The Erector Set: An Engineering Toy Essay by JeacVZLA

The Erector Set: An Engineering Toy
A look at the influence of a toy that captures the child's imagination.
# 2024 | 1,870 words | 5 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2001 in Engineering (General) , Education (General)

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This paper takes a look at the engineering toy, the Erector Set. It explains the advantages to a child's development of a creative toy that captures the imagination. It looks at Froebal blocks and the Meccano Set, which ultimately lead to the development of the Erector Set.

From the Paper:

"In the search to occupy time and provide amusement, parents go out of their way to buy children the toys they prefer. Toys serve many purposes for children: they give knowledge, they entertain, they instruct, and most importantly certain toys develop analyzing and creative skills that resurface throughout life. With the change towards mechanization that took place in society during the early twentieth century it is logical that a new type of toy was invented to fit the public's desire. With the advent of the assembly line, interchangeable parts and the new concept of efficiency people of this era accepted new ideas, until these ideas were undeniably proven wrong. The freedom to construct without limits obtained by children playing with such toys as the Erector Set, created by A.C. Gilbert in 1913, is directly related to the high regard that engineers were viewed and to everyone's wish to become engineers during that era."

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