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Leonardo Da Vinci Bridge Kit - Explore Engineering Principles - Spans 5 Feet When Assembled, No Tools Required - Garage Physics

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SKU GP00024
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$99.99 - $99.99
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  • EXPLORE ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES || Can five dowels, ten pieces of wood, and 26 rubber bands be used to build a bridge which spans 5 feet and can carry 60 lbs? You bet! Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge can do it! This kit allows you to build it yourself, and explore simple but important engineering principles
  • 5 FEET SPAN || Bridge spans 5 feet long. Assembly is required, but tools aren't!
  • DURABLE HARDWOOD PARTS || Plywood beams and dowels are all high-quality, precision-cut birch
  • STEM LEARNING || Introduces and demonstrates real world STEM concepts. Allows students of all ages to explore and engineering principles, energy transfer, gravitational and lateral forces. Engages learners to discover new ideas about the physical world through assembly and play
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX? || Kit includes ten wood beams, five dowels, 34 rubber bands, cardboard storage box and instructions for assembly and experimental activities
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Can five 16” dowels, ten 2 ft long pieces of wood, and 26 rubber bands (total weight of 5 lbs for all parts) be used to build a bridge which spans 5 feet and can carry 60 lbs? You bet! Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge can do it! This kit allows you to build it yourself! Once you’ve caught the principle behind it, who knows what you’ll build!

Leonardo da Vinci invented this bridge between 1485 and 1487 for his patron Cesar Borgia. Cesar was looking for a light and strong bridge that his troops could deploy quickly – one that required no woodworking expertise or knowledge. Da Vinci’s bridge fit the bill perfectly. It has only 2 unique parts and is completely self-supporting.

Unlike this kit, da Vinci’s original design requires no fasteners. Instead, the beams have notches cut in them to suppress lateral forces. For simplicity, this kit does not include notches but uses rubber bands as fasteners. Using rubber bands has the added benefit of allowing us to see how force is transferred in the bridge. The rubber bands stretch as weight is applied, showing how gravitational forces are transformed into lateral forces

Kit includes ten 0.75” x 1.5” x 24” wood beams, five 0.75” x 16” dowels, 34 #64 rubber bands, cardboard storage box and instructions for assembly and experimental activities.

The Eisco Garage Physics line is aimed at students interested in STEM concepts included physics and engineering. Each kit engages learners to discover new ideas about the physical world through assembly and play.