Geomaze - a Puzzle That's Never Solved

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About: Hi! I'm Isaac Santos. I'm a 13 year old maker and entrepreneur who can't keep my hands still. I aspire to show all other young people out there that you can be a great maker, no matter how old you are.

I've been home schooled for most of my life, so the things I know (math, science, art, writing, socials, etc) were taught to me by my mom or online programs. I don't really remember any math lessons, but I do remember the geoboard (Here's one I found online that you can try!). It was this plastic thing with rungs sticking out of it that you'd loop rubber bands on to make shapes. Those were the days...

What's that in the first picture? That's some really nice fresh grass being covered by a geoboard with nails and rubber bands, which is a maze and is configurable, and fits in a box that can be slipped into a bag and taken anywhere.

Yeah, I like the grass too! Too bad that's not what we're making...

Supplies:

To make the maze you'll need:

- A wooden box with a separate lid (Any size!)

- A bag of rainbow loom rubber bands

- A sheet of hardboard, which you can get at Home Depot for about 2 bucks

- A hammer

- A band saw

- 3/4" wire nails

- A ruler

- A triangle tool.

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Step 1: Sizing

To figure out the size of your maze, take the lid of you box and a piece of paper. Fold the paper until it fits snugly in the box. This is approximately the size of your maze base.

Step 2: Trace + Cut

Trace the paper onto the hardboard. Cut this out for your maze base! Make sure it fits nicely into the box lid.

Step 3: Measuring

Okay, here comes the confusing part.
The spaces between your legs will be 1 inch wide, so fit as many inches as possible from your ruler onto the short edge of the hardboard. The little space left should be equal on both side (for example, I had 5 inches that could fit on the board, and about 3 millimeters left on both sides.) Mark the inches, which is where we'll put the nails.

Step 4: It's Hammering Time!

Now for the step we've all been waiting for!
Grab that hammer, and pound the nails into the marks. This will help you line up your other nails!

Step 5: Hammering Time Part 2!

Now, use the triangle to line up the corner nail to the other corner, and make marks every 1 inch. Hammer nails down the row, and use these marking nails to place the other nails!

Step 6: Fin

You've done it! That grueling process of 30 minutes and that sacrifice of 8 bucks! But it was worth it.
HOW TO USE: (Read these instructions CAREFULLY!)
1. String the rubber bands onto the board to make a maze.
2. Play! I use it by placing a marble in the maze somewhere, and rolling it to "the end", which can be anywhere. This can also be used for other things (for example, a geoboard, of course). Use your imagination!

Thanks for viewing this instructable! It was fun to build, and I hope to sell them at a craft fair!

'Bye!
zakbobdop

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    snowf7

    Question 23 days ago

    Your instructable was very interesting. I am not sure how to play this "game". Do I find a marble and try to roll it through the maze? Do I fold a piece of paper and try to shoot it across the board by folding it over one of the elastics? Do I pluck the elastics like a guitar and form a tune? I didn't see any playing instructions. I'm not sure I want to build a game that I might not want to play.

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    zakbobdopsnowf7

    Answer 23 days ago

    Sorry for that mistake! Yes, it's meant for rolling a marble through, like a maze. I'll change that, and maybe I'll add a video of it in play. You don't have to stop there though. You just came up with 2 other ways you can use it :D
    Thanks for the feedback!

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    snowf7zakbobdop

    Reply 23 days ago

    Thanks for your quick response. I was thinking that this board could also be use for string art, with string or with different lengths and colours of elastic bands. I have also seen looms that are made in a similar way to make placemats. One pattern fits all! I have voted for you.