Rubber Band Engineer

Author: Lance Akiyama
Publisher:
ISBN: 1631591045
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Create projects and projectiles that will fly, float, launch, or roll on their own power with Rubber Band Engineer! So many of the world's most inventive minds, from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs, were lifelong tinkerers. Their joy in the process is evident in the originality of their work. Maybe that's why so many adults never lose their fondness for the inventive toys they made as kids -- tinkering was fun, and still is, so why stop? Author and Engineer Lance Akiyama shows you how to create twenty-five gadgets of his own design. Most are propelled by rubber bands, while some use levers or gravity for thrust. The combination of simplicity and creativity while using ordinary objects makes these projects so extraordinary! With a wide range of project types, this book takes you beyond the basic rubber band launcher. Let your imagination fly and create the rubber band project of your dreams! Follow the step-by-step guide with suggestions for alternative designs, materials, and third party resources for parts such as propellers and wheels. The possibilities are endless! Rubber Band Engineer is packed with full-color illustrations and will make the perfect gift for any kid or kid at heart.

Duct Tape Engineer

Author: Lance Akiyama
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
ISBN: 1631593862
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In Duct Tape Engineer, hands-on educator, master tinkerer, and author of Rubber Band Engineer, Lance Akiyama will show you how to design, sculpt, and build backpacks, kayaks, catapults, and queen-size beds out of duct tape in your own backyard. These fourteen projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun, and include advice on solid construction techniques and even weather proofing. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer will make the perfect gift for any kid or kid at heart.

The Flying Machine Book

Author: Bobby Mercer
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613740891
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Shows readers how to turn rubber bands, paper clips, straws, plastic bottles, and index cards into amazing, gravity-defying flyers. Each project contains a material list and detailed step-by-step instructions with photos. Mercer also includes explanations of the science behind each flyer, including concepts such as lift, thrust, and drag, the Bernoulli effect, and more"--

Stomp Rockets Catapults and Kaleidoscopes

Author: Curt Gabrielson
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613742967
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Kids will learn how things they encounter every day operate by building their own models with this hands-on activity book. Projects include building a working model of the human hand's muscles, bones, and tendons using drinking straws, tape, and string; using a pair of two-liter bottles and a length of rubber tubing to learn how a toilet flushes; and discovering how musical instruments make sounds by fashioning a harmonica, saxophone, drum, flute, or oboe. All devices are designed to use recycled or nearly free materials and common tools. Kids are encouraged to modify and improve the designs, or create an entirely new device using the concepts explored. Each project includes materials and tools lists, step-by-step instructions with photographs, a summary of the science concept demonstrated, and follow-up questions to gauge student understanding for use in the classroom.

Experience Building the Rotarymek 10x Rubber Band Machine Gun

Author: Julian Lyndon Marsh
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781477656723
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This is the definitive guide book for building the RotaryMek-10X rubber band machine gun, one of the world's most advanced rubber band gun designs! To see a video demonstration of the gun and a preview of the book, look on the web for a video of the same title. Building the RotaryMek-10X is a complex, time-consuming woodworking project. Although successful completion of this project does not require particularly sophisticated woodworking techniques, the builder will need to have access to and be able to skillfully use a number of different tools, including a drill press, band saw, and computer-based scanner and printer. The end result of this project is a rubber band gun unlike any other, a truly fully automatic, rapid-firing, rubber band machine gun! In a manner analogous to a real machine gun, the mechanism of the RotaryMek-10X is driven by energy derived from the same source as that which propels the projectiles--the elastic potential energy of the stretched rubber band ammunition loaded onto the gun. There's no crank, no motor... just a trigger and a can of whoop-ass! If properly constructed from high-quality materials, the RotaryMek-10X can be loaded with as many as seventy size 33 rubber bands at one time. The gun develops an extremely high rate of fire (think of a Minigun), but it also has a responsive trigger system, allowing an operator to choose between firing many short bursts or just letting rip, "fire-hose-style." Please note that this project calls for the use of US-standard dimensional lumber as well as two different sizes of US-standard PVC plumbing pipe. Prospective builders outside the United States might first want to check the availability of the needed materials before committing to the project.

Amazing Rubber Band Cars

Author: Mike Rigsby
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613741170
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Combining fun and interactive activities, this guide will have kids captivated for hours constructing fantastic racing cars with the basics of only rubber bands, cardboard, and glue. These simple instructions with templates allow budding engineers to gain hands-on experience as they learn not only how to build a basic racer, but how to make modifications such as aluminum foil axle bearings, steering mechanisms, hinges, cam shafts, and wheels made out of old CDs. This helpful resource has step-by-step instructions for making a basic rubber-band model, a railroad push-car, and a high-speed racer. Other unique projects include Oscar the Laughing Clown, which has a jaw mechanism that opens and closes when it moves, and Spot the Dog, which has a moving tail. Children can even learn how to build a rubber band car big enough for a human. Exploring wheels, bearings, and friction, kids will learn not only how to make speedy racers but also the science that makes the process work.

Tinkering

Author: Curt Gabrielson
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc.
ISBN: 1680450344
Format: PDF, Mobi
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How can you consistently pull off hands-on tinkering with kids? How do you deal with questions that you can't answer? How do you know if tinkering kids are learning anything or not? Is there a line between fooling around with real stuff and learning? The idea of learning through tinkering is not so radical. From the dawn of time, whenever humanity has wanted to know more, we have achieved it most effectively by getting our hands dirty and making careful observations of real stuff. Make: Tinkering (Kids Learn by Making Stuff) lets you discover how, why--and even what it is--to tinker and tinker well. Author Curt Gabrielson draws on more than 20 years of experience doing hands-on science to facilitate tinkering: learning science while fooling around with real things. This book shows you how to make: A drum set from plastic bottles, tape, and shrink-wrap Magnetic toys that dance, sway, and amaze Catapults, ball launchers, and table-top basketball A battery-powered magic wand and a steadiness game (don't touch the sides!) Chemical reactions with household items Models of bones and tendons that work like real arms and ankles Spin art machine and a hovercraft from a paper plate! Lifelong learners hungry for their next genuine experience

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2

Author: John Austin
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569769516
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Culling common household items to create an uncommon arsenal of miniature gadgets and sidearms, this guidebook provides do-it-yourself spy enthusiasts with 35 different surveillance tools and weapons. From a mini-catapult in a breath-mint tin to milk-jug cap blow-dart wristwatches, this handbook details how to achieve clandestine ends practically and inexpensively. In addition to creating weapons such as periscopes, bionic ears, and grappling hooks, spies-to-be will find ideas on how to hide their stash—a deck of cards, a false-bottom soda bottle, or a cereal box-brief case—and tips for target practice. Clear diagrams and instructions make construction simple, while easy-to-follow safety tips help ensure DIY builders avoid injuries. Projects include a paper throwing star, a bowler hat launcher, and a Q-pick blow gun.

Soda Pop Rockets

Author: Paul Jarvis
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1556524854
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Anyone can recycle a plastic bottle by tossing it into a bin, but it takes a bit of skill to propel it into that bin from 500 feet away. Skill, and a copy of Soda-Pop Rockets. Author and engineer Paul Jarvis has designed 20 different easy-to-launch rockets that can be built from discarded plastic drink bottles. After learning how to construct and fly a basic model, readers will find out new ways to modify and improve their designs, including built-on fins, nosecones, and parachutes that enable a rocket to float safely back to earth. More complex designs include two-, three-, and five-bottle rockets, gliding rockets, long-tail rockets, cluster rockets, whistling rockets, ring-finned rockets, and a jumbo version made from a five-gallon water-cooler tank. Clear, step-by-step instructions with full-color illustrations accompany each project, including how to build a launch pad, along with photographs of the author firing his creations into the sky. For those determined to find an educational benefit to their tinkering, these rockets are a clear demonstration of Newton's Third Law. Soda-bottle rockets can even be used as science fair projects by budding engineers. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to build them, but who knows what career path you'll take after you do?