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The inventor of the snowmobile, a French Canadian named Bombardier, inspires creativity! Construct inventions with recycled materials.
Ask students what they think was going on in the mind of 15-year-old Joseph-Armand Bombardier that inspired him to combine a sled, wooden propeller, and an engine from a Model T Ford? In the early 1920s, he put these parts together to make a vehicle that could travel quickly over snow. A French Canadian, Bombardier lived in the country, where there were no snowploughs. To go anywhere in winter, people had to take a horse-drawn sleigh or walk in snowshoes. So Bombardier knew first-hand that there was a great need for fast, snowy transport.
The first auto-neige (snowmobile) was an experiment. Afterwards, Armand took various jobs and courses to learn more to make his invention a success. Students research all the different components that Bombardier invented to make his snowmobile able to move forward and backward over the snow. These include a sprocket wheel track system with belts and ski runners.
Discuss with the class what prompts people to invent things. Is it luck? A strong need? What role does location play? Students research the origins of some inventions that they think are important.
With Crayola® Colored Pencils, students write down notes about things that they believe need to be invented. Draft a rough sketch of the invention. Students collect recycled and collage materials such as boxes, cardboard rolls, and buttons.
Students use Crayola School Glue and Scissors to transform these recycled items into a model of their invention. Students should make working parts if possible and show as many details as they can. Dry.
Cover the area with recycled newspaper. Students paint sections of their invention with Crayola Tempera Paint. Dry.
Students highlight parts of the invention with Crayola Gel Markers.
Students stage an exhibition or give a presentation of their invention. Describe why they invented it, how it works, and what it does.
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