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What high-tech invention is most intriguing? What scientific discovery is truly amazing? Build a replica and discover the details!
When Jacques-Yves Cousteau was young he wanted to swim underwater like a fish. His dream came true when he perfected the aqua lung (SCUBA-diving gear). Students think about international inventions or scientific discoveries that are fascinating to them. Choose one to research. Then make an imaginative windsock model of the invention. Show the invention steps or components of the technology. Here is how we made Cousteau’s aqua lung.
Roll construction paper into a wide cylinder for the diver’s body. Seal the ends together with Crayola® School Glue. Air-dry the glue.
Make air tanks by decorating two short cardboard tubes with Crayola Markers. Attach the tanks to the body with self-stick hook and loop fastener tape so you can take the system apart when you explain how it works.
On posterboard or a recycled file folder, draw a swimmer’s legs, arms, face, and swimsuit with Crayola Twistables or Markers. Complete your diver by drawing a face, swim fins, and hands. Cut out the parts with Crayola Scissors. Glue them on the body.
Use recycled items or craft materials to finish the underwater breathing apparatus. Tie a yogurt lid (diving mask) with string or black yarn around the diver’s head. Make the air regulator with a bottle cap. Attach it to your diver’s chest with hook and loop fastener tape. Connect the regulator to a paper mouthpiece. Connect the mouthpiece to the tanks on the diver’s back with string. Attach them with more hook and loop fastener tape.
Draw and cut several fish from posterboard or recycled file folders. Punch holes in them and attach them with string so they dangle from the diver. Punch another hole in the diver’s head to hang the windsock indoors. Students describe how their choice of technology was invented and how it works to the class.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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