Pepper Mint - The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure
This award winning, innovative range from Thames and Kosmos features a curious, skilful and creative young engineer called Pepper Mint. This story-based STEM kit is a great introduction for children and young people who want to gets hands on and experimenting with some key scientific and engineering principles.
On this particular expedition Pepper Mint visits her aunt who is a scientist researching primates. She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. The treehouse is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper Mint and her aunt devise mechanical inventions to accomplish various tasks. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics.
The accompanying narrative takes the characters from experiment to experiment (9 in total) - projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm leaf umbrella, a zipwire, a catapult, and a trap door.
At the end of the story, Pepper Mint learns all about electric circuits whilst wiring up a string of LED lanterns using conductive thread and a battery holder to light up the treehouse in the dark jungle night.
The kit includes all the necessary materials to build the treehouse and complete the projects, a full-colour illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual (32 pages), as well as a Pepper Mint figure. See video for more information.
Designed for children aged 8 years +
Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years, small parts may be swallowed or inhaled. Only for use by children aged 8 years +. Boxed dimensions: 16.8 x 11.5 x 3.2 inches