Tinker Crate is a subscription box that inspires kids to learn about science, engineering, and technology, all while having lots of fun. Each month, the box explores a field of study within a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) discipline. Kids practice their problem-solving skills and learn how to engage in both structured and open-ended exploration and investigation. Most boxes walk the tinkerers through the construction of fairly complex mechanical devices.
This month, we got the DRIFT MOTORCYCLE BOX.
Everything arrives together in a single Tinker Crate – the supplies, a fold-out instruction sheet, and the Tinker Zine.
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The main project is always a great hands-on activity and a great demonstration of the scientific principles featured in the box, but the Tinker Zine is full of well-written, historically and scientifically accurate background and explanatory materials. This where the lessons really take shape!
The Tinker Zine does a great job of explaining the technology and introducing it in a way that catches the interests of the kids. This issue started out by providing the summary of content inside by providing information about motorcycles and how they work.
They also included the history of motorcycles.
The timeline they showed also made us wonder, “What would the motorcycles of the future look like?”
They even showed an illustration and some useful information on how to put the motor in the motorcycle.
This feature explains how drifting works.
A drift is what happens when a vehicle SLIDES through a turn.
Tinker Crate Blueprint + Materials
The kit includes all the materials needed to construct your own drift motorcycle.
There’s also a list of all the materials.
From changing up the tires to troubleshooting, they’ve laid down everything on the blueprint.
The step-by-step instructions guide you through the project. They are clearly written and very easy to follow, pointing out potential pitfalls so you don’t go astray.
Tinker Crate Activities
The instructions are accompanied by helpful illustrations.
The guide also made some key points and reminders on how things should be placed and how they should look. This instruction manual makes building the project pretty handy!
Is there something wrong? The leaflet also provides a trouble shooting in any case that the wings don’t flap.
Here’s a page dedicated to tips about proper battery use. There are a handful of notes on what and what not to do with your batteries, for safer play!
My daughter started on working with her very own drift motorcycle. After reading the mag and instructions, she prepared all the materials…
…and carefully followed the step by step instructions.
She’s putting the bands on where they should be and in a short matter of time, I think she’s ready to test it out!
Here’s her finished drift motorcycle, ready for a test run!
It looks really cool and ready to experiment with friction!
It’s looking good as the drive pulley is actually above the wooden arm and doesn’t stick out past it. Great job!
Tinker Crate Extension Activities
You may also try other activities like this Maker Challenge!
Tinker Zine also included book suggestions for kids which includes Engineering: The Riveting World of Buildings and Machines and The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math.
Bringing fun learning activities for the kids, Tinker Crate is one of the best STEM-related boxes that we’ve experienced so far. The super-complete booklet walked us through the purpose, principles, and application of every component. The presentation also made it easier for even little kids to grasp the concepts and principles underlying each activity, and it also made it easier for adults to explain it to them. We really love this month’s Drift Motorcycle project, it taught the kids about the science of friction. If you are looking for an activity that will further develop your kids especially in the STEM area, this is the perfect subscription to try!
Have you tried Tinker Crate yet with your kids?