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HOW-TO: Build a cardboard spaceship

Posted by freeschool on January 24, 2008


Boing Boing posted a set of instructions for building a cardboard rocketship playhouse from out of washer-dryer boxes.

via Boing Boing

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Thomas Edison on inventing

Posted by freeschool on January 18, 2008

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

– Thomas Edison

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HOW TO – Make a simple pulley

Posted by freeschool on January 3, 2008

The Canada Science and Technology Museum has a page on Simple Machines (Pulleys and Gears) which includes:

Keep an eye out for simple machines everywhere (the world is your school), like in the playground.

The site also links to some relevant sites on simple machines:

via Yes, They Are All Mine

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Child’s Inventor’s Kit

Posted by freeschool on January 3, 2008

Someone posted a list of things to include in a child’s “Inventor’s Box”, for ages 5 to 10-ish, perfect for unschooling, homeschooling, or a gift:

  • Felt
  • poster board
  • pvc pipes with connector corners
  • hammer
  • nails
  • small saw
  • paint brushes
  • paint
  • rope
  • connector ties large
  • large plastic (heavy gauge)
  • two way sticky tape
  • pop sickle sticks (large size)
  • old pieces of carpet for the “floor/floor board”
  • nuts, bolts, screws, washers
  • tool box: tape measure, screw drivers, plyers,
  • ruler
  • markers
  • pencil
  • drawing paper (maybe graph paper)
  • tool belt
  • 2x2s
  • pieces of plywood but to various sizes
  • clothes pins, pipe cleaners, clips, clamps), springs, hinges
  • wire, wire snips, plastic tubing, pulleys
  • casters
  • propellers
  • pipe cleaners
  • some little motors from the craft store
  • styrofoam for boats
  • clamps and glue
  • Tweezers, safety glasses, magnifying glass, tape measure, hole punch
  • Consumables: plastic or paper cups, empty and washed drink
  • bottles/cartons, foil, wax paper
  • zipties
  • erector set odds and ends
  • little springs (From the hardware store)
  • notebook for idea drawings
  • knobs and dials
  • cardboard? Empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, boxes, etc.
  • Rubber bands? Scissors? String/wires?
  • pieces of craft wood
  • cotton balls
  • duct tape / scotch tape / glue
  • bottle caps
  • wine corks

via Unschooling Resources Yahoo! Group

If you can think of anything else to add, please let me know in the comments.

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