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School Project Steam Engine / Dampfmaschine

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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2009

Beware: This is a school project led by a teacher, not a project a student can prepare and do on their own! (unless you are very skilled in physics and metal work)

Assembling of the steam engine is shown in the fourth quarter of the video.
We built (well...assembled) steam engines as a school project in a class of children with german as a second language. The exercise shown - naming all the parts of this steam engine - is to train pronunciation (pronunciationwise German is quite difficult for some).

The steam engine shown was first introduced by german company Kosmos somewhere around 1935 as a physics workshop (a box containing parts and instructions for a plethora of physics experiments). Kosmos still sells books, games and science workshops - but none as good as this one: They discontinued this particular kit sometime in the seventies and spare parts are hard to get. There's a vibrant market for these sets on german eBay though, and they sell for 30-40 € (search for "Kosmos Technikus Experimentierkasten").

Construction of the valve mechanism is tricky and requires some technical expertise and either suitable tools - a metal working lathe for instance - or ingenuity and dexterity paired with a DREMEL. I prepared a zip-file with photographs and sketches if you want to build your own engine. Downloadable here (my Dropbox):

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/63991636/Stea...

Using these instructions, theReyes2603 has built his own steam engine. Here's the link to a video of his engine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9jbP...

user MarekSHayward built his own version based on this version; his video can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiAPt7...

The music is "Dimokransa" by Mayra Andrade.

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