Schmaker Activity #3

As the summer draws to a close, I am proposing one last Schmaker activity. If you weren’t able to get into Schmaking this summer, don’t fret– there will be more opportunities for this sort of work throughout the year. This blog will be a hub of maker ideas, information, and inspiration, so please bookmark it and check back regularly.

For this third activity, I would like for us to focus on building and documentation. As we create anything, whether it’s a piece of art or a proof for a math problem, we are working through a process to arrive at the final result. Sometimes, we are so focused on the end result that we forget to appreciate the process that got us there. The best way to appreciate this process is to document it. Capture those moments between idea and product.

Your goal for the third activity is to build a flying paper tube. This is similar to a  paper airplane, but different enough that I’m hoping no one has built this yet 🙂 If you aren’t sure how to make a flying tube from paper, there are hundreds of resources on the internet to help you. You can also ask friends or family for advice or assistance. Talk to a librarian if your research isn’t fruitful. You could even take the hard route and just build a bunch of test models until one works 🙂

However you decide to approach this, you must document your process. Take photos or videos; write a blog entry; take notes; make sketches–whatever suits your documentation style! When you’re finished, email me all of your documentation and a final video or photo of your finished tube. I’ll post it all to the blog.

Have fun and get Schmaking!


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