Everyday Turbine

Conveying concepts in dynamics, fluid mechanics, and electromagnetism, this everyday turbine is hidden in most households. It’s a simple and fun way to teach kids about physics.

1 Beer or Soda Can
1 Voltmeter
1 Empty Blank CD Holder
2 50' Coils of Copper Wiring
1 Old Rollerblade Wheel
1 Rollerblade Bearing
28 1/4"x1/4"x1/16" Neodymium Magnets
1 Rectifier
1 Capacitor
1 Breadboard
and some wires with duct tape...

What the Nerf?!?! Rapid Prototyping at its Best.

Today, an undergrad decided to shoot me with a nerf dart. His weapon of choice: PVC pipe blow dart, lung powered. In retaliation I went to the local hardware store. One ball pump, five feet of rubber tubing, one water hose nozzle, two feet of copper pipe, and three hours of work later I went hunting for undergrads. The rubber tube can hold 200 psi of air... need I say more?