Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

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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A nice simple guide to start out with CNC

This one basically involves an etch-a-sketch that you use with motors to draw.  Interesting starting point for CNC. The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Building A CNC Machine

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Simple Wind Turbine Build

This is a simple build to show a way to generate power from wind.  Cheap build too. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Water-Bottle-Wind-Turbine/

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Make a pinball machine with a penboard

Cool idea, modular too. https://makershare.com/projects/mechanical-pinball

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