Leonardo DaVinci Kits - Catapult

2 Star reviews of Leonardo DaVinci Kits - Catapult by Elenco Electronics, Inc.

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Leonardo DaVinci Kits - Catapult has been reviewed 5 times with an average rating of 3.80

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Posted 10/18/2010 by Leslie Allsopp
Rating: 2

I bought this as a model for a Renaissance Science class I am teaching in our homeschool co-op. For an inexpensive plastic model, it looks fine, and captured the kids' interest. It also gave a visual reference for our discussion of Leonardo's design work. For these reasons - I don't regret buying it and am not returning it. As far as actual performance, it was quite disappointing. The simple catapults my mid-elementary kids built as a 10 minute class project were much more effective. They launched a small object almost 3 times as far as the purchased model. "Why the model didn't work as well" became part of the class discussion. Along with poor performance - one of the plastic parts snapped in two while I was assembling it - earning it poor marks on longevity.
Teacher, you score high marks with us! Encouraging analytical thought about "why the model didn't work well" is mind-power well spent. As a catapult part was faulty, contributing to the lack of launching success - we provided a gift certificate for our customer.

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