Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

Make a Halloween sign on Plexiglass without a laser cutter

Nice write up, basically the author talks you thru putting a template on the plexiglass and us a dremel to carve out the design. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Halloween-Sign-Using-Perspex-LEDs/

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Cool Trebuchet build

I haven’t see this one before. But apparently folks have been building them. Its a cool build to do with kids since it should be a simple build, and very interactive. https://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-Simplest-and-Newest-Trebuchet-Walking-Arm-T/

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Early warning system for high wind

This is definitely a kid project. Interesting build but not so sure how accurate it could be. https://www.instructables.com/id/Makey-Makey-Early-Warning-System-for-High-Wind/

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Convert a cheap $10 quad copter to a paper airplane

The author basically uses the copter parts to power the plane. Nice build overall. https://www.instructables.com/id/Radio-Controlled-Paper-Plane-Easy-and-Cheap/ A cheaper model can be found here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Powered-Paper-Plane/ But its direction cannot be controlled.

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Make a pinwheel from a soda can

Nice build, the author has a template that you can print out and put on a taken part soda can. https://www.instructables.com/id/Pinwheel-From-Soda-Cans/

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Making a giant lite brite

Nice build. Not so sure I would take this on (lots of holes to make, nevermind the acrylic rods are not cheap. And thats alot of LED’s too being used. https://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-4x8ft-Lite-Brite/

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Interesting kit to make a POV

Call the jolliPOV. It uses an arduino nano for the controller. You can shake it yourself for the words, or attack it to a motor. The kit is $16 plus shipping, and does not include the arduino. https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Based-POV-Display-Stick-JolliPOV-Stick/

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Building a scout birdhouse

Pretty simple design and build. Me…most birdhouse builds are from scraps so are limited to shape based on those scraps. https://www.instructables.com/id/Cub-Scout-Birdhouse/

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Making a Lemon Battery

This would be a fun project with kids. Teach how to pile batteries together to get a higher voltage for example.

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Nice build for a Trebuchet

Nice build for a small Trebuchet you can make with kids. The author includes the SVG file you can use for laser cutting out the parts, or convert to a standard CNC. https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Trebuchet/

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