Gravity Powered Fun!

Gravity Powered Fun!

The Ferris Wheel was invented in 1893 by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. in Chicago.  A Ferris wheel is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating upright wheel with multiple passenger seats attached to the rim of the Ferris Wheel.  

These passenger seats can freely pivot at the support where they are connected to the Ferris wheel. As a result, the gondolas always hang downwards at all times as the Ferris wheel spins. they are kept upright, usually by gravity.

 

Video Instruction: Brackitz Ferris Wheel

 

Learning Expansion

  • Research the Ferris Wheel in your local library or read about the inventor of the first Ferris Wheel.
  • Where is the Tallest Ferris Wheel? (It's the High Roller in Las Vegas!)
  • Ride a Ferris Wheel at a local amusement park 
  • Learn about different styles of Ferris Wheels 
  • Here is some explanation on the physics of Ferris Wheels

Directions on how to build a Brackitz Ferris Wheel or you can download it here.

Ferris wheel pg 1

 ferris wheel pg 2

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