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Old 02-01-2018, 03:51 PM
 
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I'm looking for some ideas on projects for my two girls 8 and 11. The most recent one is that we built a flashlight from scratch. The projects can be art, engineering, or some sort of creativity that is hands on!
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Old 02-01-2018, 04:26 PM
 
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Get an old car engine and rebuild it.

There used to be electronics kits where you could make a radio, a broadcasting station, telegraph and the like.

Building kits like Panels and girders, Lincoln Logs or even tinker toys or Legos.

Buy the parts and build a computer together. It is not that hard and is a nice modern project.

When I was a kid I used to make explosives in a lab in my basement. It was fun until I blew up my brother's darkroom. We also experiment with making tar come out of cigarettes, that certinaly prevented anyone who saw it form smoking ever. Distilling was fun too. Get them a chem lab.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:46 PM
 
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Arduino's or Rasberry Pi's? Build a 3D printer? Build a drone? Rebuild an old small block ford?


Right now my 5 year old boys are big into lego's. I'm an engineer by trade so I'm definitely looking forward to activities we can do when they get older.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:09 PM
 
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Build a Rube Goldberg machine.
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Old 02-02-2018, 09:00 AM
 
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Build a hybrid rocket engine from whip cream N2O canisters. Blow down the N2O over your choice of fuel. Don't forget to fashion some sort of De Laval nozzle after the combustion chamber or the flow is just going to stay subsonic and you'll have made a pretty cool--but underperforming--torch. You can use spent Estes solid rocket motors as your combustion chamber. Just stand back when you hotfire/launch because they're not meant to be re-used and the casing could fail. It's composite/(cardboard) so you won't create deadly shrapnel if it blows up, but you wouldn't want to be close.
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Old 02-02-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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I'm looking for some ideas on projects for my two girls 8 and 11. The most recent one is that we built a flashlight from scratch. The projects can be art, engineering, or some sort of creativity that is hands on!
Find a makerspace. Let them figure out what they want to build.
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:56 PM
 
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It'll be March soon - how about home made kites? Make several and see which fly better.

You can find lots of kite ideas on the internet.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:51 AM
 
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Well if you are already working with electrics like torches you could move on to anything with moving parts. Because if she takes an interest in that - then it starts to open up the whole world of "Robot wars" to you which can inspire some seriously creative engineering projects.

Also look up the you tube channel DONG - specifically the video about "The Leading Tower of Lire". This is a fun project to do with children. Or on the you tube channel "Smarter every day" look at the video about "Why do dogs tilt their heads". This is a fun little project to do with kids and a blindfold - which teaches them a lot about how ears and hearing work.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:52 AM
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Simple coding, app, and harmonics using liquids.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:18 PM
 
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Do your girls a favor. Teach them some of the simpler upkeep things around the house like how to change out a faucet or replace an electrical outlet or ceiling fan and how to use a power drill or powered saw. Those lessons will help them in engineering and in life.
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