A 2014 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner, this Thames & Kosmos Gyrobot provides an engaging and memorable way for kids to learn how gyroscopes work, perform tasks, and are used in all sorts of applications in the real world.
Use this gyrobot experiment kit, and the included 24-page manual, to build 7 different robots with a motorized gyroscope and high-quality, easy-to-assemble pieces. Each robot uses the gyroscope to balance or orient itself, just like real gyroscopes in smartphones, airplanes, space telescopes, navigation systems, video game controllers, and personal transportation like the Segway.
With this Thames and Kosmos Gyrobot kit, young engineers can build:
- a balancing personal vehicle
- a tight rope walker robot (that moves along a tightrope on two linear wheels!)
- a gyro horizon (or artificial horizon)
- a gyrocompass
- a gyroscopic robot
- a balancing game
- a flight simulator
- and several others to discover the science of gyroscopes!
The full-color 24-page experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions for each model as well as experiments with explanations of important concepts. An electric motor keeps the gyroscope spinning and powers your robots. Requires three AAA batteries (not included).
This is an excellent kit for promoting STEM learning. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and aims to remedy the lagging proficiency of US students in comparison to their industrialized global counterparts. While interpretations vary, most agree that STEM is about innovation, learning about the world, technical literacy, and problem-solving. Ultimately, STEM is pushing limits, moving forward, and finding better ways to do things. STEM education is simply providing students and teachers with a stronger grasp of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning that draws meaningful connections with real-world applications. HST provides many products that integrate two or more STEM disciplines, thereby helping to improve STEM literacy, inspire an interest in STEM careers, and equip today's students with the skills they need to be competitive and competent tomorrow. The Gyrobot encourages STEM learning through hands-on projects, problem-solving, and application of scientific principles to develop useful technology. Future mechanical engineers will love the Gyrobot!
Here's what Thames & Kosmos has to say about the science of gyroscopic devices:
"At the core of these models is a unique motor-driven gyroscope. A gyroscope is a rapidly spinning wheel mounted in such a way that its axle can move in any direction. Because of the laws of physics, the gyroscope reacts to external forces differently than a non-spinning wheel would: it resists forces in certain directions. This behavior allows it to be used for all sorts of applications related to balance, rotation, and orientation. Fun, hands-on experiments with the motorized gyroscope unit make these physical laws tangible and easier to comprehend. The word “gyroscope” comes from the Greek words gyro, for “circle” or “rotation,” and skopeein, meaning “to see.” The name was originally coined by a scientist who built the device in an experiment to see Earth’s rotation. Although gyroscopes are used in very sophisticated devices, essentially they are simple mechanical instruments."
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- 102 pieces
- Electric motor with gyroscope
- Gearbox and wheels
- Snap-together parts for 7 different robot models
- Horizon indicator and compass paper cutouts
- 24-page instruction manual with colorful pictures and easy-to-follow instructions
- Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)
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