Let’s Build Engineering Extravaganza

The Science of Pirouettes


Challenge:  How is a spinning top similar to a spinning ballerina?  How are they different?

Questions to ask:

  • Take a top, spin it, observe.  Ask a ballerina to spin, observe.

  • Can you spin? (Ask ballerinas to teach you!)

  • Look at the pointe shoes - do they make spinning harder?  Easier?  Both?  Explain why.

  • Video for more information

   Special thanks to Charles River Ballet Academy.  More here!