STEM kits made for girls in Scouting ** enjoyed by everyone!
What are Rope Runners?
The Rope Runner is a wooden figure which rolls down a rope on a single wheel, using weights to balance. It is based on a traditional toy concept. The Rope Runner is simple in design and easy to assemble. But, seeing it in action is really quite amazing!
They're art, they're science, and, most of all,
they're incredibly fun to make and race.
This is how the Rope Runner looks when the parts in the kit are put together) but before it is decorated.
Assembling the Rope Runner provides an opportunity to learn about balance, counter weights, center of mass, science, woodworking, machines, and wheels and axles. Then, the Rope Runner is transformed into a personal artistic statement by decorating it with simple craft materials and imagination. There is only one restriction: whatever decoration is added must be light in weight, or the Rope Runner will not balance. This “reality check” can be very informative too!