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Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's


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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.

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Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's,” 02/01/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0AB87714AB449F0BF15D7DD15FFD583.
MLA: “Science First Hand; Tops and Yo-Yo's.” 02/01/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 19, 2019. <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
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