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Explore the concept of angular momentum with this fast-spinning contraption.
Try out different numbers and positions of wheels to create spinners that rotate like tops, or seem to defy gravity by spinning diagonally!
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Tools and Materials
The Engineering Creation Kit has everything you need for this project and many more from STEM Inventions, or get the supplies in bulk:
Tips and Troubleshooting
If the spinner isn't spinning for very long, then...
Make sure to pull down quickly and in a linear path. Pulling slowly or off to the side won't work.
Tilt the launcher forward as soon as the string releases from the spinner.
If the wheels or cable tie are sliding around the dowel, then...
Apply a small amount of glue where the wheel hub or cable tie touches the dowel.
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