Flag Waver



Wave your flag high! The TeacherGeek Flag Waver Activity is an excellent introduction to TeacherGeek construction techniques and components. By combining gears, pulleys and cams, you change rotary motion into linear motion to raise, lower and wave flags by simply turning a crank. Once you have experienced the TeacherGeek building system, you can create anything with TeacherGeek components. You will find the Flag Waver Construction Guide is easy to follow, fun and informative.


Completing the

Flag Waver Activity

(Ages 10 and Up)

When working with ages 10 and up on this Activity, start with the Build Guide.


     Build Guide     

Create a prototype Flag Waver using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll create your own amazing designs once the prototype is complete.

  • Basic Build Guide: PDF

Once you complete the Build Guide, your Flag Waver is ready! At the end of the Build Guide you will have the skills to make your own version. How will you make it different? Download the Engineering Notebook to help you on this journey. Find this in Optional Resources below.

     Optional Resources     

Engineering Notebook

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of the design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.

      • Simple Engineering Notebook: PDF
      • Engineering Notebook: PDF

TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?


Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool


Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.


Saw, Pruning Shears


Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).


#3 Drill Bit and Drill

Sets of tools can be found here.

Make your Flag Waver even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Flag Waver Components

What's in the Flag Waver Activity?

Component: 20pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
Dowels 100 6
300mm Slide Stop 5 1/3 (100mm)
Stop Clips 80 4
Hole Plates 40 2
Perpendicular Blocks 100 6
Rubber Bands 50 4
Mixed Gears 40 2
Mixed Pulleys 40 2


This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision. 

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:

Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet

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