Structure advice needed for future teaching sessions of an AS child

Here is my dilema:  I haven't a lot to spend, nor do the parents of the child I am mentoring (Asperger's Syndrome).  Kits and puzzles are great, but can range in price from a few dollars to over $100 a PIECE.  

I have been trying to go through Instructables and pick out "low cost", made from scratch, projects that would be suited for an 8 year old (soldering is out, but squshy circuits look good, etc), and would keep her engaged.   My biggest problem is not knowing "what" to look under.  I haven't a critiera idea on how to get to what I want quickly (I don't always have a LOT of time on line).

I would like to make plans for at least 4-6 months ahead of time, so I can start on "putting together" what is needed for those projects.

ANY suggestions will be helpful and I would be very grateful for any help in this matter.   Those experienced in teaching may have the best ideas, but all others are welcome too. 

Out next session looms and the kit I got is a bit too advanced for the present situation;  so I am "projectless" other then a few small things like showing her how I made my Bristle Bot, and etc.

So far, shes constructed 2 soda can bots,  a skeliton of a T.Rex excavated from a block of  P.O.P. (I think), a hex bot, a few T.Rex models, the Hadogenes Troglodyte puzzle her and I built,, a model of the solar system, etc and etc.

She is going to be a real challange for me to find new and engaging things to create.....

Thanks ahead of time for all that can assist...

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canucksgirl5 years ago
I just saw one of the featured ibles... a 5 cent toy hover craft... She might be interested in the science behind this, once its made?
Goodhart (author)  canucksgirl5 years ago
Ah yes.....I can use that, but it is more of a Spring board then anything....the Magnus effect can be demonstrated in a number of ways, even just allowing a light weight papter tube to roll off the end of an incline (try it first using a tennis ball, allowing it to roll down and off the incline, and note it's trajectory, then do it with the tube......SHOCKED ? I think it's a COOL effect, and much fun and learning will ensue TY
YW. Now to find a tennis ball....
Goodhart (author)  canucksgirl5 years ago
did you get it to work ? Magnus effect...
It's on my list. :)

I was feverishly trying to get my sewing project done before the deadline and still get a few other things accomplished, but I do want to see how this works. I bookmarked the video, I'll look at it after I try it myself. (otherwise it might be like peeking at the end of a book?)
Goodhart (author)  canucksgirl5 years ago
Any heavy ball not effected by air pressure will ball, marble...all will roll off the incline's lower edge in a nice parabolic fashion.....but then, the paper tube..... :-) If you hold this incline at least 4-5 feet off the ground, you'll see the effect much more clearly.....tres cool in my book
lemonie5 years ago
You don't need to spend to mentor someone, it's about learning and communication.

Goodhart (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Indeed, but she needs, desires, CRAVES stimulation of the type kits, puzzles (like that scorpion puzzle), and such give her. This is going to be project night each month as well as mentor night. Communication between us is at a minimum verbally.

When I showed her a box of "stuff" I had made over the years (and have lost schematics, and such for all of them; (or I'd remake them for instructables) she was in awe. A 555 tester, a 7404 tester, an ELF detector, an inductive phone pickup, a joule thief, an IR LED checker, a modified hand held microscope, a rock that - exposed to UV light and then subject to dark - glowed like a glow in the dark Frisbee,  etc. and etc.  She is excited to see what I will come up with next :-) 
Is she going to end up like you? Or if not, what is your plan for her education?

Goodhart (author)  lemonie5 years ago
I doubt she will end up a carbon copy of me :-) I am hoping she can avoid going through some of the horrors that I went though by gaining some understanding early on that some people are just plain cruel by nature, some purposefully ignorant, and some people don't know any better, but then there are a few nice persons out there too ;-)

Since this is going to be a once a month happening, there is little likelihood of ME rubbing off on her much, but she gets along better with me then anyone else at meeting (except her parents, of course), including the others her own age. 

Her Mom and Grandma (she's about my age) home school her, so I have little to do with her formal education.  BUT, on the technology front, I have been "elected" as guide :-)   And for those that do not know, there are stricter rules for home schooled children then there are for public schooled ones. 
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