Love them or hate them, the fidget spinner is more than just a toy for restless hands - it's physics in action!
The next time you see one in your classroom, don't confiscate it...teach with it!
From rotational energy to impulse and vectors, we’ll show you how to turn distraction into discovery by exploring the science behind spinning.
Designed with high school physics students in mind, this video incorporates quantitative analysis and graphical equations using technology to demonstrate physics concepts including Newton's Law, inertia, force, motion, and even persistence of vision, otherwise known as the "wagon wheel" effect.
Through observation, analysis, and thoughtful discussion, students will get an in-depth understanding of the physics of motion in a way that appeals to even the most distractible learner.
Looking for lessons for younger learners? Check out our elementary/middle school fidget spinner activity.