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Carousel Pump


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Carousel Pump

In this activity, learners build a carousel toy that spins when pushed down. Use this activity to demonstrate principles of motion including momentum, angular motion, linear motion, and cyclic motion. Note: this activity requires the use of a drill, not included in the cost of materials.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 wooden baseboard
  • 24" dowel, 5/16"
  • string, medium
  • 1 1x2" wood piece
  • 1 nail
  • paint, markers, and decorations
  • drill
  • file or sandpaper

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Newton's Laws
      • Rotation Motion
      • Center of Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

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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