Thames and Kosmos: Peppermint Treehouse
Thames and Kosmos: Peppermint Treehouse
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Thames and Kosmos: Peppermint Treehouse

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Ages 8+

In this story-based STEM kit, Peppermint visits her aunt who is a scientist researching primates. She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. The treehouse is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper Mint and her aunt devise mechanical inventions to accomplish various tasks. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics. Projects include

  • Rope ladder
  • Pulley to lift heavy objects into the tree-house
  • Rubber-band-powered lift
  • Rotating palm leaf umbrella
  • Zip-line
  • Catapult
  • Trap door
At the end of the story, Pepper Mint wires up a string of LED lanterns using conductive thread and a battery holder to light up the treehouse in the dark jungle night. While doing this, she learns about electric circuits. The kit includes materials to build the treehouse and do the projects, a full-colour illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, as well as a scale Peppermint figurine