The Balancing Tower

This toy teaches children about balancing forces around a center of mass. The toy consists of a main body, multiple attachments and weights (ornaments), which are made out of crystals to refract lights. The toy can either be used as a construction kit to individually build a sculpture or as a challenging game with multiple participants where the objective is to add weights to the growing sculpture while still maintaining its balance around the center point. Because of the patience required and delicacy of the toy, it is recommended and safest for ages 9 and up. Depending on the materials chosen to construct the main body of the toy (metal, wood, plastic, crystal…etc) the construction cost would range from $30 to $50.

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Sarah Habib
Carnegie Mellon University
January 26, 2010