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Spinning Under the Influence

  • For ages 8 and up
  • Kit allows kids to build 7 different machines
  • 102 pieces + 24-page instruction manual

Kids may not know it, but they interact with gyroscopes every day - when they pick up your phone and when they play motion-sensing games on their consoles. Even Google Glass features a gyroscope to help with the tracking of your head.

One of the nice things about gyroscopes is that they're both simple and complex at the same time. You can use them to teach concepts such as inertia and angular momentum or you can dig deeper into nutation (which we LOVE on toast for breakfast) and Lagrangian mechanics. And this hands-on kit can grow with your child. The basic concepts are all there in the 7 different machines the kit encourages children to build, but they can come back to the kit later to experiment and observe more evolved concepts first-hand.

Product Specifications

  • For ages 8 and up
  • Kit allows kids to build 7 different machines: gyroscopic robot, personal vehicle, gyro horizon, gyrocompass, balancing game, tightrope walker, and flight simulator
  • Batteries: 3 AAA (not included)
  • Dimensions: 14.5" x 3" x 11.5"
  • 102 pieces:
    • Gyroscope
    • 2 wheels with gears
    • Front head piece
    • Neck piece
    • 2 back head pieces
    • 2 wrist pieces
    • 4 hand pieces
    • 4 rivets
    • Shoulder
    • Upper body
    • 6 3-hole cross rods
    • 6 5-hole rods
    • 5 11-hole rods
    • 4 5-hole dual rods
    • 2 square frames
    • 2 short frames
    • 2 curved rods
    • 4 lengthwise connectors
    • 6 two-to-one converters
    • 4 joint pins
    • Dual frame
    • 8 hinges
    • 2 30mm tubes
    • 30 anchor pins
    • Anchor pin lever
    • Plus, 2mm string, paper cutout sheet, and 24-page instruction manual
  • WARNING - SMALL PARTS - Not intended for children under 3 years of age

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