DIY Kinetic Carousel Engineering Toy

Posted by Nate Wek on

Want to make a fun DIY toy that moves? This kinetic carousel spins wildly and demonstrates potential and kinetic energy.

Materials:

  • paper and carousel template (pdf)
  • markers
  • scissors
  • plastic lid – about 3″ diameter (peanut butter jar lids are perfect)
  • wide rubber band (thin rubber bands won’t work!)
  • paper clip
  • clear tape
  • plastic straw (cut a 3 ½” length)
  • glue
  • 2″ long plastic tube a 1″ diameter PVC coupling from the hardware store works well! If you want to repurpose something from home try one of the following:
    • An extra wide straw cut down to 2”
    • An empty tube of lip balm, center removed.
  • drill & drill bit (adults only)

Note: You must use plastic tubing. Paper tubing i.e. paper towel rolls, will create too much friction with the plastic lid. It’s also important to make sure your tube is wide enough for the rubber band to twist and unwind.

For full instructions, click here


subscribe to education email updates food blog link image learning blog link living blog link news and information blog link science and technology blog link sports blog link image

Fun activities and projects for kids, educational resources for parents and teachers, and links to SDPB and PBS learning media!

Visit SDPB's Education Site!

Related content from SDPB Radio

Statehouse Podcast: Priorities, Interfaith Dialog, Education and Beer

Republicans in the South Dakota Legislature will consider several issues as part of their 2018 agenda. They hold a...

Darla Biel & Cassie Juba Discuss Youth Mentoring

In The Moment ... January 9, 2017 Show 252 Hour 1 January is national mentoring month in the United States. It got...

Harrisburg Math Teacher Wins "Oscars of Teaching"

In The Moment ... January 8, 2017 Show 251 Hour 2 The Milken Educator Award has been called "The Oscars of Teaching."...

John Pelletier Discusses Financial Education In High School

In The Moment ... January 4, 2017 Show 249 Hour 2 Nobody likes to fail, but that's exactly what's happening for...

Harrisburg South Middle School Teacher Wins "Oscar of Teaching"

The Milken Educator Award has been called "The Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine. Carla Diede of Harrisburg...