OSHR 3031 - Yo-yo Science: Birth, History, Physics and Types of Yo-yos PERK SERIES

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The modern yo-yo appeared in the 1920s, but its antecedents go back to the Greeks in 500 BC. Bandalore yo-yos were popular in Europe in the 1700s. Duncan Toys launched a resurgence in popularity of yo-yos in the 1960s.
Today, there are many Yo-yo design configurations, component materials, and shapes, including Kouen-gen or Diablo stick-driven systems, whistling yo-yos, and yo-yos with lights and moving parts.

This talk will discuss yo-yo physics, yo-yo tricks (both simple and complex), yo-yo world contests, and videos of yoyo team demonstrations.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Robert Meroney

Robert Meroney is an emeritus professor and senior research scientist/scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He was formerly director of the Colorado State Wind Engineering Program and Wind Tunnel Laboratory. In retirement, Dr. Meroney is a Master Naturalist with the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program.