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Gyroscopes perform tasks ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary.

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Easy to build

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Educational kit

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"The Science of Gyroscopes" - Gyroscopes are used in countless devices. From smartphones, tablets and video game controllers to airplanes and space telescopes, gyroscopes perform tasks ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary. 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 and 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 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. A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations. 

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Warning

Choking Hazard -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Features

The Gyroscope

A motor-driven gyroscope is at the core of each of the seven models. A gyroscope consists of a metal wheel mounted on an axle. The wheel and axle spin freely secured in a metal frame, allowing it move in any direction. Because of the laws of physics, the gyroscope reacts to external forces differently than a non-spinning wheel: it resists forces in certain directions. This behavior allow it be used for all sorts of applications related to balance, rotation, and orientation.

The Manual

The 24-page, full-color manual answers these questions and more, while providing step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to assemble the models.

The Building System

The kit includes 102 building pieces that can be combined to create the 7 different models in the manual, or reconfigured into innumerable designs limited only by your imagination! Use the instruction guide to make a gyroscopic robot, a balancing personal vehicle, an artificial horizon, a gyrocompass, a balancing game, a tightrope walker, or a flight simulator. The easy-to-use building system is compatible with other Thames & Kosmos Construction, Engineering & Physics kits.

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Awards

An Oppenheim Platinum Award Winner - The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is the only independent consumer review of children's media by child development experts. The awards are a benchmark of excellence with consumers, toy makers, and the media.
 
A Parents' Choice Gold Winner - The prestigious Parents' Choice Awards identify the very best in children's media. The diverse panel consists of educators, scientists, artists, librarians, parents, and yes - kids themselves.
 
Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products - Stevanne Auerbach, PhD ("Dr. Toy"), has dedicated a lifetime to the importance of play, and evaluating toys, games and children’s products. The 100 Best are recognized for the outstanding design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value.
 
A PAL Award Winner - The PAL Awards recognize exceptional toys, games and books that, through their design, content, quality, and character, promote play that advances language.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a remote to control the Gyrobot once it s built?

    No.

  • How much does the gyroscope itself weigh, with batteries?

    The gyro itself weighs about 3oz; the housing and the two AAA batteries is about 9oz.

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