The University of Natal have developed a range of low cost desktop mechanical technology kits to address some of the problems of how to introduce this important subject into the classroom. These tiny machines can be made at a school desk with no electric power and only a few hand tools. In addition, they provide an excellent basis for a unique and dynamic PUSET display which actually works, which are simple enough to communicate basic principles and samples of which can be taken home by the public. The way in which these projects have emerged and the way they work are described.
 
"Poster" display that can be set in motion during intervals Steamcar driving an Archimedes screw pump Hero's turbine 1 hour Workshops illustrating some components of the Steamcar project Freewheeler, up to 20 people if suitable venue available with tables.
 
Hero's Steam Turbine up to 20 people if suitable venue available with tables.

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Mechanical Technology for the classroom and for PUSET exhibitions

Jeff Bindon   Natal University

The University of Natal have developed a range of low cost desktop mechanical technology kits to address some of the problems of how to introduce this important subject into the classroom. These tiny machines can be made at a school desk with no electric power and only a few hand tools. In addition, they provide an excellent basis for a unique and dynamic PUSET display which actually works, which are simple enough to communicate basic principles and samples of which can be taken home by the public. The way in which these projects have emerged and the way they work are described.
 
"Poster" display that can be set in motion during intervals Steamcar driving an Archimedes screw pump Hero's turbine 1 hour Workshops illustrating some components of the Steamcar project Freewheeler, up to 20 people if suitable venue available with tables.
 
Hero's Steam Turbine up to 20 people if suitable venue available with tables.

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