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Deluxe Hydrodynamic Building Set
The perfect set for engineering-minded kids (or adults)!
Explore how tanks, valves, pumps, and pipes work together as you build scale models of an ice cream factory, oil refinery, water treatment plant, vinegar distillation plant, and more. Just put together the sturdy plastic pieces and add water to power the factory!
This hydrodynamic building set comes with 300 pieces, including an electric pump (12-volt, AC power), siphon tank, float valve, flow meter, water wheel, spray head, and pipe holders. The illustrated 15-page manual explains the parts (like a siphon and valves) and includes a schematic of an ice cream factory (showing how sugar, milk, etc. are mixed) as well as interesting facts. Ages 10 & up (or for younger kids with help).
Controlling fluid flow is a critical component of most large manufacturing plants, from chemical plants and oil refineries to food processing plants that make your favorite cereal. However, the concept of fluid flow control is difficult to grasp by many aspiring chemical and mechanical engineers. This hydrodynamic building kit not only helps your kids to visualize fluid flow, but they can experiment with it as well.
- electric pump (12-volt, AC power)
- siphon tank
- large square tank
- small & large round-bottom and cone-bottom tanks
- float valve
- tilt scale
- ball flow meter
- water wheel
- spray head
- assorted valves
- pipe holders
- guide booklet
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- Thursday, March 28, 2013science-living 10 yr oldReviewed By: Nathan Baxley
I like that this set comes with all the real parts that a factory would have...like valves, pump, and tanks. The pieces are easy to snap together and there are several choices of models to make. I do wish there were instructions for all the models in the manual...but there is only instructions for one. The rest of the models have pictures, but not step-by-step. That is why I rated it four stars. Overall it is lots of fun and challenging too!
- Monday, March 25, 2013love itReviewed By: J,J,
i love it i just have one thing to say i love it
- Monday, December 31, 2012interestingReviewed By: Emily
My son enjoyed it quite a bit at first. Then he tried to make lemonade and it got stuck up. He would like it better if he could put something besides water in it. Otherwise he enjoyed watching how the water moves.
- Monday, January 03, 2011Very funReviewed By: Joe
but needs some directions
- Tuesday, August 19, 2008Cool, But Needs More ExplanationReviewed By: PS
This kit is well thought out right down to the great Tupperware-type parts container and waterproof instructions. My kids, ages 13 to 16, have been enjoying making the six different models suggested in the directions as well as experimenting with their own designs. It is definitely a hit with them. However, since we bought this as one of our tools for science this year,I am a bit disappointed that except for the ice cream factory there is no explanation with the different factory designs -- I was hoping for some detailed information about what exactly the factories are doing with the fluid flow. For instance -- the plastic plant's model is very cool, but what is it doing exactly???? We will of course be doing our own research -- without explanations this kit still helps kids visualize fluid flow, but the application is lost.Read More Reviews