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- Forces & Equilibrium
Force and Motion - Student Laboratory Kit
AP6929
With this all-in-one kit, students can study the fundamentals of force and motion! Exciting labs are provided to help reinforce student learning of these important concepts. For example, students study Hooke's law by performing an egg bungee-jump. St...
 
Mechanics
AP8190
Students become mechanical engineers as they build structures with this comprehensive set. Discover how a gear box works, what a planetary gear is and how it works, how a windshield wiper moves, how to design a stable bridge and much more. Enou...
 
Mechanic and Static
AP7849
Students become mechanical engineers as they build structures with this comprehensive set. Discover how a gear box works, what a planetary gear is and how it works, how a windshield wiper moves, how to design a stable bridge and much more. Enough com...
 
Simple Form Truss - Individual Kit
AP6689
What principles must engineers follow to build safe structures such as bridges, buildings, or even a simple hanging sign? In this hands-on lab, students become structural engineers as they experiment with a simple form truss to determine the most str...
 
Simple Form Truss - Classroom Set
AP6762
What principles must engineers follow to build safe structures such as bridges, buildings, or even a simple hanging sign? In this hands-on lab, students become structural engineers as they experiment with a simple form truss to determine the most str...
 
Slingshot Cars - Newton's Laws Activity Kit
AP7521
Captivate the natural curiosity of your students with slingshot cars! In this hands-on activity, students investigate Newton’s Laws and gain a better conceptual understanding of these laws that govern motion. By increasing the force that accelerates ...
 
Mousetrap Cars - Super Value Guided-Inquiry Kit
AP7667
It’s off to the races! Students become real-world engineers as they investigate the various parts of a mousetrap car to determine each part’s effect on the car’s performance. With this exclusive kit, students plan and carry out investigations to test...
 
Balloon Cars Challenge - Guided-Inquiry Kit
AP7922
Your students will be thinking like champions with Flinn’s Balloon Cars Challenge! Each group constructs and tests an easy-to-assemble balloon-powered car prototype. Next, students use their knowledge of forces and Newton’s laws to identify variables...
 
Flywheel Powered Car
AP7787
Give this car a push and watch it overcome obstacles—it can even slide on its back! This “mechanical battery” is a wheel and axle that stores and regulates energy through continuous rotational motion. Demonstrate conservation of energy, kinetic energ...
 
Build a Mini Hovercraft - Guided-Inquiry Kit
AP7519
The first successful hovercraft, designed and built by English engineer Sir Christopher Cockerell, crossed the English Channel on July 25, 1959. As students build their own working models of a hovercraft, they learn the basic concepts of how a vessel...
 
Personal Hovercraft - Demonstration Kit
AP7516
It’s not a flying car, but it’s the next best thing! Entertain while you educate your students with Flinn’s amazing personal hovercraft. This vehicle is perfect for the study of Newton’s three laws of motion. Apply a one-time force to the hovercraft ...
 
Newton's Laws Activity-Stations Kit
AP7408
Whether you’re lifting a box, playing hockey, or flying to the moon, your physical motion and interactions are governed by Newton’s laws! In this activity-stations lab, students investigate inertia, force, and acceleration using air pucks, carts and ...
 
Diving Eggs Inertia Challenge - Newton's First Law Demonstration
AP7419
Students experience the effects of inertia every day—riding in a car, playing sports, even picking up their backpacks. Present a more dramatic demonstration of Newton’s law of inertia by safely and simultaneously dropping three eggs into beakers of w...
 
Inertia Device
AP4538
Demonstrate Newton's First Law of Motion-a body at rest tends to remain at rest. When the metal spring bar is snapped, the cardboard square is shot through the air while the metal ball remains in place on the stand.
 
Inertial Balance
AP4607
Imagine this theoretical problem-you try to push a block on a horizontal, frictionless surface in a region of space that is free from gravity. It will still require some effort to move the block, i.e., change its motion. It is the mass of the block a...
 
Inertia Ball/Pendulum Bob
AP6037
Dual-purpose, heavy-duty zinc ball can double as a pendulum bob or as the key element in a dramatic inertia demonstration. Use one of the provided eyelets, attach a string, suspend the bob, and you have a large demonstration pendulum. Attach anothe...
 
Force Stick
AP9209
Measure any acceleration-horizontal or vertical-in units of g with this portable accelerometer. Investigate centripetal acceleration, linear accelerations, Hooke's law, simple harmonic motion, and many more experiments. Perfect for measuring accelera...
 
Newton’s Apple
AP7915
When an apple fell from a tree, Sir Isaac Newton was intrigued by gravity. He developed his theories—which soon became laws—and has since earned much applause. Now force is measured in newtons they say—but, what exactly does a newton weigh? Hold this...
 
Shoot the Monkey Demonstration Kit
AP6439
A classic! A vivid demonstration of Newton's second law of motion that students will never forget. Aim a stun dart directly at a monkey sitting in a tree. The monkey jumps from the tree branch just as the dart is released. Will the dart hit the falli...
 
Newton’s G Ball
AP7801
How high are those bleachers? How fast did you throw that ball? Study gravity, acceleration, height and velocity by throwing this educational tool in any direction. A digital timer measures the amount of time the ball is in the air and automatically ...
 
Second Law of Motion Apparatus
AP4737
An ingenious and entertaining way to demonstrate Newton's second law of motion. Have students predict which ball will hit the floor first. Then have them close their eyes and listen. Much to their surprise both balls hit the floor at precisely the sa...
 
Balloon Rockets - Guided-Inquiry Kit
AP6927
It's the return of the space race! Challenge your students to build a balloon “rocket” that will travel across the classroom. This hands-on, inquiry-based lab will teach students how to design an experiment as they investigate Newton's laws of motion...
 
Friction Blocks
AP4605
Friction's such a drag-but why? Students perform hands-on laboratory experiments that lead them to generalizations about how the surface area, weight, and texture of objects affect friction. Kit comes complete with two wood blocks with eyebolts, sand...
 
Friction Blocks
AP6222
Friction's such a drag-but why? Students perform hands-on laboratory experiments that lead them to generalizations about how the surface area, weight, and texture of objects affect friction. Kit comes complete with two wood blocks with eyebolts, sand...
 
Sliding Friction Sled
AP6732
Finally! A demonstration that conclusively shows that frictional forces are independent of the contact area. The uniquely designed base has a wedge shaved out to provide a continuously changing surface area. As the sled is pulled along the base, the ...
 
Science of Sailing - Newton's Third Law Laboratory Kit
AP6933
Ever wonder how a sailboat travels into the wind? Investigate the science behind this remarkable feat by building and experimenting with a basic sail car. This fun, hands-on activity provides a real-world application of Newton's third law—also called...
 
Sail Cart
AP6482
How does a sailboat travel upwind? Students use wind power to study Newton's law of action–reaction and learn that forces are vectors—with both magnitude and direction. By changing the angle of the sail and the direction of the wind, students will so...
 
Economy Force Table
AP4612
Demonstrate vectors at an economical price. This quality force table makes multiple trials of force/vector problems easy. Simply hang the force lines over the edge of the table, establish a mechanical equilibrium in the center of the table, and read ...
 
Force Board
AP5643
Force/Vector problems are made easy with this extra-large force board. Makes determination of resolution of force a concrete idea for students and not just a mathematically derived number. The elevated legs on the bottom of the board make the movemen...
 
Vector Boards, Classroom Set
AP4620
An alternative to expensive force tables. Springs are used as force vectors. Three or more randomly placed force vectors in equilibrium can be quickly analyzed and compared with this inexpensive set of materials. Theoretical notations are quick...
 
Catenary Arch Set
AP6477
Where does the St. Louis' Gateway Arch get its unusual shape? The shape is the same as the natural shape of a sagging chain held at both ends-also known as a catenary. Students construct the catenary arch from the provided blocks and template to see ...
 
Roman Arch Kit
AP4628
No glue-no mortar. Structures so strong they've “held up” for over 1700 years. With this hands-on kit students learn how force vector analysis is used in architectural strength-just like the ancient Roman structures. Students first analyze the Roman ...
 
Balsa Bridge Construction Set
AP7793
Bridge-building is a popular activity to practice design and engineering skills while reinforcing a wide array of physics and math concepts. Build different types of bridges from the more simple beam, arch, and truss to the more complex cantilever, s...
 
Polydron Bridges
AP7817
Construct models based on real-world landmark bridges and encourage students to create their own bridge designs! Many physics concepts can be introduced with this introductory kit as students build bridges and discuss why certain designs work while o...
 
Building Bridges—Flinn STEM Design Challenge™
AP8062
Bridges have been around for thousands of years, some as simple as a fallen tree over a creek and others as complicated as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. In this challenge, students design and build a balsa wood bridge using only wood and glue. The...
 
Bottle Balance Beam Demonstration Kit
AP6376
This balancing act will be a real attention getter! Students will remember the concept of the center of gravity involved in this demonstration. A large water-filled bottle and a wooden board seem to defy gravity as together they balance on the board'...
 
Maxwell’s Wheel
AP7798
Is this wheel defying gravity? Wrap the cord around the bar, release the wheel, and then watch it fall and climb right back up! Demonstrate the relationship between potential and kinetic energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, nearly-elastic colli...
 
Hanging Nails Challenge - Super Value Guided-Inquiry Kit
AP7309
The challenge in this inquiry-based kit is to arrange 10 nails so they will hang in perfect balance on the head of one other nail. No other materials may be used! Teachers will enjoy observing the novel problem-solving strategies students use to achi...
 
Create a Mobile—Flinn STEM Design Challenge™
AP8056
Put some STEAM into your STEM curriculum! Add art to science and engineering concepts with this creative activity. The lab begins with an introductory activity in which students discover the law of levers by balancing different numbers of washers on ...
 
Center of Gravity
AP7065
Easily show your students how to locate the center of gravity of an irregularly shaped object. Once the center of gravity is determined, insert a pencil inot the proper "center of gravity" hole and spin the object—it will rotate smoothly. S...
 
Center of Gravity Demostration Set
AP7068
Balance your physical science curriculum with our most popular center of gravity demonstrations-all available in one complete set! Quickly show your students how to locate the center of gravity of an object using a hanging plumb line. Watch the objec...
 
Center of Gravity Toss - Demonstration Kit
AP7066
Effectively show that the path of an irregularly shaped object, when thrown in the air, is a parabola—just as Newton predicted! Locate the center of mass of the “irregular” foam object by hanging a small weight from three corners of the object. Mark ...
 
Investigating Center of Gravity - Super Value Laboratory Kit
AP7067
Challenge students to locate the center of gravity for objects of various shapes. Students place the corner of one polygon on a hook so that the object hangs freely. Then, they hang a weight tied to string from the same corner. Using a dry-erase mark...
 
Fascinating Finger Balance Demonstrator
AP6640
Here's a paradox-a device that remains balanced when a heavy plastic tube dangles from one end while being supported at the opposite end by a single fingertip. Remove the tube and the device falls. How can this be? It's center of gravity! This simple...
 
Investigate a Twirling Toy—Flinn STEM Design Challenge™
AP8053
Engage students in science and engineering practices with a simple toy! This twirling toy, sometimes referred to as a paper helicopter or whirligig, is easy to make and students of all levels will have fun investigating variables that affect its moti...
 
Center of Mass Bottles
AP6836
Introduce the concept of center of mass with this inquiry based lesson. First, lay the center of mass bottle on its side. Your students will think this is simple enough. Then, pick up the bottle and secretly allow the counterweight inside the bottle ...
 
Leaning Tower
AP6486
Show the connection between center of gravity and stability. With this quick and effective hands-on experiment, students explore center of gravity principles, and learn why a tower with a low center of gravity can be tilted farther than one with a hi...
 
Double Cone and Ramp
AP4712
Can something roll uphill? Students will be amazed as the cone in this demonstration appears to magically roll uphill. Careful inspection will reveal that the apparent gravity-defying paradox is really not what it appears to be. The center of gravity...
 
Investigating Gravity - Super Value Laboratory Kit
AP7188
Students investigate four principles of gravity in one complete kit! Four hands-on lab activities allow students to study the motion of a pendulum, determine the center of gravity of irregular objects, measure the acceleration due to gravity using an...
 
Free Fall Student Laboratory Kit
AP7376
An economical way for students to test Galileo’s famous hypothesis—acceleration due to gravity is independent of mass. When two steel spheres whose masses differ by a factor of 10 are dropped together, students are shocked that the balls hit the grou...
 
Free Fall and Projectile Motion Poster
AP7280
This large, colorful poster captures the motion of falling objects in a fun and dynamic way. The parabolic path of a projectile is clearly contrasted with the vertical drop of a free-falling object. Durable 24” x 36” poster is a great teaching tool a...
 
Guinea and Feather Tube
AP4670
Objects fall with the same acceleration-don't they? Watch and compare the falling acceleration rate of a feather and a guinea (coin) with air resistance and in a vacuum using this clear acrylic demonstration tube. The results are unforgettable! The s...
 
Atwood's Machine, Economy Choice
AP6495
Finally! An inexpensive Atwood's machine that successfully measures the acceleration due to gravity. It's also a perfect device to effectively teach Newton's second law of motion, friction, rotational inertia and measurement accuracy. Simply hang two...
 
Galileo's Gravity Drop
AP7297
You have to do this experiment in your physical science class to dispel the most common myth about falling objects and gravity. Re-create Galileo’s legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment with the unique gravity-drop apparatus. According to legend...
 
Galileo Kit
AP5646
Have your students duplicate one of the most famous experiments in physics. Have them prove acceleration = distance/time2. Students measure time using a water clock (Galileo's invention). They use the water clock to time the roll of a steel ball down...
 
Bed of Nails
AP6769
Dramatically show that pressure is a force per unit area with this familiar demonstration. Place an inflated balloon on a wood block full of sharp nails. Add a 1000-g mass to the “floating” board on top of the balloon and amazingly the balloon does n...
 
Pressure Paradox
AP6301
What does pressure feel like? In this activity, students hold a small steel ball in one hand and a large foam ball in the other to answer the question-which one is heavier? Students quickly conclude that the small steel ball is heavier. However, when...
 
Center of Gravity Paradox
AP4671
Discrepant events are powerful teaching opportunities. And the Center of Gravity Paradox is a “dandy.” Everyone knows that a low center of gravity is more stable than a high center of gravity. Your students' thinking caps will have to go on in order ...
 
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