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I am hopefully going to be designing an after school program for the spring semester. the age group is potentially 5- 11. but could be, if i so choose, only 9-11. I am trying to create a program that is exciting, fun, educational and of course, relatively cheap. The first idea i have is to build a model wind tunnel, then have the students design and build pinewood racers (with assistance of course), then we can test the drag in the wind tunnel and make adjustments, then race them. Giving the students the oppertunity to learn a little about wood working and also aerodynamics. I am also looking for suggestions for other projects that would meet the criteria of fun, educational and inexpensive. so if anyone has any ideas at all please feel free to share them. also if anyone is intereted in persuing the above project i am happy to supply links, as they are all ideas i have stolen. thank you Alec

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Kiteman

10 years ago

You could make simple rockets (matches and foil). Air cannon / vortex cannon. Pondskaters. Soap-boats. Small leyden jars. Cartesian divers. Accidental cannon. Whirlpool in a bottle. Collect spiderwebs. Gliders. Paper ("huff") rockets. If any of those seem attractive, PM me and I can send you more details (some of them are my ibles).

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skunkbaitKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Man, where were the teachers like you when I was that age?!!! All we had was sports and pseudo-art!

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Kitemanskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

I'm not so unusual as people think.

I'm a teacher like this because I was taught by teachers like this, years before the interweb.

My first science lesson, we collapsed an oil-can with hot water. The second lesson, my teacher spent a week sharpening a butterknife on an oilstone during lessons (that kind of slanted the nature of the stories we were writing), then at the end of the week he brought in a cow's eye and we dissected it together (I spent part of the lesson wearing the empty eye on my finger). That was in Junior school.

My first proper science teacher was Mad Kenny Miller. He told rude poems as part of sex-ed, smoked a cigarette backwards (took a lung-full of pure O2 and blew in through the filter). He connected the whole class to the mains, all in the days before the Safety Elves took over our lives).

Later teachers were similar. One of my physics teachers was a hippy (we called him Rastus Watermelon for no understandable reason), but he still shot a CO2 cylinder through a wall, and I used to go drinking with one of my chemistry teachers during school hours.

How on earth could I not end up being a teacher like this?

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caitlinsdad

10 years ago

In my day, the space race was the rage and fueled a lot of imagination. You can also design your spacecraft to test in the wind tunnel. Create a rocketship from things like carboard tubes and empty water or soda bottles.