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UT Dallas Students Build What May be World’s Largest Fidget Spinner

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The possibility of setting a world record for largest fidget spinner lies with a group of students at the University of Texas at Dallas, who chose to make the toy trend a Texas-sized engineering masterpiece for their summer project.

University of Texas Students Build What They Hope to be World’s Largest Fidget Spinner

Photo: Pixabay

Weighing in at approximately 150 pounds, the project took 20 hours to construct between the four students, and they’ve since submitted it to the Guinness Book of World Records for review. The story was featured by NBC DFW, which has also posted a clip of the hypnotic giant fidget spinner in action on their website.

University of Texas Students Build What They Hope to be World’s Largest Fidget Spinner

Photo: Pixabay

Designed to spin with minimal effort, the fidget spinner is a toy that took the market by storm in 2017 consisting of a center bearing around which a flat, plastic or metal, multi-lobed structure rotates. Similar devices were invented prior to this current toy, however, none appeared to become as wildly popular as the fidget spinner did. Many schools banned the toys due to the distraction they caused in class, while others embraced them, permitting them to be used discreetly, identifying that they may help those with trouble focusing. The name ‘fidget spinner’ is derived from the belief in its ability to reduce psychological stress or nervous energy (the cause of fidgeting) through its mesmerizing, effortless spins. There has yet to be scientific proof of its benefits, however, as well as its potential to treat ADHD or even autism.

Sources:

NBC DFW

Wikipedia