Instructables: exploring - living - education - teach http://www.instructables.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:32 PDT BLOX v1.01 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 high-performing mini catapult that doesn't require any glue, but is just as sturdy. Lesson Plan: Grade range: 1-5 Prep: 2/5 Setup: 2/5 Cleanup: 1/5 Prep: Cut straws into quarters and in half Setup: Set up a designate a firing area Start-of-class lec...
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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. Lesson Plan: Grade range: 1-5 Prep: 4/5 Setup: 1/5 Cleanup: 2/5 Prep: Cut straws into quarters, cut cardstock into thirds lengthwise, cut many halfsticks Setup: Designate a testing area Start-o...
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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 one articulating part. 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 best mechan...
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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 the s...
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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 engineering ideas, though as the title implies, does not require hot...
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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. Lesson Plan: Grade range: 1-2 Prep: 3/5 Setup: 1/5 Cleanup: 1/5 Prep: Cut 1/4 pieces of straws; consider bringing a variety of materials Setup: None Start-of-class lecture Showcase your exa...
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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! Lesson Plan: Grade range: 1-3 Prep: 1/5 Setup: 2/5 Cleanup: 1/5 Prep: None Setup:...
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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 Use a simple slingshot to rapidly propel a car! This is a fast and fun project that has a lot of room for customization. Lesson Plan: Grade range: 1-5 Prep: 2/5 Setup: 2/5 Cleanup: 1/5 Prep: Bend paperclips hooks Setup: Set up glue guns, designate a testing area Start-of-class lecture Demon...
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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
Gyroscopic Whirligigs http://www.instructables.com/id/Gyroscopic-Whirligigs/
Gyroscopic Whirligigs - 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. Lesson Plan:...
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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 After conducting this project just once, I continually get requests from students throughout the year to give them permission to build another. It can easily fire the arrow 50 feet, and more with some practice. Some students would do nothing but build bow and arrows if I let them - it's that fun! T...
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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. Lesson Plan: Grade range: 3-5 Prep: 2/5 Setup: 2/5 Cleanup: 1/5 Prep: Cut many half-sticks Setup: Set up glue guns Start-of-class lecture Demonstrate the project and explain how it works Show step...
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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/
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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/
Filming a Satire - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F0P/BRAK/GYUQTKVE/F0PBRAKGYUQTKVE.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0P/BRAK/GYUQTKVE/F0PBRAKGYUQTKVE.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0P/BRAK/GYUQTKVE/F0PBRAKGYUQTKVE.SMALL.jpg jpdreshar The objective of this project is to give students a greater understanding of what satire is and how it works. This objective will be accomplished by having the students write and film a satirical news story in the vein of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The Onion News Network. Products requ...
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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 I'm here to inspire others to conduct project-based engineering lessons in the classroom and elsewhere. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, creative critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are ...
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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. Lesson Plan: Grade range: 1-5 Prep: 2/5 Setup: 1/5 Cleanup: 1/5 Prep: Bend paperclips, set up a firing range if confined indoors Setup: Set up glue guns Start-of-class lecture Demons...
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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/FP4/GAC5/GXDWOX06/FP4GAC5GXDWOX06.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FP4/GAC5/GXDWOX06/FP4GAC5GXDWOX06.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FP4/GAC5/GXDWOX06/FP4GAC5GXDWOX06.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 For WYE teac...
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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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