In my approach, I do not expect the students to memorize facts, concepts, or theories. Instead, comprehension and applied understanding come through engaging with an idea firsthand without necessarily being able to define it. For example, making Slingshot Rockets is a hands-on study in the basic principles of flight and trajectory. In this way, learning becomes a fun process of discovery, not one of abstract understanding.
All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting. Please do not use these project plans for profit.
Highly customizable and fun to use. A smash hit among my students!
Three different plans for cork-shooting projectile launchers.
A simple hinge and trigger are used to extend a student's grasp
Fast and fun, a good introductory project. Needs a bit of space.
Add flexibility to your project repertoire.
Keep a hard-boiled egg safe as it races other cars down a ramp and into a wall.
Simple hydraulics are used to power four different projects of varying difficulty.
This open-ended design challenge requires students to build towers that can withstand gusts of wind!
Simple hydraulics used to control grappling JudoBots
Some kids would build nothing but these if I let them
Combine simple 2D shapes made of straws and sticks to create more complex 3D constructs
A plane that flies at least 15' and lands upright
A well balanced project with a satisfying end product.
An unusual project that explores the gyroscope effect
A unique project that mimics the way a real mousetrap functions.
This project uses the same principles as the other Bow and Arrow Instructable.
A simple variant of the Viking Catapult
A project to engage all ages.
Push the car off of a table and watch it glide to the floor and continue rolling
Held together only with tape and straws, yet incredibly sturdy and high-performing