Make Pooter

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In this activity, learners will explore engineering to construct an insect collecting tool (insect aspirator). The pooter uses suction to safely collect smaller insects that nets miss or may injure. Includes templates, step by step instructions with video and a "What's going on" section relating the activity to the natural world. Requires some scissor use and a single hole puncher.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Small clear container with lid (souffle cup is great)
  • One straw (paper preferred)
  • Single hole puncher
  • Tape & scissors
  • Small piece of cloth (cheese cloth or any sheer, thin, stretchy fabric)
  • Rice grains or small beads


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Citizen Science
  • Collecting
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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