The Science of Gyroscopes – Gyroscopes are used in countless devices. From smartphones, tablets, and video game controllers to airplanes and space telescopes, gyroscopes perform tasks ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary. With this kit, children can explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven motorized models, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope! Kids will learn about the physical science principles that keep the robot balanced, making it appear to defy gravity.
By constructing seven different models with the motorized gyroscope unit, young engineers can experiment with and learn about the science of gyroscopic devices and the indispensable role they play in our lives. The models include the gyroscopic robot, a balancing personal vehicle, a gyro horizon (or artificial horizon), a gyrocompass, a balancing game, a tightrope walker, and a flight simulator.
At the core of these models is a unique motor-driven gyroscope. A gyroscope is a rapidly spinning wheel mounted in such as 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. A child’s spinning toy top is a simple example of a gyroscope.
A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations. Ages 8 and up. 102 pieces.
The Robotics line is fully compatible with Thames & Kosmos' bestselling construction + science series, which utilizes an intuitive, inter-compatible, snap-together building system. Each item can be easily deconstructed, reassembled, and combined with other kits for a limitless number of possible configurations.
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Thames & Kosmos produces high quality science kits. The company has received hundreds of awards and accolades, including seven Gold Awards and 21 Silver Awards from Parents’ Choice, four Toy of the Year Nominations and selected as the DR. Toy Best Green Company. Thames & Kosmos has been entertaining and educating the world’s future scientists and innovators for over a decade.
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Thames & Kosmos’ mission is to advance informal, outside-the-classroom, science education by publishing high-quality science and technology activity kits for children of all ages. Our vision is to give all children access to real, physical, hands-on activities and projects that teach them about how things work through first-hand experiences. Parents, grandparents, and teachers are active guides in these investigations. Kosmos and Thames & Kosmos stand for innovation and quality in science kits, as well as safety in the execution of the experiments. The companies are convinced that children gain a deeper level of scientific understanding and technical experience by actively doing experiments and building models with their own hands. Children who experiment with science kits grow up to be inquisitive adults with confidence to pursue careers in science, technology, and engineering, and become engaged, contributing citizens.