Discover architecture with the Structural Engineering Bridges & Skyscrapers kit from Thames & Kosmos. Designed for ages 8 years and older, with this kit of modular building pieces, you can learn the basics of structural engineering by conducting a series of 20 model-building experiments. Each model demonstrates a basic principle of mechanical physics or structural engineering in a hands-on way. Start out with small models that demonstrate how structural elements can be attached together to maximize the strength of a structure for a fixed amount of material used. Learn about basic structural elements including columns, beams, trusses, plates, arches, shells, and catenary. Explore the forces acting on structural components including tension, compression, shear, and bending. A 36-page, full-color manual guides you through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions.