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Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst Kit

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Electric Motors Catalyst makes it easy for parents and teachers to provide kids with super-fun open-ended learning and Tinkering. Kids can build countless different projects that utilize the power ... View Full Description

Total Price: $75.74

Categories: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, STEM
Product Type: Kit
Shipping Time: Products from this seller ship within 0-1 days

Product Description

Electric Motors Catalyst makes it easy for parents and teachers to provide kids with super-fun open-ended learning and Tinkering. Kids can build countless different projects that utilize the power of electric motors. A deck of Challenge Cards invites kids to use their own imagination to build things like "A Robot That Moves Without Wheels" and "A Machine That Can Scramble an Egg." Great for ages 6-13.

Who is it for?

  • Children Ages 6 to 13
  • Elementary & Middle School Classrooms (Grades 1-8)
  • Homeschool Families
  • After-School & Enrichment Programs

What are educators saying about the Electric Motors Catalyst?

It’s hard to find products that promote STEM learning, truly engage kids’ creativity, are effective across a wide range of ages and abilities, and require no specialized teacher training or equipment. Tinkering Labs delivers all of that.

ROB MONAHAN Director of Education, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Queens, NY

We love this kit! We’re doing one Challenge a week with our 3rd and 4th graders, and the enthusiasm our students bring to it is amazing.

SARAH NIXON 4th Grade Teacher, Christ Lutheran School Albuquerque, NM

We incorporate the Catalyst Kits into our unit on circuitry. The various components allow our students to play with concepts of engineering and electricity. Through their own process of tinkering, they are able to make meaning and develop a deeper sense of understanding.

COLIN REYNOLDS Tinkerlab Curator, Bennett Day School Chicago, IL

I use the Catalyst to bring STEM access to my students. Students have such a fear of failing - we so often give them very narrow parameters for success, and the Catalysts offer students a very broad definition of what success can look like.

BLAIR MISHLEAU Technology Specialist, KIPP-DC Heights Academy, Washington, DC

When children are curious, learning follows. Our students respond to how “real” the Tinkering Labs Catalyst is - real motors, real wood parts, real hardware. The Challenges give our students creative, hands-on problem-solving experiences that stretch their thinking.

BONNIE NISHIHARA Director of Educational Design and Innovation, Mark Day School, San Rafael, CA

See the Electric Motors Catalyst in Action

What's included?

Electric Components:

  • 2 Electric Motors with Detachable Wires
  • 1 Battery Pack with Switch
  • 2 AA Batteries

Wooden Components:

  • 1 Wooden Chassis
  • 12 Wooden Wheels in 6 Sizes
  • 2 L-Shape Wooden Connectors
  • 2 Short Straight Wooden Connectors
  • 2 Long Wooden Connectors

Hardware & Connectors:

  • 2 Metal Axles
  • 4 Metal L-Brackets
  • 10 Small Bolts
  • 10 Wing Nuts for Bolts
  • 12 Bushings for Motor and Axle Connections
  • 12 Rubber Bands

Tools & Supplies:

  • 1 Pair of Safety Glasses, Child Size
  • 3 Washable Markers
  • 1 Large 3-Foot Wide Paper Work Surface
  • 1 Full-Size Phillips Head Screwdriver


  • 1 Cloth Storage Bag
  • 1 Clear-Top Metal Hardware Tin

Printed Tips & Guide

  • 10 Challenge Cards
  • 1 Clear Challenge Card Holder
  • 1 Safety Tips Card
  • 1 22-Page Building Techniques Booklet




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    hands-on excitement
    Feb 06, 2017

    As an enrichment teacher in an elementary school, I bought these kits to use in preparation for our Invention unit. My third graders absolutely loved tinkering around and begged to keep going when it was time to clean up. These kits encouraged risk-taking, collaboration, and problem solving! So much fun to see the students jumping up and down with excitement!

    Kara S - Teacher - Member Since February 2017
    great project with loads of possibilities
    Nov 11, 2016

    I really like that this tinkering kit comes with a bunch of pieces that can be put together in any way with elastic bands. This is great for my impatient child. Things can go together fast and be easily adjusted. The challenges are great for getting us started and thinking about different possibilities for robots. Overall a great product. The inclusion of two motors is also a big plus.

    Beth B - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since November 2015

About the Seller

Tinkering Labs
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As founder of Tinkering School and Brightworks, 10 years of Tinkering experience has taught me that kids can build anything, and through building, learn anything.  But not every kid can come to our school or camps. So we started Tinkering Labs to make the problem-solving skills, knowledge and confidence that Tinkering enables available to all kids. Help us bring the pure joy of invention to the kids in your life with the Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst.

Thank you, and #TinkeringForAll!

Gever Tulley

Gever Tulley


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