Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 7 year-old ++
Who would love this: Parents & kids looking for unique, sustainable, and cleverly- done construction + STEM toys
Geomag is one of my favourite brands that is known for making science approachable and entertaining for kids. Each of its range focuses on different physics and mechanic principles, using exciting experiments to demonstrate specific outcomes. “Geomag - Mechanics Motion Recycled Magnetic Gears 96” is a unique STEM toy that I truly enjoyed!
Why I love ❤️ this set:
(1) Magnetic Repulsion - We know how a classic gear mechanic works - it usually involves interlocking toothed wheels pushing each other, creating chain mechanical reaction that spins. Geomag boldly modifies the traditional gear mechanism, and uses the invisible force of magnetic repulsion to create similar movement. First, construct the suggested model using the bits and pieces included (there is a total of 96 cylindrical parts, modular connectors, magnetic rods, steel spheres, clear spinning bases etc). Next, test out the polarity of the magnetic rods - make sure that the repulsion end is facing outwards (i.e. the part that acts as the “teeth” of the gear). Once this is done, we can spin the first “gear” and watch how it interacts with the other structures to trigger a chain movement with the invisible force of magnetism (and it’s so mesmerising to watch, even for adults!). We have played with many magnetic tiles and blocks before which use the principle of magnetic attraction for structure-building. But this is the very first toy that I have tested that uses the principle of magnetic repulsion. Suffice to say, I’m excited and absolutely loving the new experience!
(2) 3 Models To Construct - The instruction booklet includes 3 building ideas; the first model has two spinning structures that push (or repel) each other away, causing a graceful “merry-go-round” movement. The second model uses magnetic force to create two “angry crocodiles” that snap repeatedly, and the third model reminds me of an amusement park “swing around” ride that triggers a circling motion of another spinning wheel.
(3) Recycled Plastic - This set is proudly made of 80% recycled plastic - a fantastic sustainable toy. It is made in Switzerland and aligned with the most stringent European and international safety standards.
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