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Gymnast

In this physics activity, learners build a toy with a figure that spins around like a gymnast on the high bar. Learners follow step-by-step instructions (with photos) to construct the toy made out of PVC pipes, a clothes peg, wood and other simple materials. When they squeeze the PVC pipes together at the bottom, the gymnast swings around. Use this activity to introduce learners to levers and simple machines.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 30in PVC pipe, 1/2in diameter
  • 1 Clothes peg, old style one piece
  • 1 Straw
  • Wire, 16 ga. steel baling
  • 1 Wood piece, 1in x2in x3in
  • String, medium
  • Tape, masking & electrical
  • Hot glue
  • Decorations

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, ©2011

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