10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth

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Good Old Days!
Daniyal_Ali   4/17/2014 6:40:50 AM
Nice post Rob. A lot of these toys made me nostalgic and brought back old memories. I played a lot with the chemistry set and did countless fun experiments, which helped in building my interest in chemistry as i grew up.

This set was the reason i came to know, that if you mix hydrogen peroxide with potassium iodide you can make white foam like substance. I used to ruin my room with it and my mom didn't like it one bit. Another cool thing i used to make was artificial snow by mixing sodium polyacrylate with water.

Anyhow, nice slideshow. Loved it!

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Re: Good Old Days!
Rob Spiegel   4/17/2014 7:17:37 AM
Thanks Daniyal_Ali. I did all the same things with my chemistry set. I ran through about three sets when I was a kid. My mom hated it, too. "What are you doing in there?" she kept asking as strange smells wafted from the bedroom.

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Good stuff.
Corona Rich   4/17/2014 9:08:05 AM
I was really hoping for 10 out of 10, but that Chemistry Set knocked me out of a perfect score. Well...my mom would't let me have one.

I noticed that there were no Lego sets on there.  With all the gears, belts, and chain drives available, it was possible to make some quite ingenious toys!  I even built one of my college engineering projects out of them.

Got the maximum score.

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Re: Good stuff.
Rob Spiegel   4/17/2014 10:13:41 AM
Hi Corona, I debated whether to include the chemistry set, but then I figured those who has the mechnical engineering toys probably also had the chemistry set. I thought about Lego, but Lego didn't appear until after most of these toys and I was already planning to use Lego has a major player in the next set of engineering fun -- today's toys. That should be out next week.

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Play on
Corona Rich   4/17/2014 10:42:55 AM
Rob, it is a good list, and it brought back good memories.  Thank you!

I remember I would design mechanisms, rockets, train and slot car layouts at school and ride my skateboard home to try them out! 

Of course, that's before the kids were buried in homework every day!

Free play reaps amazing benefits, but we seem to have lost sight of this.

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ChuckMahoney   4/17/2014 12:08:39 PM
My first mechanical toy wasn't even really a toy - my dad had coffee cans filled with nuts, bolts, hinges an dother bits that I would spill out onto a newspaper and assemble in to different things. After that was an Erector set, and then later those "100 in 1" electronic kits. Radio Shack also use to sell kits in plastic perfboard boxes that had to be soldered together. I built a ton of those.

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