Instructables: exploring - living - education - teach http://www.instructables.com Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:40:44 PDT BLOX v1.01 Extending Grabber http://www.instructables.com/id/Extending-Grabber/
Extending Grabber - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F1C/RFOB/I0TV1PFZ/F1CRFOBI0TV1PFZ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1C/RFOB/I0TV1PFZ/F1CRFOBI0TV1PFZ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1C/RFOB/I0TV1PFZ/F1CRFOBI0TV1PFZ.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Materials For the basic example, you'll need:8 craft sticks2 milkshake straws, cut into quarters2 skewersDesignable components:Pipe cleanersRubber bandsFor testing:2 cups Assemble and reinforce the beams Create four beams by inserting the craft sticks into the pieces of straws.Leave a small g...
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Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:48:25 PDT
Young Engineers: Advanced Ideas http://www.instructables.com/id/Young-Engineers-Advanced-Ideas/
Young Engineers: Advanced Ideas - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F57/X2JI/HWDRI3MJ/F57X2JIHWDRI3MJ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F57/X2JI/HWDRI3MJ/F57X2JIHWDRI3MJ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F57/X2JI/HWDRI3MJ/F57X2JIHWDRI3MJ.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This is a collection of links to the advanced project ideas that are available for all the Workshop for Young Engineers project plans.Cork Launcher (Hinged Double Launcher, Arrow Launcher, Cork Shooter Car)Crash Test Car (Micro Car Challenge)Rubber Band Helicopter (With pipe cleaners, Inertia-Copter...
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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:21:14 PDT
Open-Ended Hydraulic Machines http://www.instructables.com/id/Open-Ended-Hydraulic-Machines/
Open-Ended Hydraulic Machines - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSF/TK40/HSGFWE2D/FSFTK40HSGFWE2D.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSF/TK40/HSGFWE2D/FSFTK40HSGFWE2D.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSF/TK40/HSGFWE2D/FSFTK40HSGFWE2D.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This project is very similar to my other Instructable, Simple Hydraulic Machines. The difference here is that students are not shown any examples how to turn their simple hydraulic-powered hinge into something meaningful. Instead, students are taught only how to make a hinge that's actuated by a hyd...
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Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:35:02 PST
Pyramid Catapult http://www.instructables.com/id/Pyramid-Catapult/
Pyramid Catapult - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FU0/HB94/HS18EQEY/FU0HB94HS18EQEY.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FU0/HB94/HS18EQEY/FU0HB94HS18EQEY.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FU0/HB94/HS18EQEY/FU0HB94HS18EQEY.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This project is born from the idea of making a mini catapult that doesn't require any glue, but is just as sturdy and high-performing as other designs. Materials 10 craft sticks 5 skewers 3 milkshake straws (2.5 cut into quarters) 1 cup 1 rubber band Tape Pyramid frame Cut 2.5 milkshake straws...
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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:24:54 PST
Gliding Car http://www.instructables.com/id/Gliding-Car/
Gliding Car - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FK9/WH9W/HR0AYRT0/FK9WH9WHR0AYRT0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FK9/WH9W/HR0AYRT0/FK9WH9WHR0AYRT0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FK9/WH9W/HR0AYRT0/FK9WH9WHR0AYRT0.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This car is designed to be pushed off of a tabletop, glide gently to the ground, and continue rolling! Materials Craft sticks Milkshake straws Skewers Cardstock Wheels Tape Prep the paper Cut cardstock into thirds lengthwise for the wings. Cut those strips in half for the tail. Form the fram...
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Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:13:00 PST
Young Engineers Project Categories http://www.instructables.com/id/Young-Engineers-Project-Categories/
Young Engineers Project Categories - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FA8/ZNQL/HKM911JI/FA8ZNQLHKM911JI.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA8/ZNQL/HKM911JI/FA8ZNQLHKM911JI.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA8/ZNQL/HKM911JI/FA8ZNQLHKM911JI.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This Instructable is an attempt at categorizing the Young Engineers project plans to help instructors decide which lesson is suitable for their class. Project plans are subdivided into appropriate grade ranges on the next page, and on the pages that follow they are grouped by type (cars, structures,...
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Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:23:34 PST
Mechanical Hand http://www.instructables.com/id/Mechanical-Hand-4/
Mechanical Hand - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FPP/M6X1/HQINBRTR/FPPM6X1HQINBRTR.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPP/M6X1/HQINBRTR/FPPM6X1HQINBRTR.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPP/M6X1/HQINBRTR/FPPM6X1HQINBRTR.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Students will make a simple mechanical hand with a trigger connected to a hinge. Once complete, students can test the ability of their hand by trying to pick up as many straws as possible. Extra class time (and there should be plenty!) can be devoted to further testing and redesigning to make the be...
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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:21:37 PST
Triangle Slinger http://www.instructables.com/id/Triangle-Slinger/
Triangle Slinger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FNG/TW1N/HQ6WF0S3/FNGTW1NHQ6WF0S3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNG/TW1N/HQ6WF0S3/FNGTW1NHQ6WF0S3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNG/TW1N/HQ6WF0S3/FNGTW1NHQ6WF0S3.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Inspired by the various Viking Catapult designs, I endeavoured to create my own version that is more portable, durable, and easy to build. This design also allows for more adjustable trajectories. Although many of my projects are projectile launchers, this one definitely feels and behaves much diffe...
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Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:57:48 PST
Tornado Tower http://www.instructables.com/id/Tornado-Tower/
Tornado Tower - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F8G/3FGP/HPY96FMB/F8G3FGPHPY96FMB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8G/3FGP/HPY96FMB/F8G3FGPHPY96FMB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8G/3FGP/HPY96FMB/F8G3FGPHPY96FMB.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Students must build towers that fulfill these design challenges: At least 3 craft sticks tall (approximately 1-foot) Does not fall over from gusts of wind Can support ~5lbs of weight at the top of the tower (the weight does not have to balance at the top - you may hold t...
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Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:33:07 PST
No-Glue Bow and Arrow http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Glue-Bow-and-Arrow/
No-Glue Bow and Arrow - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F1V/3TBD/HPV0NQCO/F1V3TBDHPV0NQCO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1V/3TBD/HPV0NQCO/F1V3TBDHPV0NQCO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1V/3TBD/HPV0NQCO/F1V3TBDHPV0NQCO.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance My other instructable, the Bow and Arrow, is one of the most popular projects among my students. It's fairly easy to build, customizable, and highly rewarding to play with. This project, the No-Glue Bow and Arrow, utilizes the same building ideas, though as the title implies, does not require hot gl...
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Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:39:11 PST
Geometric Shapes http://www.instructables.com/id/Geometric-Shapes/
Geometric Shapes - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F05/YKEY/HPT94S3T/F05YKEYHPT94S3T.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F05/YKEY/HPT94S3T/F05YKEYHPT94S3T.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F05/YKEY/HPT94S3T/F05YKEYHPT94S3T.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Students use pieces of straws, craft sticks, and tape to form geometric shapes of varying complexity. Materials Craft sticks Milkshake straws Tape Wheels Skewers Paper String More! Basic construction Construction is simple: pinch the end of a straw to flatten the opening, then insert a craft...
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Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:54:47 PST
Simple Sail Car http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Sail-Car/
Simple Sail Car - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FR5/QFHT/HKJTC6ZL/FR5QFHTHKJTC6ZL.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FR5/QFHT/HKJTC6ZL/FR5QFHTHKJTC6ZL.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FR5/QFHT/HKJTC6ZL/FR5QFHTHKJTC6ZL.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance These lightweight racers are perfect for introducing students to some elementary physics concepts such as lift, inertia, and drag. Students can modify their design and method of propulsion to create the fastest car! Materials Plastic wheels Craft sticks Craft cubes Skewers Straws Paper Hot glue ...
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Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:05:53 PDT
Slingshot Cars http://www.instructables.com/id/Slingshot-Cars/
Slingshot Cars - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F77/9IRZ/HKM8WVVF/F779IRZHKM8WVVF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F77/9IRZ/HKM8WVVF/F779IRZHKM8WVVF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F77/9IRZ/HKM8WVVF/F779IRZHKM8WVVF.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Project Goal: Students build cars that are rapidly propelled across the floor at least 10 feet.Design Variables Axle width Number of wheelsKey Concepts Wheel Alignment means all the wheels all point in one direction Energy transformation is when one kind of energy turns into a different formPrep: Be...
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Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:55:38 PDT
Quick & Fun Engineering Projects http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-Fun-Engineering-Projects/
Quick & Fun Engineering Projects - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FBT/9XUS/HKJTC6Y8/FBT9XUSHKJTC6Y8.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FBT/9XUS/HKJTC6Y8/FBT9XUSHKJTC6Y8.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FBT/9XUS/HKJTC6Y8/FBT9XUSHKJTC6Y8.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance These mini projects are designed to add flexibility to your repertoire of lesson plans. Each project requires almost no preparation, can be quickly explained, and uses minimal materials. It's perfect for engaging a student who finishes his or her main project very early, or conduct several of these ...
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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:51:23 PDT
Top Launcher http://www.instructables.com/id/Gyroscopic-Whirligigs/
Top Launcher - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F3W/KZXA/HKJRZHDY/F3WKZXAHKJRZHDY.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3W/KZXA/HKJRZHDY/F3WKZXAHKJRZHDY.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3W/KZXA/HKJRZHDY/F3WKZXAHKJRZHDY.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Gyroscopic Whirligigs is a project that breaks away from the usual fare and offers students a unique engineering gizmo that always impresses onlookers. This quirky contraption isn't a true gyroscope, but it relies on the gyroscopic effect to produce some impossible-looking stunts. Materials...
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Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:23:08 PDT
Bow and Arrow http://www.instructables.com/id/Bow-and-Arrow-2/
Bow and Arrow - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FDV/9O21/HJKBJW9Q/FDV9O21HJKBJW9Q.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDV/9O21/HJKBJW9Q/FDV9O21HJKBJW9Q.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDV/9O21/HJKBJW9Q/FDV9O21HJKBJW9Q.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance Project Goal: Students build truss-based bow frames that launch weighted straws at least 15 feet. Design Variables Amount of weight in arrow tip Length of arrow Size of bow frame Bow frame design Number of rubber bands Type of rubber bandsKey Concepts Energy transformation is when one kind of energy...
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Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:37:51 PDT
Marble Roller Coaster http://www.instructables.com/id/Marble-Roller-Coaster/
Marble Roller Coaster - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FYW/TYKK/H7UQYT0A/FYWTYKKH7UQYT0A.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYW/TYKK/H7UQYT0A/FYWTYKKH7UQYT0A.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYW/TYKK/H7UQYT0A/FYWTYKKH7UQYT0A.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance "We're doing the roller coasters?! Yes!!" That's the response I get from students who've taken my engineering classes before when they find out it's marble roller coaster day. It's a class favorite. It's an open-ended, fast-paced, constantly evolving, and easy to explain. This project reaches a wid...
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Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:45:31 PDT
Craft Stick Mouse Trap http://www.instructables.com/id/Craft-Stick-Mouse-Trap/
Craft Stick Mouse Trap - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FWE/FNIV/H7HY81A4/FWEFNIVH7HY81A4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWE/FNIV/H7HY81A4/FWEFNIVH7HY81A4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWE/FNIV/H7HY81A4/FWEFNIVH7HY81A4.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This project emulates the same mechanism that is used in a real mousetrap. Materials Craft sticks Craft cubes Cubes with holes Skewers Cable ties Rubberbands Something to cut craft sticks Hot glue Masking tape Make the base and arm The hing...
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Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:56:54 PDT
Color Theory for Everyone! http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Wholesome-Dose-of-Color-Theory/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F59/03NL/H6MEZT45/F5903NLH6MEZT45.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F59/03NL/H6MEZT45/F5903NLH6MEZT45.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F59/03NL/H6MEZT45/F5903NLH6MEZT45.SMALL.jpg ejarrell Understanding color theory will impact everyone who gets dressed in the morning, which is just about everyone. It is especially helpful for beginner artists, but is certainly not limited to artists. Many people brush off color theory as elementary concepts, but understanding the way colors interact ...
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Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:08:54 PDT
Projects to Start With http://www.instructables.com/id/Projects-to-Start-With/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F77/SQ0M/H3KOVLO6/F77SQ0MH3KOVLO6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F77/SQ0M/H3KOVLO6/F77SQ0MH3KOVLO6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F77/SQ0M/H3KOVLO6/F77SQ0MH3KOVLO6.SMALL.jpg albertsbeth This Guide contains projects to start with in your brand new Maker Room. Warm up exercises! Room Design Projects Projects to Get Students in the Door First Unit: Exploring Electricity Workbench A pretty easy workbench made out of some 2x6's, a piece of 3/4" plywood, and a piece of 3/8" particle...
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Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:47:00 PDT
Propeller-Powered Car http://www.instructables.com/id/Propeller-Powered-Car/
Propeller-Powered Car - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FJU/HLRY/H0FLDCMR/FJUHLRYH0FLDCMR.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJU/HLRY/H0FLDCMR/FJUHLRYH0FLDCMR.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJU/HLRY/H0FLDCMR/FJUHLRYH0FLDCMR.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This car can travel up to 40ft on a smooth and flat surface! Materials Materials Propellers Wheels Straws 1/8" Bamboo skewers Craft sticks Craft cubes Long rubberbands Paperclips Masking tape Hot glue Make the wheels Make the propeller shaft Assemble + launch ...
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Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:06:35 PDT
Kaddyshack teaches you: how to moonwalk http://www.instructables.com/id/Kaddyshack-teaches-you-how-to-moonwalk/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ4/OEDS/GZACQOCT/FJ4OEDSGZACQOCT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ4/OEDS/GZACQOCT/FJ4OEDSGZACQOCT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ4/OEDS/GZACQOCT/FJ4OEDSGZACQOCT.SMALL.jpg kaddyshack Learning Objective (for teaching contest) This video is intended to teach viewers how to do a basic dance move by using accessible exercises and step by step instructions. The concepts in this video can be applied to almost any style of dance and even several styles of martial arts. Instructab...
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Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:57:45 PST
Filming a Satire http://www.instructables.com/id/Satire-A-Learning-Activity/
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Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:50:59 PST
Project-Based Engineering for Kids http://www.instructables.com/id/Project-Based-Engineering-for-Kids/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FWP/3TYV/GY4ROS7I/FWP3TYVGY4ROS7I.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWP/3TYV/GY4ROS7I/FWP3TYVGY4ROS7I.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWP/3TYV/GY4ROS7I/FWP3TYVGY4ROS7I.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance This is a collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.Thes...
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Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:13:01 PST
How to Teach Project-Based Engineering to Kids http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Teach-Project-Based-Engineering-to-Kids/
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Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:49:33 PST
Teach Engineering: Slingshot Rockets http://www.instructables.com/id/Teach-Engineering-Slingshot-Rockets/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FMN/81PD/H1ENC2VD/FMN81PDH1ENC2VD.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMN/81PD/H1ENC2VD/FMN81PDH1ENC2VD.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMN/81PD/H1ENC2VD/FMN81PDH1ENC2VD.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance EDIT: Long rubber bands or two short rubber bands tied together work much better than one short rubber band. Materials: Straw Rubber band Craft stick Paperclip Cardstock Masking tape
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Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:01:06 PST
Teach Your Unborn Child About Star Trek http://www.instructables.com/id/Teach-Your-Unborn-Child-About-Star-Trek/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FMX/EF1E/GXO0U77D/FMXEF1EGXO0U77D.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMX/EF1E/GXO0U77D/FMXEF1EGXO0U77D.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMX/EF1E/GXO0U77D/FMXEF1EGXO0U77D.SMALL.jpg calebjc It's never too early to teach your kids about Star Trek! In week 23 fetuses begin to be able to hear. The sounds they hear while in the womb have been shown to calm babies down when they are repeated after they are born. Using this logic, reading to your baby about Star Trek while close to the womb ...
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Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:40:26 PST
Crash Test Cars http://www.instructables.com/id/Teach-Engineering-Crash-Test-Racers/
Crash Test Cars - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/4JXY/HW43ZKWM/FEJ4JXYHW43ZKWM.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/4JXY/HW43ZKWM/FEJ4JXYHW43ZKWM.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/4JXY/HW43ZKWM/FEJ4JXYHW43ZKWM.SMALL.jpg WYE_Lance We've all heard of the classic egg-drop engineering challenge, so here's a twist: crash test race cars! The students in my extracurricular engineering class love this project because of its open-ended nature and thrilling process. More footage of crash tests Materials and ...
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Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:46:39 PST
All Subjects Teaching Tools http://www.instructables.com/id/All-Subjects-Teaching-Tools/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FAU/97YN/GKS0SXX7/FAU97YNGKS0SXX7.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAU/97YN/GKS0SXX7/FAU97YNGKS0SXX7.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAU/97YN/GKS0SXX7/FAU97YNGKS0SXX7.SMALL.jpg wilgubeast Have you been hoarding egg crates and magazines, sneaking tongue depressors out of the doctor's office, or loitering outside of Foot Locker asking patrons for their shoe boxes? Do you need some ideas for art projects, science experiments, historical models, or just something you can do to reach thos...
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