John Henry Problem Solving STEM Kit

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  • 4 Bases
  • Ruler
  • 4 Large Axles
  • 8 Small Axles
  • 12 Connectors
  • 40 Belt Units
  • 25 Gears
  • 8 Caps
  • 1 Handle
  • 10 Rocks
  • 1 Crate
  • Mountain Façade
  • Story Card
  • Reproduced Planning Sheets
  • Teacher’s Guide
  • 3 Student Cards
  • Product Box
  • Plastic Carrying Case


Kids explore the legend of John Henry—then build a working conveyor belt to help him race a steam-powered drill! This kit helps kids discover the STEM in a classic folk tale—inspiring them to use hands-on materials to design, build and test a conveyor belt that really hauls rocks…then improve their design like real engineers! This kit comes with a STEM-focused story card, student challenge cards, a detailed lesson plan and a reproducible design sheet—plus 102 pieces to build a conveyor belt, 10 rocks, a crate, a 16 1/2" mountain facade and a ruler.

Loan Period and Fines

This item is part of the LoT Jr. collection and the loan period is two weeks. 
A 20¢ per day fee will be applied if material is returned late. 

We know that our LoT Jr. Things often contain many small pieces. Please don't let a small missing piece stop you from returning an item, CADL often has small replacement parts and replace with no to minimal charge.


CADL circulates many unexpected items. Many have different loan rules. See the quick details here. Item's individual pages have further details.

Library of Things (LOT)

  • check out for 2 weeks
  • patrons ages 18+ only
  • must sign agreement
  • patrons may only check out 1 Thing at a time (patrons may still check out other items that are not in LOT collection)
  • late fines vary


  • check out for 2 weeks
  • any age
  • late fines $2.50/day

Raising Reader Backpacks (RRB) and Dolls

  • check out for 3 weeks
  • any age
  • late fines 20¢/day 


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