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Gyrobot

Manufacturer: Thames and Kosmos

Model Number: 620301

Recommended Age: Ages 8 and up

Availability: In stock

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Warning: Choking Hazard

Shipping Weight: 2.38 pounds

Model Number: 620301

Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 11.5 x 3.1 inches

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Description

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. 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, and orientation. Fun, hands-on experiments with the motorized gyroscope unit make these physical laws tangible and easier to comprehend. The word “gyroscope” comes from the Greek words gyro, for “circle” or “rotation,” and skopeein, meaning “to see.” The name was originally coined by a scientist who built the device in an experiment to see Earth’s rotation. Although gyroscopes are used in very sophisticated devices, essentially they are simple mechanical instruments. A child’s spinning toy top is a simple example of a gyroscope.

Activities and outcomes:
Children conduct chemistry and physics experiments, build robotic and solar power devices, explore the microscopic world, play archaeologist, experiment with fragrances, perform exciting science shows, etc. to ignite a lifelong love of science.

Why we like Thames & Kosmos:
- Simply the best science kits on the market and a favorite in our household!
- Compatible pieces in construction, physics, wind power, and hydropower kits
- Highly regarded, award-winning products
- Detailed color, step-by-step instructions

About:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 by a science museum director and her son with the mission of publishing high quality science and technology educational kits—resources for parents and their children that are more engaging, more effective, more relevant, and more fun.

The company places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive reading materials for a rich learning experience.

T&K currently offers more than 60 science and technology kits in thirteen categories, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, technology, biology, natural history, fundamentals, astronomy, classic science, little labs, sophisticated science, and construction.

Operating as the exclusive North American distributor for the science kit line of the German publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH—Kosmos for short—T&K translates, rewrites and distributes Kosmos science kits in the English language. It started designing its own line of science kits in 2005.

Providence, RI. Distributes its products primarily in the United States and Canada