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Thames & Kosmos Gyrobot

Item #: 1604974

Learn about the physical science principles that keep the gyroscope robot balanced, making it appear to defy gravity.

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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 rapidly spinning wheel that 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. The word “gyroscope” comes from the Greek words gyro, for “circle” or “rotation,” and skopeein, meaning “to see.” Although gyroscopes are used in very sophisticated devices, they are essentially simple mechanical instruments. Ages 8 and up.
  • Use for all sorts of applications related to balance, rotation, and orientation
  • Fun, hands-on experiments make physical laws tangible and easier to comprehend
  • A 24-page, full-color illustrated manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations
Includes:
  • 102 Pieces
  • Instruction Manual (24 Pages)