2" flywheel in well made metal frame. The trick is the same as it has been for 100 years. Wind the string through the spindle, pull it firmly to set the flywheel spinning, and perform effortless balancing magic on pencil tips, string tightropes, and the like. We tend to forget that bicycles and aircraft navigation both rely heavily on gyroscopic principles. It's never too early to tell the kids. Besides, it's fun.
Spin this spindle and watch it turn in perpetuity!! Well, for a long time anyway. Inside the 5-1/2" long colored plastic spindle are magnets which are repelled by magnets in the 5" x 3" black plastic base. The variously colored spindle floats in the air above the base thus virtually free of normal friction. Nifty desk toy named "Revolution".
A gyroscope with added entertainment value, and no old-fashioned string to pull. Get it up to speed with the geared pull-strip, and a spinning red LED automatically lights up. The 2-3/4" tall x 2" dia gyro is metal and plastic, with a small plastic stunt stand, and will continue to balance intriguingly, even If you somehow manage to wear out the LED's non-replaceable batteries. For ages 8 and up.
The praxinoscope was the successor to the zoetrope, and both precursed (darn!) motion pictures. This praxinoscope, marketed as the Crystal Animator", can be assembled in 10 minutes. The finished scope is 4" dia x approx 2-1/2" tall with a 10" long spinner/handle. Spin it and watch the horse appear to gallop in the mirrored core. Comes with (18) pre-printed strips--including the horse, people, pigs and many more--but you can create your own, which is twice the fun, on the reverse sides.
Rattlebacks are plastic semi-elliptical shapes, 3-7/8" long, that illustrate Newton's laws of motion, while mystifying kids. Set them down (the rattlebacks, not the kids) and their offset center of gravity makes them spin. Spin them in one direction and they stop and reverse themselves. You get a package of (10) in blue, along with a lesson plan and suggested activities.
At least three times as much fun as it ought to be, this magnetic gyroscope is festooned with multicolored LEDs that flash while it spins around a hand-held set of 2-1/2" dia wheelie tracks. Spins as long as you keep giving it a little wiggle, and you can't beat that. Includes (3) button-cell batteries for the flashers.
In the mood for a little light levitation? Try this magnet-based kit from KidzLabs® and make a pencil float in mid-air or tell your fortune, all through the captivating power of magnets. You can even build a mag-lev robot, and who doesn't want one of those? The (7) projects are based on the (7) plastic-coated, 1-5/16" dia bored disc magnets and assorted other parts. Projects include anti-gravity sculpture, floating spinner, magnetic compass, spring and weight scale, propelling machine and a mag-lev transporter.
These are not only tops in our book, but there are a dozen of them. Plastic tops, approx 3" dia, with assorted diffraction grating patterns on top. Discs with very short axes, they cling close to the surface of whatever they're spinning on, which is cool. Safety-tested to be free of lead and other nasty stuff.
Gyroscopes, not Greek sandwiches with tzatziki sauce. This multi-award-winning, 102-piece kit from Thames & Kosmos features (7) projects using motorized gyroscope-based science. Includes a gyrobot, personal transporter (think Segway), gyro horizon, gyrocompass, balance game, tightrope walker and flight simulator. Includes a 24-page manual and requires (3) “AAA” batteries and a little curiosity.
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