Paper Bridges

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Name of Activity Paper Bridges
Author Amanda Rock and Daniella DiPaola
Keywords bridges, paper, civil
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 3, 4, 5
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Build a bridge out of paper and tape that can cross a one foot span between desks and support as many books as possible. You can modify the restraints to say that it must be free standing or can be taped to the desks, make it as tall as possible, restrict the amount of materials that can be used.
Lesson Objectives: Introduction to sturdy structures and Civil Engineering. You can talk about force and gravity, what shapes are stronger than others, how a piece of paper is stronger in tension than compression, how you can modify the paper to make it stronger.
Materials Needed: Paper/Newspaper, tape
Preparation and Set Up: Make a worksheet where students have a place to make an initial design.
Procedure 1. Talk about learning objectives and what a Civil Engineer does. 2. Pass out worksheets and have students draw their design alone or with their partner. 3. Pass out paper and tape once students have explained their design to you. 4. Lets students build for a while and then test it. 5. If they are successful quickly make modifications like who can make the tallest bridge or give them a little more material to make a stronger bridge.
Extensions: Limit amount of material students can use.
Build the tallest bridge.
Build a bridge that does not need to be taped to the desk.
Introduce other material options.

Paper Airplanes

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Name of Activity Paper Airplanes
Author STOMP
Keywords aerodynamics, airplane, paper, paper airplane
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Teach students about aerodynamics by making paper airplanes.
Lesson Objectives: To learn about aerodynamics.
Materials Needed: Paper that is easy to hold.
Preparation and Set Up: I have made the worksheets- but I drew in diagrams for the students to follow them- you might want to draw them in too.
Procedure Talk about different aspects of aerodynamics.  Make paper air planes. Go crazy.
Extensions: See how adding weight like a paper clip affects the flight of the plane. Let students decorate planes and try different ways to make them. See which planes fly the farthest.
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/k1.doc
Online Reference(s) http://www.10paperairplanes.com/

The 3 R’s

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Name of Activity The 3 R’s
Author STOMP
Keywords reduce, reuse, recycle, paper, impact, environment
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Teach students about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Then take scraps of paper and make a new sheet of paper.
Lesson Objectives: Teach students how to lower their impact on the environment by using the 3 Rs.
Materials Needed: Old scraps of colored paper, sponge, window/nylon screening, wood frame, plastic tub, blender, paper blotters, glitter/leaves/moss/Halloween decorations, deckle, rolling pen, hair dryer/microwave, rags.
Preparation and Set Up: Take window screens and popsicle sticks and make frames with the screens in them. This is to be able to collect the paper pulp from the water tub in “sheet” form.If you have enough materials to make screens for each kid, that would work well since sometimes the paper pulp gets stuck and you have to re-do it.

This activity is messy- towels for the floor might be a good idea.

Try out different speeds on the blender to figure out which one makes the best pulp.

Procedure Go over the 3 Rs with the overhead. The worksheet provides step by step directions for making the paper.  At the end of the overhead doc, there is another worksheet that you can give to students to do after they finish making their paper. Most kids will want to watch the others, though.
Modifications: You don’t really need the hair dryer if you are willing to let the paper dry overnight. Also- the worksheet has a step about putting the paper on felt and using a rolling pin to dry it- don’t do this- it wrecks the paper. Just let it dry on the screen.
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/c.doc
Reference 2 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/d.doc
Reference 3 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/e.doc
Online Reference(s) http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Paper—An-Illustrated-Step-by-Step-Guide

Wind Power

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Name of Activity Wind Power
Author Tufts STOMP
Keywords wind power, windmills, wind, LEGOs, pinwheels, straws, paper, brads
Subject NXTs, Non-LEGO
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Teach students about wind power, how windmills work, Cape Wind, etc. Then get the students to build windmills with Legos or make pinwheels with straws, paper, and brads.
Lesson Objectives: To learn about wind power, how windmills work, Cape Wind, etc., then to get the students to build windmills with LEGOs or make pinwheels with straws, paper, and brads.
Materials Needed: LEGOs or fan to act as wind (or you can breathe on them), wooden skewer, paper fastener (brad), construction paper, bendy straw
Preparation and Set Up: Use the overhead sheet to explain how wind power works. Then use the worksheet to get students to plan their windmill designs.
Procedure See attachment.
Extensions: If using Legos- the extension can be to make the windmill work with a motor. For classes using RCX or NXT, the windmill can have parameters for rpm.
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/j.doc
Reference 2 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/k.doc
Online Reference(s) http://www.ezonemag.net/wind/worksheets/make_a_wind_turbine.pdf - link to the activity/directions for making pinwheels

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