What would you do while sitting at
a crowded, noisy wedding? If you were K’NEX founder Joel Glickman, you would
play with straws and imagine how to build toy structures based on a rod and
connector building system. Glickman’s imagination, combined with innovative
product engineering and design, led to what is now known as K’NEX – one of the
world’s most popular and innovative construction toy companies.
Founded in 1992 and located just
outside of Philadelphia in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, K’NEX has manufactured over
31 billion toy parts, which averages approximately 4 million parts per day!
And it’s not just child’s play. K’NEX
building systems have been integrated into classrooms around the world. Considered
a dynamic tool for creative learning, K’NEX systems are used to teach the
principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Teachers
have known for a long time that interactive, hands-on teaching makes learning
fun and easier for students to understand how subjects are interrelated including
the arts. Building with K’NEX promotes problem-solving, critical thinking,
concentration, and creativity. As K’NEX says, “We help build the leaders of
And, to show the world how
spectacular these toys are, K’NEX has designed and built this amazing, kinetic
structure specifically for the Airport exhibition. A K’NEX team of 6 talented
designers and engineers worked together for nearly 170 hours to create this unique,
7-foot high construction made of more than 48,000 K’NEX parts.
This is a phenomenal achievement and
a monumental statement about what can be accomplished with imagination and
innovative engineering at play.
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