Discover a molecule so exciting, it's the state molecule of Texas.
Named after R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, "BuckyBall" is the nickname for a Carbon 60 molecule. Like the faces of a soccer ball, it has 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. A great science project, complete with fun facts to know and tell.
150 total parts
60 black nodes
90 short blue struts
AGES 6 to ADULT. Swallowing danger. Not for children under 3 years of age.
Note: For easy removal, pull struts straight out, do not twist.
I am reviewing this product as both a toy for my four-year-old and as a materials science tool in a lab.
For the child:
My child LOVES this. This literally occupied his full attention for a three hour car ride (not a good choice for a car due to the small parts). He quickly figured out that different shapes go into different shaped holes, and we had a series of snowflake-like creations in all orientations. Note that he has this kit in combination with one of the creator kits. More free form use than buckyball creation.
As a drawback, the strut pieces are a bit weak at the ends, and the tips tend to break off. Evident both with my four-year-old as well as with graduate students in the lab. Zometool will replace for free, but I have not tested this yet.
For the scientists out there:
As a scientist, I bought a set for my lab (this set). In combination with bulk parts bought from zometool, I can make any lattice structure. Note that the Buckyball kit alone can only use the rectangular holes, which have 6-fold symmetry. For the scientists out there, this differs from commercial kits that "swivel" at the bond/molecule joint and allow different lattice formations from one "bond". For example, this kit can make a hexagonal buckyball and a cubic lattice, but not tetragonal lattice. For tetrahedral bonds you need triangular (yellow) whereas the outside of the polygon would be made with offset (green) struts. Note that bonds look a little "twisty" due to the strut shape.
Zome Tools are great
Posted 4/3/2012 by Love to learn home
The bucky ball was the first item put together and is now proudly displayed over the computer. The other Zome Tools are being used for a myriad of building/learning projects. Its small size (~ 1 foot diameter) was a disappointment to the chemistry enthusiast. At the same time, its small size allows it to be kept intact and displayed.
This would have been the hit for my son - had it not been for the missing rod that would have completed his Bucky Ball. The first thing he created was a salt crystal (cube), then he added to it to make a giant salt crystal. Too bad he couldn't complete the full model.
Bucky Ball soon to be complete! A replacement rod will be shipped to our customer. For top-notch assistance, visit our Returns & Exchanges center.
Some alternate spelling variations of this product:
Zome Tool - Bucky Ball, Zome
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