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Not a Toy

Charles SharmanOctober 26, 2015

“Can you help me please?”

As I busily moved from student to student during our recent Penrose Library Team Build, Crossbeams' limitations for younger ages struck me. I had seen it in previous shows with 4-8 year-olds eagerly crowding our booth, only to turn away in frustration. Today, 9-12 year-olds were building our 420-piece Eagle, and were finding it difficult.

Eagle Image

Crossbeams bridges the gap between toy and tool. With limited piece-counts, limited piece-types, and simple instructions, Crossbeams is a toy. The average 10-year-old can get it. In its full form, Crossbeams is a fairly extensive prototyping system. Schools, engineering programs, and designers use Crossbeams to prototype real-world systems. It challenges all age levels, and it's not a toy.

We recently age-graded our kits and assortments. Our more difficult sets rank age 14+, not a toy. We hope the new age-grading will help you determine age- and skill-appropriate selection.

Do you have something you need to prototype? Consider Crossbeams.