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If you enjoy this project, then I encourage you to buy my book, Rubber Band Engineer. It's full of more awesome and original projects crafted from household hardware. You can find it wherever books are sold.

Gyroscopic Whirligigs is a project that breaks away from the usual fare and offers students a unique engineering gizmo that always impresses onlookers.

This quirky contraption isn't a true gyroscope, but it relies on the gyroscopic effect to produce some impossible-looking stunts.

Step 1: Materials

4 craft sticks
4 1/2 sticks
6 craft cubes
4 wheels
1 bamboo skewers
1 cable tie
1 12" length of string
Hot glue

<p>I'm having trouble finding a skewer which fits the wheels - bought some from both Kelvin and Pitsco and they won't slide onto the skewers I got - tried a smaller skewer but then they were too loose - any ideas? </p>
<p>This looks like a great project for my kids and it will fit nicely within the structure/mechanisms units I teach. Thanks very much for sharing this, can't wait to get started!</p>
<p>love tops and gyroscopes, love this toy, thanks! but i'm wondering where to buy the wheels?</p>
This is really great! I love everything related to gyroscopes and this &quot;toy&quot; will make young students be curious about them :)
Very cool!:D

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