GraviTrax Starter Set
Our price: $57.99
With GraviTrax your child can design and build hi-tech marble runs while using gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy, momentum, velocity, and problem-solving to propel marbles to the finish. With this open-ended construction set your child will have access to two manuals. In the first, he will be asked to build a marble run precisely as pictured. In the second, he will be told the exact pieces and a few placements, but he will need to complete the design. Both booklets are color-coded, so your child can pick his preferred level of difficulty.
With over 100 pieces and 18 different construction elements, your child will learn how physics impact the track of his marble and how experimenting with height, curves, freefall, and even a magnetic cannon can be used to control the speed of the marble. Everything a STEM building set should be, GraviTrax combines physics, architecture, and engineering and will sharpen your child’s spatial reasoning, logical planning, and architectural design skills.
GraviTrax Starter Set Includes:
Age Recommendation: 8-99 years
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Awards and Endorsements:
2018 Parents' Choice Gold Award!
We bought this for my seven year old for Christmas. He LOVES it. He’s able to accomplish a lot on his own and has spent hours and hours designing new tracks. Several other family members also love it, from siblings to grandparents.
I got this set to use as a lab activity with my son's physics curriculum. Since there are two build options, we will use one as instructive/demo and one as sort of a lab test, if you will. I am sure my son will love this sort of test over a pencil/paper one. It will be so fun to have hands-on visuals to define concepts and vocab. I can't wait until we start! The only reason I gave it 4 star instead of 5 is because I do wish it had even numbers of all the components because we do like to do side-by-side comparisons to see how changing one thing will impact the result. I feel like that is essential to developing a scientific discoverer. However, one big bonus with this set that differentiates it from other marble run products is the open-ended directions in one of the builds. The students have to put what they learned and discussed from from the first build to use in order to complete the second project. It takes this set up from "toy" to science kit, in my mind.
GraviTrax is very fun! I feel that every year, Timberdoodle find something even more fun for STEM than the last year!
My son received the Gravitrax for his 10th birthday and immediately opened it and played with it for hours! He has really enjoyed the ability to make different courses, use a different amount of marbles and see the chain reactions he can create. Very fun addition to our hands on learning fun!