Homeschool Crew Review: Pitsco

     For this Pitsco review, we received the Medieval Machines Pack  which includes a Trebuchet Kit, a Catapult Kit, Siege Machines book, and counterweights for the Trebuchet. Also included with the shipment was a box of Klean Clay used to make projectiles for the kits. The package of clay is sold separately from this particular kit. The current price for this kit is $21.95. Additional teachers guides are also available for both the Trebuchet Kit and the Catapult Kit .
     Some "basic household items" were listed as requirements such as glue and scissors. The projects also required some intricate cutting of the laser cut wood pieces and wire provided. If you don't follow directions exactly, you may also need some strong thread. We improvised with polyester thread found in Grandmommie's sewing supplies.

     My kids completed the trebuchet kit with Pappy while I observed and read out loud to them from the Siege Machines book. I turned some of the statements into questions for the kids and Pappy discussed history. Do you know who was the first to combine the science and engineering necessary to use siege craft as effective weapons of war? My 7 year old son quickly made his own association with Narnia.
     These activities are designed for middle school students, but as usual my son joined his big sisters. Below, see him duck while experimenting as the initial trials didn't always have the anticipated outcome.

     After a bit of practice, the cereal box target was successfully hit!
     Our completed trebuchet!

"Pitsco offers a variety of hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) products and curriculum including several kit and curriculum packages specifically for Homeschoolers."

from the website:
From The Lord of the Rings to Night at the Museum, we are fascinated by these medieval devices. Now, use that interest to teach basic math, science, and problem-solving skills. With this pack, your child learns about catapults and trebuchets through hands-on activities that cover three areas:
  • Science: Tension versus torsion, elasticity, gravity and levers, and force and motion
  • Math: Metric conversion, calculating averages, and prediction
  • Experiments: Mass versus distance, testing rubber bands, targeting, and more
They will discover the history of medieval siege machines as well as the concepts required to build and use them.
     Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, we received the Medieval Machines Pack.  Be sure to check out other reviews at the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog.



  1. Anonymous12/07/2011

    Very nice article and straight to the point. I am not sure if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thx :)

  2. Wow, this is cool. I'll have to look into this. My son is very interested in medieval weaponry and machinery. Thanks for sharing your review.

  3. Tiger's Mom it is cool. My son enjoys anything related to weapons, too.

  4. How fun! My hubby really wanted to review this with our kids, but they're too young. They LOVE doing stuff like this with him. :)


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