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Beyblade - Top 10 Science Concepts to discuss with kids
Beyblade Zirkel in roter Arena mit daneben kniendem Spieler by Marco Verch is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Beyblade – Top 10 Science Concepts to Introduce to Kids

If you have a young child in your life, he or she may be drawn to the phenomenon that is Beyblade. Why not take the opportunity to discuss these science concepts in a light and natural way while they play.

The purpose of this post is to take advantage of the teachable moments that surround us on the science behind Beyblades.  It is not to review formulas and theories that will be formally taught when when kids are much older. So we have included short statements that you can include in your conversations with your young prodigy to illuminate the science of beyblades.

Are you seeing a budding engineer in the making? Beyblade engineering is an integral part of the game as different parts are combined for improved results.  Learn more about the breadth of possibilities of engineering here.

Let ‘er rip

Beyblade Science – Force concepts

1 – Force – is any interaction that, when unopposed, will change the motion of an object. A force can cause an object with mass to change its velocity. This includes to begin moving from a state of rest. Examples of Force include pushes and pulls.

“You generated a lot more force than me with that rip and that is why you won. I’ll get you next time!”

2 – Gravity – the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth, or toward any other physical body having mass.

“Gravity will pull down that Beyblade sooner or later after it slows down sufficiently”

3 – Torque – a twisting force that tends to cause rotation.

“That Beyblade spun a long time because you generated a lot of torque with your rip”

4 – Energy – is the ability to do work. Objects can have stored, or potential, energy when either:

  • work has been done (such as raising an object in the air) or
  • by virtue of their position (such as sitting at the top of a hill).

Potential energy changes to kinetic energy when the object moves. Examples include holding a stretched spring (potential energy) and then releasing it (kinetic energy) or holding a box above the ground (potential energy) and then dropping it (kinetic energy).

“When you hold your Beyblade up high, you provide it with more potential energy which can be unleashed when you let it rip.”

“When you let it rip, you released the kinetic energy”

Beyblade Science – Motion concepts

5 – Inertia – a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force

6 – Friction – the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another

“Your Beyblade had a lot of inertia and would have spun continuously except for the effects of friction and gravity”

7 – Mass – is both a property of a physical body and a measure of its resistance to acceleration (a change in its state of motion) when a net force is applied. The object’s mass also determines the strength of its gravitational attraction to other bodies. The basic unit of mass is the kilogram (kg).

“Because your Beyblade has more mass than your friend’s Beyblade, you will resist their attacks more easily”

8 – Momentum – the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.

“The momentum of your Beyblade took it right out of the stadium and crashing to a stop”

9 – Velocity – is a measure of how fast something moves in a particular direction. In other words, a velocity is a speed with a direction. For instance, if an object moves east at 9 metres per second (9m/s), we would say that its velocity is 9 m/s to the east.

“The velocity of your Beyblade seems very fast and towards the right? Why is it pulling in that direction?”

10 – Precession – the slow movement of the axis of a spinning body around another axis due to a torque (such as gravitational influence) acting to change the direction of the first axis. The pole of a spinning gyroscope slowly traces out a circle showing the precession.

“Did you see the precession of the Beyblade in a circle?”

There are considerable variations on how to get a Beyblade to spin longer.  How to do this is not the subject of this post but if you would like to learn more, I would recommend the linked article here.

 

What science concepts can I explore with my children using Beyblades?

A) Force concepts
1) Force
2) Gravity
3) Torque
4) Energy

B) Motion Concepts
1) Inertia
2) Friction
3) Mass
4) Momentum
5) Velocity
6) Precession

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