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Need Ideas for Fun, Cheap Projects for Families to Do on Museum Visits Answered

I work at a science center (www.lsc.org) and need a variety of projects guests can do that are CHEAP, fun and provide a take-home object. I love the water bottle speakers, but they involve expensive parts. Ditto for the jar that glows at night. Any thoughts about a project for all ages that won't cost more than about $2-3 per person using mostly recycled parts? We get about 1,500 people a day, so any dontaed parts would also be appreciated.

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siliconghost (author)2009-09-17

Build or buy a simple paper airplane launcher like this:


Then provide folding templates (painted on wood) for various simple airplane styles. I've seen this in a local museum near me and the kids just love building their own airplanes and launching them in to a target.

They then get to take the airplanes home if they want to.

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robotguy4 (author)2009-09-16


Also, you may want to contact Exploratorium. They might help you...

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lemonie (author)2009-09-16

See this topic:
Contact Greensteam, she could give you some good ones.
See the video link off that too


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Kiteman (author)2009-09-16

Throwies? If you're buying in bulk for regular builds, they work out at pennies each. Or what about the various papercraft projects (just the cost or photocopying, plus wear-and-tear on scissors and glue)?

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Re-design (author)2009-09-16