Gyroscopes and Flywheels by Thames & Kosmos
Gyroscopes and Flywheels by Thames & KosmosGyroscopes and Flywheels by Thames & Kosmos

Gyroscopes and Flywheels by Thames & Kosmos


Gyroscopes and Flywheels by Thames & Kosmos has 10 experiments to explore the fascinating gyroscopic force and the amazing scientific principles behind it. With the small, fast-spinning gyroscope in this kit, you can build models and perform experiments that appear to defy the force of gravity by balancing and standing upright when common sense would tell you they should fall over.

Build a model of a break-dancer that uses the gyroscope to spin and balance on its head. Construct a gyroscopic vehicle that keeps its balance like a Segway but with just one wheel. Assemble a cool robot that can zoom along a thin rail on two inline wheels without falling down. The lower part of this robot is a flywheel engine — a fast-rotating, weighted wheel that stores rotational energy and drives a gearwheel that moves the model forward. Even more models can be built using the flywheel function, including a motorbike, a space car, and a trike. A simple pull of a ripcord starts the gyroscope and flywheel spinning — no batteries required! The 32-page, full-color manual has illustrated step-by-step instructions. Age 8 – 14 years.

Download the Instruction Manual for the Gyroscopes and Flywheels set in a new browser tab.

And here’s a video to demonstrate the set in action.

Further Information

Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom by publishing high-quality science kits for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Their vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them about how things work; parents, grandparents, and teachers are active guides in these investigations. It is their firm belief that children who connect with the world around them grow up to be inquisitive adults, creative thinkers, and engaged citizens with confidence to careers in science, technology, and engineering.

Additional Information


Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3


experimenting & discovering, fine motor, Following Instructions, knowledge building


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