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Super Spinners


Source Institutions

    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Super Spinners

Learners build at least two different spinners (tops) to investigate how mass distribution, size, and shape affect the length of time the spinner spins. Learners strive to design and build the spinner that spins the longest. Resource contains suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Jar lid, compact disk, paper plate or other flat, round object
  • 2 pencils (or, alternatively, thumbtacks or pushpins)
  • Tape
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Cereal box- weight cardboard
  • Pennies (6 per group)
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • 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

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Duren, Sabre; Heavner, Ben; Schaefer Zarske, Malinda; Carlson, Denise

Source Collection:

  • TeachEngineering

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of Colorado, ©2004

Funding Sources:

  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation, 0226322

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