Archive for August, 2009
Lets make a spring driven launcher, all you need is a paint stirr stick, or similar piece cut from a plank, a piece of plywood or particle board of the same length as the paint stirr stick, about 30-35 centimeter long, an elastic band, a piece of scrap wood and a medicine cup; that is all! Here is the assembled launcher and in the photos that follow you can see the steps you need to take to get a working launch pad. Have fun, you might need an older friend or adult to help you out here and there, don’t hesitate to ask for some help. You can print one or more of the photos and show them to the people you ask for scraps and other materials.
Lets make a real, good sounding drum. All you need is a discarded plastic pail, some awning fabric, rope, a few wooden sticks and some tools you can find around the house or you might approach a trades person or a friend or family member who has a workshop. Feel free to visit a local shop, the trades people or store owners will try to help you when you show what you are planning to make. Most materials in this project are scrap pieces in any workshop! And most adults will try to help you. Besides, you will build contacts and you will get a better feel for practical work in technology.
I our latest version we omit the wood sticks and weave the rope directly through the holes in the side of the bucket, you can drill all the twelve holes at the same distance from the top, just experiment a little and you will find the right set-up for your own project. Afterall, these projects are meant to tickle your imagination and make variations on these projects. Good luck! The ten boys and girls at the Boys and Girls Club in Kingston, Ontario, were enthusiastically playing their drums at the end of the projecthour, the whole building resounded with the drum beats, WOW…