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Teaching with the DIYnamics rotating table

Teaching basics of rotating fluid at a middle school

Here we provide materials for teachers that enable them to use the DIYnamics table to teach effectively.

This assumes that you’ve already assembled your DIYnamics table and are familiar with its basic operation. If not, check out this page for ordering, assembling, and operating instructions.

Middle school teaching guide

Our guide to teaching with the DIYnamics table at the middle school level provides an overview of several experiments than can be performed using the DIYnamics table, the physical concepts that each one is meant to demonstrate, images and links to videos showing their real-world analogs, and questions for the students to keep them thinking critically throughout. No prior knowledge of fluid dynamics, etc. by the instructor or students is required.

The guide is available in a PDF format:

PDF version