Loading... Please wait...
  • 1 INDUSTRIAL WAY

Nut and BLOG

Fidget Spinners: Benefits in Education and How to Make Your Own

Posted by



Recently we had the experience of being in hot pursuit of a fidget spinner with our 12 year godson. We literally went from one end of town to the other in search of famous "The Fidget Spinner". Never having heard of it before, we did some research on the subject and came across some interesting points about this popular item.

It’s smaller than your palm and is often found in offices, on playgrounds, and in gas stations. A quiet device, it can cost as low as a few dollars to a couple hundred. YouTube is flooded with users spinning them on floors, noses, shoes, and in other stunts. Can’t stand them or can’t get enough, there is no denying the popularity of the toy that recently exploded in use, has been banned from schools, and almost everything in between: the fidget spinner.

Developed by Catherine Hettinger in the 1980’s, the device was originally intended to promote peace and calmness in children with autism, ADHD, anxiety, and other conditions. By holding the spinner between the thumb and index finger, users spin the device by flicking the prongs forward or backward. Logan Thompson, a junior at Odyssey Charter School in Palm Bay, Florida says that the spinners serve as an outlet for his ADHD. Without them, "I wouldn't be able to focus for a minute at a time."

This past spring, however, children and adults alike have adopted fidget spinners as toys for the purpose of entertainment. Users are buying them both in-store and online - so much that they hold the top four spots in Amazon’s rankings of most popular toys as of this writing.

Despite the frustration in the toy that has affected many parents and teachers, fidget spinners may help to maintain some levels of physical activity, occupy parts of the brain that may otherwise cause distractions, help thought processes and self-expression, and others. In fact, the fad could very well be part of the maker movement in education , one that inspires cross-disciplinary growth and inventiveness among science, technology, engineering, and the arts.

When students are encouraged to build something that interests them, they participate in experiential learning. Different from traditional learning models such as lectures, discussions in class, and writing research papers, students gain a deeper understanding of what they’re building while piecing together individual parts. As a result of taking part in active learning processes, students may even see an advantage among future employers and a greater ability to connect classroom learning concepts to the world around them.

Get creative and craft your own! Check out these spinners made from  nuts and bolts

Or this gadget crafted with zip ties and bicycle chain:

Or even with household items:

Featured Blog: 50 women leaders join forces to build new homes

Event jump starts Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s 10th annual National Women Build Week Fifty women corporate leaders swapped their smart phones for hammers to help kick off Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s 10th annual National Women Build Week. The Mayor of Charlotte and leaders from the Charlotte Hornets, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Novant Health joined [...]

Read More »


METAL PANELS FOR TINY HOMES: PART 2

In the first article in our three-part series on tiny homes we presented an overview of the tiny home trend, including lifestyle considerations and cost benefits. In the second installment, we discussed how tiny homes are built with the same types of materials, construction and aesthetics you find in larger, traditional residences. Metal panels—a popular [...]

Read More »


Build a Makerspace Workbench For Under $100

Get the complete step-by-step workbench plans in PDF formatMakerspace WorkbenchWe’re always creating something at our Makerspaces.com office and just recently we ran out of work space. Instead of just going out and buying a workbench, we decided to build one and share the plans so you can build one too.Making your own workbench offers [...]

Read More »


If you look around, you’ll see you’re surrounded by fasteners!

They are around us in almost everything we do, from the cars we drive to the house we live in. From the computer on our desk to the lawn mower we cut our grass with.They are fasteners. Most people don’t use that word to describe them; they call them instead nuts and bolts, or screws, [...]

Read More »


Youngstown Business Incubator Appoints New CEO

Today the Youngstown Business Incubator held a press conference to officially announce Barb Ewing as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI). The process has been 12 months in the works.Barb Ewing joined the YBI as its Chief Operations Officer in 2011 after 8 years as the Economic Development Director to Congressman Tim Ryan. Prior [...]

Read More »


What Is Ohio? From grilled cheese to Craigslist, Ohioans are changing the way we interact with the world.

The skyline of Cincinnati from across the Ohio River in Kentucky.         [Photo courtesy of REDI Cincinnati]Google the route through Ohio from Cincinnati to Wooster to Columbus to Findlay to Toledo, and you’ll find that it takes about 50 turns, 460 miles and some nine hours of driving.I know, because I made [...]

Read More »


YSU STEM Graduate Student Encourages Kids to Explore 3D Printing

Recently, President Barack Obama announced that The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Los Angeles would be the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama Administration. Among the other hubs is the very first in the country, America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which we are lucky enough to have here in downtown Youngstown. America Makes is “the [...]

Read More »


Make Youngstown 2016 | The Movers, Shakers and Makers in Youngstown, Ohio

In earlier times in history, printing something meant that it was flat on a paper, but today the idea of printing goes way beyond that. Printing now includes 3D printing, which involves either adding or subtracting materials to create an object, shape or the like. The technology is being utilized in many industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, fashion, [...]

Read More »


Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Learn more about choosing the right #Fasteners for your #MetalRoof installation:Profiled metal roof or wall panels rely upon mechanical fasteners to secure the components to a structure. It is very important to select the correct type of fastener for metal construction in order to ensure a strong and weather-tight attachment. This Technical Bulletin serves as [...]

Read More »