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Zig Zag Bopper

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Zig Zag Bopper

In this activity, learners build a machine made of craft sticks to multiply the levering motion of their hands and create a device that bends and extends. Learners can decorate a pom pom creature at the end that also acts a safety cover for the last pushpin. Use this activity to introduce learners to simple machines, specifically the lever, and how they help us do work. This activity requires the use of a drill; adult supervision recommended.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 Hot glue stick
  • 1 Pompom
  • 2 Eyes
  • 10 popsicle sticks
  • 13 pushpins
  • Drill with 1/8" bit
  • Simple jig to hold popsicle sticks while drilling
  • Scissors or utility knife


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Momentum and Velocity
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop


  • All Rights Reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, ©2011


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