, or give students open-ended construction time.
Scale Model Building Tools & Supplies
Every budding construction engineer, architect, bridge designer or car manufacturer needs the best scale modeling tools and supplies to learn the craft. Starting with the basics such as hobby knives, tweezers, foam board, and cutting mats, they’ll learn the structural elements that make a solid design. As they improve their skills, bringing in new model building tools like clamps, an air brush, or power drill will really level-up their mastery. We have all that and more to stock your classroom and encourage the future builders and designers of America!