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K'NEX Education Exploring Machines Building Set (1432-Piece)

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Education Exploring Machines Building Set (1432-Piece)

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Product Overview

Hands-On Learning. The K'NEX Education Exploring Machines set is designed to expand upon middle school student's knowledge of simple machines concepts. Students investigate, explore and experiment with the K'NEX simple machine models as they analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. The Teacher's guide includes Student Inquiry Sheets and Worksheets for the models highlighted. Student Worksheets ask questions about the machine being investigated and present challenges that can be used to help students think more deeply about the concepts involved. Set includes 1432 K'NEX parts - enough to build 30 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, up to four at a time. Supports 8-12 students working in teams. Grades 5 - 9. Building instructions and comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards included. Packaged in a strong storage tray with snap-on lid. STEM Education focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts taught through problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning and critical thinking. STEM Education requires students to be active participants in the learning. K'NEX models offer hands-on learning opportunities that encourage scientific inquiry, investigation and experimentation.

  • Our inquiry-based lessons challenge students as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss, and evaluate scientific and design principles in action
  • Aligned to science, technology, engineering, and math standards
  • Expands upon middle school students' knowledge of simple machine concepts
  • Uses hands-on exploration in conjunction with an engaging student-inquiry based approach to learning
  • Educational concepts: effort and resistance forces; mechanical advantage; W=Fd
  • Builds 30 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, up to four at a time
  • Supports 8-12 students working in teams
  • Includes 1,432 K'NEX pieces
  • Comprehensive teacher's guide CD includes student inquiry sheets and worksheets to help students think more deeply about the concepts involved
  • Building instructions included
  • Teacher's guide aligned to national science, technology, engineering and math standards and common core mathematics
  • Recommended for use in 5th through 9th grade classrooms
  • Warning: choking hazard - has small parts, not for children under 3 years of age



Assembled Depth (in.)
12.25 in
Assembled Height (in.)
4.75 in
Assembled Width (in.)
17 in


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Product Weight (lb.)

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited

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Education Exploring Machines Building Set (1432-Piece) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Classroom Resource! My school bought 2 of these great kits to incorporate into our 5th grade simple machines unit. I have been SO pleased with the increased student engagement, and great questions that have come out of our building. There are options to build a variety of levers, wheels and axles, screws, wedges, and more! There are plenty of parts that I can have 7 groups of students working on different builds simultaneously, and have not ran out of parts! From beginner to expert, my students jumped right in, and worked to follow the visual directions. My students are already asking when we get to build with K'NEX again! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Grandson loves it! Hours of enjoyment. We bought Exploring machines for my Grandson this holiday season and he has spent hours building, designing and creating little magical machines. I am not sure who is enjoying this more; Grandma seeing the creations or Thomas entertaining the entire family!! (: [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I really found this product a challenge. It took me multiple attempts to make it the way it was intended. Also I like how Knex now caters to older and more complex thinks, evident in this product.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Interactive Models!!! I received an exploring machines kit through our Science department at school that was just sitting in a cabinet and it was brand new. I teach 6th grade Math & Science and this kit is amazing. We will be studying Simple Machines in a few weeks and I took home the kit to check it out. I put together the hammer, screwdriver, archimedes screw, and am now working on the elevator. My niece, a 2nd grader loved it so much, she asked me to bring it back so she could make her own version of an elevator. I really like how well constructed and strong the pieces are and  when they are all connected together how life like the end products are and that they really work. It's very cool.  I know my students will really like to work on putting together these simple machines. I am just trying to figure out if there are enough pieces for  9 small groups to work on them. I need to get at least one more set, if not two. If I win the contest, I will be using it to buy another exploring machines set for my classroom.       I think it's definitely worth the money and anyone will learn from making the many items listed. Hours of strategic fun. Not for the faint of heart.
Date published: 2014-01-22
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