Zometool Building Toy
This is What the Math, Science and Engineering Lovers on Your Gift List Want!
If you are looking for a gift for anyone from age 6 to adult who loves math and construction, you should definitely add Zometools to your gift list!
With Zometools, you can build geometric models, DNA models, geodesic domes, and other cool models. You can make bubble sculptures, explore crystals and viruses, build structures ... the possibilities are endless.
Read on to find out more about Zometool, what you can do with it, and where to buy it. Or see what Zometool is available on Amazon.com today.
Photo: A friend's daughter shows off her Zome models
The Creator 1 set is the basic Zome building set. There are enough pieces to make many basic models. This set has over 240 pieces is a special storage case.
Zometool can be bought in sets of many sizes, as well as small project kits. The Creator 1 is an entry-level set, good for building small models.
There are other sets up to college classroom size.
What is Zome? - Nodes and Struts ...
Zometools consists of spherical nodes and colored struts of different lengths.
Each node has holes in which to fit struts. There are three types of holes, carefully placed on each node. Each different strut color will fit one type of hole. For example, to make a cube you use blue struts. Yellow struts are for triangles, and red are for pentagons. When used in the right combinations, an infinite number of shapes can be made.
Is it Zome or Zometool? - It's both
Zome was originally a term invented by Steve Baer to describe a specific system. of making large buildings by connecting geodescic panels together to form weird, domelike sstructures.. Later, the modeling system with hubs and struts was developed and also called Zome. Eventually Baer asked the makers of Zome to use a different word, so the two systems wouldn't be confused, and the term Zometool was created for the hub and strut system.
People who have been using Zometool since before the name change still call it Zome. In this article, I use both terms.
So, What Do You Think?
By now you have an idea of what Zometool are, and what you can do with them.
Does Zome Look Like Fun to You?
Learn about buckyballs and build a 6" diameter model.
ZomeTool Project Kits - Small Fun
In addition to the larger sets, Zometool has many small single project kits. To the right is a link to one.
Save Your Broken Parts!
Zometool parts are very sturdy, but they do break occasionally. Zometool Inc. will replace all broken parts.
Zometool at eBay
The one drawback with Zometool is that it is a bit expensive. I think it has so much play value that the cost is worth paying, but for you bargain hunters, here are some current eBay auctions on Zometool.
The selection changes often, and is keyed to the term "zometool", so occasionally, odd items may appear.
This is a good general book on building with Zometools
Books About Zome
There are several books on Amazon.com about Zome. More books, papers, and lesson plans can be found on the Zometools website. see below for the link.
Though the ""Buy Now" links on this page go to Amazon.com (Supersaver shipping! Discount prices!) Zometool has its own website and ordering pages. Zometool sells parts individually, specialty parts (colored nodes), and kits not available elsewhere.
One of the best bargains on the Zometools site is "Paul's Big Bag of Parts". This is a bag of at least 120 random parts, all usable. Some are excess inventory, others are odd colors (pink nodes and struts). The bag is $9.90, an excellent deal.
The Zometools website also has links to papers about the zometools system, lesson plans for teachers, ans photos of impressive models.
Zometools Home on the Internet
- Zometool - The building toy for kids and Nobel Prize winners.
Zometool is a unique and award winning building toy that is treasured by kids, parents, teachers artists and scientists around the world. (text direct from the Zometools site)
Have you used Zometools, or a similar product? Built any good models? Share with us!
[I would love to post photos of your models. Leave a comment and I'll contact you.]