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Smithsonian Motor-Works Advanced Science Kit

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WARNING: choking hazard - small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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At a glance

STEM: Science
STEM: Science
STEM: Technology
STEM: Technology
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Engineering

Highlights

  • Build a Working Model of a 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Valves Rock, Spark Plugs Fire and Pistons Drive Crankshaft
  • Battery Operated Moving Parts and Lights
  • 35" x 23" Color Poster
  • Includes STEM Educational Content
  • Requires 2AA Batteries (Not Included)

Specifications

Contains: Does not contain any of the 8 major allergens

Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up

Material: Metal, plastic

Includes: Instruction guide

CPSC Choking Hazard Warnings: Choking_hazard_small_parts

Number of Players: 1 Player

Educational Focus: Science, engineering, technology

Battery: 2 AA Alkaline, Required, not included

TCIN: 51170850
UPC: 042409518755
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-2406

Description

Smithsonian® Motor-Works™ Advanced Science Kit.Includes: 2 Washers, 2 Shafts in Various Lengths, 4 Exhaust Valves, 4 Intake Valves, 8 Valve Stems, 4 Piston Pins, 8 Piston Halves, 4 Connecting Rod Keepers, 4 Connecting Rods, 8 Timing Cams, 8 Rocker Arms, 1 Crankshaft, 1 Crankshaft Pulley, 1 Fan Pulley, 1 Fan, 1 Engine Mounting Stand, 5 Bearings, 1 Clutch Housing, 1 Oil-Pan, 1 Lower Crankcase, 1 Rocker Arm Cover, 1 Upper Cylinder Head, 1 Timing Belt, 1 Timing Wheel, 1 Timing Gear, 1 Belt Tensioning Pulley, 1 Lower Cylinder Head, 1 Cylinder Block, 1 Dipstick, 1 Positioning Jig, 1 Timing Belt Cover, 1 Intake Manifold, 1 Exhaust Manifold, 1 Carburetor Cover, 1 Carburetor Bowl, 1 Front Half of Water Pump, 1 Rear Half of Water Pump, 1 Flywheel Clutch, 1 Fan Belt, 1 Head Gasket, 8 Valve Springs, 1 Distributor Assembly, 1 Drive Module, 1 Battery Pack, 67 Screws and Color Poster with Instructions.
STEM: Science
STEM: Science
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: science.
STEM: Technology
STEM: Technology
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Technology.
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Engineering
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Engineering.
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Guest Ratings & Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews
73% would recommend
11 recommendations
ease of use: 4 out of 5
broad age appeal: 4.4 out of 5
quality: 3.6 out of 5
value: 2 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5

Great great idea, poor execution and quality

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
mr_yeet_official - 3 days ago
I was very excited to assemble the engine and had a fun time doing so. However, I have a couple of complaints about the design and instructions that partially ruined the experience. First, there were several sections of the instructions that were extremely unclear and didn't correlate much at all with the actual parts/assembly. The worst of these mistakes is the camshaft assembly. Second, several of the parts were very low quality and basically prevented the engine from functioning properly once assembled. The worst examples of this are the "spark plugs" not staying in their locations and the crankshaft deflecting to the point where the drive gears didn't retain contact with each other (which stalled the engine). Third, there is two different valve cap types provided for the cylinders, with 4 of each. I was given 5 of one type and 3 of the other. Overall a great idea, but the errors in the instructions and lack of quality control kind of ruined the otherwise fun experience for me. I am 24 years old and about to graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, so I am definitely a nerd and have higher expectations than they probably are expecting the target audience to have. But I thought I'd still give my opinion :)
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
value: 2 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
ease of use: 2 out of 5
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Best gift ever award!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Hekunst - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my 8 year old nephew. I have never been so blown away by a gift I’ve given to a kid. My family is very Christmas focused and we do a LOT of gifts. Just the other day he told me that this gift was his favorite he has ever received. If you have a child who loves to build things, and maybe needs something extensive that can hold their attention, then this is what you need. It’s perfect for parent/child bonding time and is a very involved project. There are many many pieces and it will be exciting to see how it turns out!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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Start your Engine

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Miller Family - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Very nice Christmas gift for my son. It really works, you don't have to be a mechanic, and you will know the inner and outer workings of a real motor. Put it together in just a few hours, and it was fun.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
MotorWorks - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
So far to say, we are very happy with this kit. Not only is it a fun, interactive way for the kids to learn. It's also fun to watch everything working inside. So many questions answered in such a short amount of time really helps to wrap heads around how a motor works. To an extent of course
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
ease of use: 4 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
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Good learning experience

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Chuck - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Bought as a gift for nephew instructions were very easy to understand he had it together in less than 4 hours
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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Build and learn

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Sterling47 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Great learning tool and to see it actually function is very cool. Great price, very fast delivery. Looking forward to building with my grandson.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
ease of use: 4 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Directions hard to follow

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Sara53 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Cool kit in theory, but I’m an adult and the directions were hard to follow, and once we got it all put together something was causing it to jam (there were several unclear directions where i guessed, so it was likely my fault). If the directions were clearer i’d rate it well, but as it is, it’s probably going in the trash.
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Didn't work

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Bad experience - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Bad experience, my son putting together and didn't work at all
ease of use: 3 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 2 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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