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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 & 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 & learn about the science of gyroscopic devices & 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, & 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, & orientation. Fun, hands-on experiments with the motorized gyroscope unit make these physical laws tangible & easier to comprehend. The word gyroscope comes from the Greek words gyro, for circle or rotation, & skopeein, meaning to see. The name was originally coined by a scientist who built the device in an experiment to see Earths rotation. Although gyroscopes are used in very sophisticated devices, essentially they are simple mechanical instruments. A childs spinning toy top is a simple example of a gyroscope. A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions & scientific explanations.
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