Machines in Motion

Gears!Gears!Gears!: Machines in Motion

Information Guide

Recommended age: 5+ years old

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Machines in Motion is an interactive building set that allows children ages 5 and up to create their own machines or vehicles. This set is designed to be open ended, meaning the building possibilities are endless! Let your imagination take charge.


Choking hazard – contains small parts


Getting Started

  • Check out the contents of your kit and make sure all parts are included. (Notify your library branch of any missing pieces)
  • There are no right or wrong ways to build your machine! Use your imagination, or use the manual and building guides for inspiration.


If you are having issues with Machines in Motion or have further
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Suggested Reading

  • “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty
  • “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires
  • “Just Like Rube Goldberg” by Sarah Aronson

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We’d love to hear from you! Please provide us with your feedback by filling out the feedback form included in your kit, or by filling in our online survey.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It is an approach to learning that uses these subjects as a guide to problem-solving, inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

What are STEAM Kits?

STEAM Kits contain hands-on activities that support STEAM-based

How do I check out a STEAM Kit?

For how long can I borrow a STEAM Kit?

STEAM Kits can be checked out online through the Cape Breton
Regional Library website (, or in person at any of our
branch locations.

STEAM Kits can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks.

How do I return a STEAM kit?

STEAM Kits can be returned to any of our branch locations. Please
bring the STEAM Kit to the circulation desk. Do not leave in the book return dropbox.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have any questions or need assistance with your STEAM Kit,
please contact your local branch or email us at

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