Physics of the fidget spinner for elementary and middle school

Elementary/Middle School

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 elementary and middle schoolers in mind, this video will show you how to demonstrate physics concepts including Newton's Law, inertia, force, motion, and even persistence of vision, otherwise known as the "wagon wheel" effect using a fidget spinner. 

Through qualitative observation and thoughtful discussion, students will get an introduction to the fascinating world of physics and motion in a way that appeals to even the most distractible learner.

Want to take it to the next level? Check out our high school fidget spinner activity

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