Item description for SMARTLAB: You Build It - Motor Mania (Smartlab) by Paul Beck...
Includes everything kids need to build 10 fun and functional motorized projects! Kids can create a drink stirrer, a hypnoticon, a fan, a game spinner, a car, a tram, a winch, a conveyor, a crane, and a tranktor.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 3.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 11" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 23, 2006
Publisher Smart Lab
ISBN 1932855343 ISBN13 9781932855340 UPC 983450900314
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Beck
Paul Beck has been writing about science since 1994. His science specialties include sound, music, language, and animals. When his 20-year stint developing exhibits for Seattle s hands-on Pacific Science Center ended, he devoted himself to the life of the freelance writer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Uncover a Dog, Explore Within a Pirate Ship, Skulls, and The Field Guide to Safari Animals.He lives in Seattle. "
Reviews - What do customers think about SMARTLAB: You Build It - Motor Mania (Smartlab)?
Great concept, spoiled by flawed execution May 31, 2008
This item was bought as a gift for my grandson on his 5th birthday. He loves anything with wheels, and its time for him to begin to understand the basic underlying principles that actually make them go. This kit looked ideal to not only provide that understanding but also yield a creative toy that could be enjoyed repeatedly. Unfortunately, the gear that meshes with the motor's worm gear was cast slightly eccentric (off center), and tended to bind at one point of its rotation enough to seriously limit the power output capability of the drive train. Shimming the motor didn't solve the problem, as it was always too near or too far from the miscast gear at some point. Modifying the gear with an Xacto knife finally achieved acceptable performance, but would probably be beyond the ability of the average parent, and certainly a 5 year old. Hopefully the manufacturer will correct this serious flaw to enable the kit to fulfill its true potential.
Smart Lab review May 29, 2007
Good product for children. The only drawback that the batteries are not included and it is not indicated.