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INERTIA AND SPINNING MARBLES

What can you learn about inertia and Newton’s First Law of Motion, using just marbles and glue? A lot!

by Rachel

STEM activities are designed to make kids look at science principles with things they can touch, feel and move. Our kids love exploring principles of science, technology and math, and today we did just that as we created spinning marbles. STEM activities are a way to learn hands-on the emerging concepts from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields to create something.

In today’s activity, spinning marbles, we did just that. We watched with our own eyes as something that was still and would always be still, transforms into a spinning whirlwind that without an outside force (gravity or the end of the table) would just keep moving.

SPINNING MARBLES

Here’s what you need to create this Spinning Marbles experiment:

  • Marbles
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Glue the marbles together in the shape of a top.

Test different numbers and shapes to see which spins fastest.

So much fun!

DID YOU KNOW? WE WROTE A SCIENCE BOOK!

Our book, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments, features tons of awesome activities just like this one that will keep your kids engaged while they learn. How awesome is that?!

​Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.

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