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Another Gear Idea

Derek, a new employee at the Museum and a local teacher in Pittsburgh, presented a great idea to me a couple of days ago.  He wants to make a mechanical version of our circuit blocks.  He thinks that it is important to utilize various types of gears to create blocks that visitors can connect together to further explore mechanization.  To explain this concept only in words is very confusing. A couple of Sundays ago, D
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Putting Gears on the Wall

My gear prototype has now gone vertical. A project is never finished, you can always change something or introduce a new variable.  I decided to try out our gear setup in a different location in the MAKESHOP.  I ended up mounting the entire structure to the wall with some hangers, zip-ties, and magnets. I don’t like it when things stay the same for too long.  I love experimenting and observing what happens when
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Playing with Gears

I was asked by a fellow teacher to create something that facilitates the exploration of gears.  Gears can be tricky for children to understand, so I thought it was a great challenge! After an extremely informal brainstorming session with Christian, I came up with this activity.  I have to thank Christian for passing by during the day and suggesting that I use tacks and foam.  The gears were donated by someone, the fo
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