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Welcome to Engineering Week here at The Homeschool Scientist! I am excited to kick the week off with our new friends at Bionic Blox. My goal for the week is to introduce you to some interesting, fun ways to incorporate engineering concepts into your homeschool science studies. Bionic Blox are a great way to start!
We have been looking at different building blocks for our kids for a while now. Everything we have seen is either geared for a lower age group and were merely stacking blocks to build structures or were too complicated with many small pieces and complex directions. Then, I was contacted by Bionic Blox to check out their product. (Disclosure: Yes, I was contacted by Bionic Blox and given a set for review purposes. However, that never sways my opinions. They are all my own.)
Bionic Blox has wood stacking planks like other similar toys, but adds an important component that makes all the difference – the connectors. These 4 sided connectors allow for more diverse building opportunities.
Instead of being limited to structures or buildings, my kids can create airplanes, rockets and geometric shapes.
Last week, we used the Bionic Blox to learn about bridges and building structure. After talking about structure and strength and observing some local bridges, my seven year old son built his own bridge with Bionic Blox. He made it to be very strong. He tested it with a load of books. It passed.
Next, we played around with design. I told him to make another bridge but with fewer planks. He carefully examined his bridge and came up with a plan that he thought would use less materials, but still be strong enough to hold the books. The bridge held, but he could see some weak parts of his design.
We did the same kind of strength test with a taller structure. My son tested his creation with the books and looked for weaknesses in the design. He, then, made corrections.
Needless to say, the Bionic Blox are a huge hit! My 11 year old daughter even used them to create 3D shapes for her geometry study. I’m sure you will like Bionic Blox as much as we do. That’s why I want you to win a set of Bionic Blox of your own!!
Bionic Blox is giving a 100 piece set of planks and connectors to one The Homeschool Scientist reader!
Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win the Bionic Blox Visionary Set. There are several entry opportunities! Contest ends Thursday March 14 at midnight!