High-Tech Windsocks

Why

What high-tech invention is most intriguing? What scientific discovery is truly amazing? Build a replica and discover the details!


Steps

1. 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). Think about international inventions or scientific discoveries that fascinate you. 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.


2. Roll construction paper into a wide cylinder for the diver’s body. Seal the ends together with Crayola® School Glue. Air-dry the glue.


3. 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.


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. 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 so you can hang your windsock indoors. Describe how your choice of technology was invented and how it works to your classmates.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • • Whatever your chosen invention, trace its history. Study how the diving suit and breathing apparatus have changed since they were first invented. Look at some of the original dive suits. It was impossible to move in them! If possible, interview a SCUBA diver and examine the equipment.

  • • Jacques Cousteau said "When you dive you begin to feel like an angel, it’s a liberation of your weight." In some ways, diving is similar to riding in an airplane or space capsule. Compare and contrast the sensations. Write a poem to describe them.

  • • Assessment: Look for accuracy in detail and creativity in using recycled products to make a model that can be deconstructed. Consider how fully the invention was explained to the class.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Twistables®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • string
  • posterboard
  • recycled file folders (optional)
  • recycled plastic lid
  • hook and loop fastener tape
  • recycled gift wrap or paper towel roll

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • • Students identify a major international technical discovery and research its origins and inventor.


  • • Students construct a replica of the invention.


  • • Students present information about the invention to their peers.


Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards