Spinning Tops Workshop
When 5 March 2022
Time 10:00 AM
Description for Spinning Tops Workshop
Make your own spinning top from common household materials.
This free online workshop invites people of all ages to make tops. Playing with spinning tops is a culturally ubiquitous phenomenon, and tops are one of the oldest toys known to humankind.This workshop will be live-streamed so that you can follow along as we build tops with educators from Brazil and San Francisco. You are invited to build your own top from home too.
Making a top sparks a learner’s curiosity and opens up many tinkering opportunities. Using common household materials, workshop participants construct their own interpretation of a spinning top as a way to explore STEAM concepts and processes.
The basic elements of a top are its body, the axle around which it spins, and weights to stabilize it. To prepare for this workshop, make sure you clear a surface to work on (the kitchen table or even the floor will do!), and collect some of these household materials.
Good materials to construct a body are:
- Foam sheets
- Cereal boxes
- Plastic cups (like yogurt containers)
- Paper plates
- Plastic eggs
- Jar lids
- Bottle Caps
You can make axels out of:
- Skewer sticks
- Golf pins
- Birthday candles
To add weight, you might collect:
- Binder clips
- Paper clips
And finally, a few good tools to have on hand (optional) are:
- Glue gun
- Awl or a nail