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Simple Pop-Up Mechanisms


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Simple Pop-Up Mechanisms

In this activity, learners construct three quick and simple mechanisms to start building a pop-up book. Learners fold, cut, and glue paper to make a bird beak, parallelogram, and V-fold. This resource includes books and online references with more complicated pop-up mechanisms.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Cardstock or other heavy paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen with no ink or other scoring object (optional)
  • Colored paper (optional)
  • Writing tools and materials for decorations (optional)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Yu, Julie

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2009

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0610238
  • National Science Foundation, 0925383

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