Newton's Apple: Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot

Lower Age: 8+
Price: $29.95
Year Added: 2023
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Thames and Kosmos' Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot uses a motorized gyroscope to walk along thin objects including the edges of rulers and ropes.
Has your child ever wondered how rockets steer, plane controls work, or space telescopes maintain their position? The gyroscope, the amazing technology behind all of these inventions, is a great introduction to complex machinery to any child. The Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot by Thames and Kosmos uses a motorized gyroscope to walk along thin objects including the edges of rulers, ropes, and anything else you dare to try. Accompanied by a detailed manual, users gain knowledge about gyroscopes and the roles they play in our world, as well as the physics behind them. This toy is a great choice for any user looking to improve their physics knowledge, practice spatial and logical reasoning, and learn more about the technology around them. ― A.R. Miller, Purdue Reviewer

Framework Categories

Spatial Reasoning
Issues, Solutions, and Impacts (ISI)
Processes of Design (POD)
Engineering Thinking (EThink)

Moore, T.J., Glancy, A.W., Tank, K.M., Kersten, J.A., Smith, K.A., & Stohlmann, M.S. (2014). A framework for quality K-12 engineering education: Research and development. Journal of Precollege Engineering Education Research, 4(1), 1-13.

It should be noted that this toy requires assembly using fine motor skills that may be challenging for younger users without significant help from a trusted adult.