Pencil Spinner for Middle & Senior School

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Basic Information

A pencil to explore rotation, resonance, Newton's colour wheel, toys from trash? Yes, please! Arvind Gupta demonstrates it for you.

Duration: 
00 hours 15 mins
Introduction: 

A pencil to explore rotation, resonance, Newton's colour wheel, toys from trash? Yes, please!

Objective: 

To explore the concepts of

  • rotation
  • Newton's colour wheel
  • vibration
  • kinetic energy
Activity Steps: 

PENCIL SPINNER

Take a pencil with an eraser on one end.

With the help of a pen knife make six “V” notches near the rubber end. The notches should be deep.

Then take a 1.5-cm x 3.5-cm rectangle from an old greeting card to make the fan.

Mark the two diagonals to locate the centre and make a 3-mm diameter hole with a pencil point.

Place the card-fan in a pin and poke the pin in the eraser rubber. The fan should rotate freely on the pin.

Fix a small rubber stopper to prevent the fan from flying away.

Hold the pencil with one hand. Hold a ball pen refill near its end and rub it to-and-fro on the notches with your other hand.

You will be surprised to see the card fan spinning!

 

Here is the video clip

 

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