WGBH Openvault

Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's


License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Science First Hand
Tops and Yo-Yo's
Series Description

Get a first-hand view of how teachers approach hands-on science activities and how students respond. These videos show three middle school teachers using class projects to help their students gain a deeper understanding of basic science principles such as force, simple machines, and mechanical advantage. Seeing these students questioning and experimenting makes a compelling case for encouraging exploration, and illustrates the testing process and how students learn from their role as researchers. Series release date: 1994

Program Description

Seventh graders experiment with rotational motion by making tops and yo-yos out of common, disk-shaped household objects. They design and test the yo-yos for their stability. This video illustrates the testing process and placing students into the role of researchers.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's,” 02/01/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0AB87714AB449F0BF15D7DD15FFD583.
MLA: “Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's.” 02/01/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0AB87714AB449F0BF15D7DD15FFD583>.
APA: Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0AB87714AB449F0BF15D7DD15FFD583
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.