#Whirligig Design Challenge Design & Build A Unique Device That Moves and Spins In The Wind.

The New Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation STEM Challenge Is to ...

This STEM Challenge is sponsored by the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation. Our hope is that creativity and innovation will be inspired through STEM activities that challenge youth to think outside of the box, create, design and improve their design.

Entries must be submitted to Flipgrid by 11:59 PM on Friday, August 6, 2021.

*Email whitney.hernandez@cravenk12.org for additional resources

What Is A "Whirligig?"

A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one part that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijigs, whirlyjigs, whirlybirds, or plain whirly. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind but can be hand, friction, or motor powered." -wikiwand.com/en/whirligig

Did You Know There Is A Whirligig Park In Wilson, North Carolina?

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum

The Story

Wilson, North Carolina’s story has captivated the imagination of the country. Farm machinery repairman, Vollis Simpson, began making gigantic kinetic sculptures at his family farm in Wilson County when he was nearing retirement age. He kept making his “whirligigs”–seven days a week–until about six months before he dies at the age of 94 in May of 2013. By that time he was famous. The story of Wilson’s campaign to use the renowned whirligigs to recharge its downtown has catapulted the community into the national spotlight. Grants from ArtPlace America, the Kresge Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts have helped the project come close to its goal of opening the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum.

*Retrieved on 5/15/2020 from www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/the-story

*Shared with the permission of Carolyn Hill, Visitor Services Coordinator, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum

Examples of More Common Whirligigs


Spinner Flags

Photographs by baldeagleindustries.com.

Kinetic Sculptures

Retrieved May 15th, 2020 from the following; https://www.gardeners.com/buy/gyroscope-wind-spinner/8596495.html, https://www.homedepot.com/p/Evergreen-Garden-Connected-Spiral-24-in-Hanging-Kinetic-Wind-Spinner-47M683/308833741, https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/75-inch-Copper-and-Gold-Scoops-Kinetic-Wind-Spinner/30779481/product.html?recset=fc4c3d10-1be0-4aa5-91e6-24f43467d544&refccid=JVMIHSIBD533PVKBIHORQZ7CG4&recalg=931,927,923,873,839&recidx=1

Follow the Engineering Design Process to Design Your Own Kinetic Sculpture Using This Site.


Whirligigs Can Even Be Found In Nature

The Samara Fruit

A Samara is a winged nut containing one seed, as in ash and maple.

Maybe you call them helicopter seeds.

Elm, Ash, and Maple trees all use samaras to spread their seeds with the help of the wind.

Here are some resources you might find helpful as you prepare and plan for your design.

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Created with an image by Al Soot - "untitled image"