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Teachers take lead in hand spinner craze
指尖陀螺夯 高中老師帶頭玩

With the hand spinners craze, Taoyuan’s Jhih Shan High School students can design and make their own spinners in class, using a 3D printer.
「指尖陀螺」掀起熱潮,桃園市至善高中在課堂中運用3D列印設計、製作指尖陀螺。

Photo: CNA
照片:中央社

Hand spinners are all the rage and, while some schools have banned students from bringing them to class, worried they will be too distracting, teachers in Taoyuan’s Jhih Shan High School have taken the lead in introducing the spinning toys to class. The students are pretty stoked about that.

Hand spinners, said to have a calming and therapeutic effect, are hot in the US and Europe and have now come to Taiwan. Jhih Shan High School has allowed the craze into creative courses, using a 3D printer it has access to from cooperation with industry to design and print the most popular hand spinner designs.

According to Yan Ching-hung, who studied design, students can make the ball bearing units in their hand spinners from ceramic, metal or composite materials, and the different bearing materials will have an effect on the way the spinners shake, rattle and spin.

And whether or not the hand spinners do actually have a calming effect, these creative classes have already inspired the students to learn, and given them more motivation to study.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)

手遊「指尖陀螺」掀起熱潮,部分學校擔心學生分心禁止上課攜帶;桃園市至善高中卻在課堂中,由老師帶頭大玩指尖陀螺,受到學生熱烈迴響。

號稱可透過旋轉達到舒壓、療癒的小玩具「指尖陀螺」從歐美紅到台灣,至善高中將這股風潮融入創意課程,利用與業界合作引進的3D列印機,自行設計並製作出時下最流行的「指尖陀螺」 。

設計出身的指導老師顏景弘表示,同學們製作的指尖陀螺,軸承材質有陶瓷、金屬及複合材質,不同的軸承會讓指尖陀螺的振動、噪音及旋轉時間有所差異。

姑且不論「指尖陀螺」是否真能紓緩壓力,這堂創意課程已經成功引起學生的學習意願和研究動機。(中央社)

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