Spinning around

This week in Science Club we have been looking at how to make spinning tops. We looked carefully at some spinners to see how they were designed to produce a low amount of friction so that they could keep on spinning for a long time.

The challenge was to investigate how we could make our own spinning tops from recycled materials, using a CD, a marble, a bottle cap and some blu-tack.  By sharing our ideas, we worked out the best way to put these together and produced spinners that kept on going and going ….

Next we put some pre-printed patterns on top of the spinners and watched how they changed when spun around. Unexpected colours and patterns appeared!

We designed our own patterned disks

Our own colourful designs

Our spinners in action