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Airbag bang Poem

by Jasmine, 5 December 2019 | 0 comments

Inflated airbag and manequin

Written by Celia Berrell A small steel ball in a short smooth tube held in place by a spring, is the kind of switch that works in a twitch and starts an exploding thing.

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Tension tower Activity

by David, 28 November 2019 | 0 comments

Pipeleaner and string construction.

String is floppy, so it’s usually a terrible thing to build a tower from. But this tower uses tension and string to hold itself strong!

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Paper plane designs Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 1 comments

The year is beginning to wrap up, and the summer holidays are in sight. Now is the perfect time to brush up on your paper plane skills! We’ve collected a few quick and easy designs for you to try, from a looping master to a super-fast dart with a twist.

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Backwards triangle dart Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 0 comments

A pink paper plane with two sets of wings

This paper plane flies quite a bit like a regular dart. But its striking looks make it much more fun. Plus, you get two pairs of wings – front and back – that you can modify!

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Nakamura lock plane Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 0 comments

A blue paper plane with a stubby nose

This is a fun design to experiment with! You can give the plane bigger wings to float more, or fold over the front edge to make the nose heavier. Make a few adjustments and see which modifications work the best.

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Loop plane Activity

by David, 14 November 2019 | 0 comments

A green paper plane with very wide wings

This paper plane isn’t very fast, but with practice and adjustment, you can make it do loops!

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How green is a flying car? News

by David, 16 August 2019 | 0 comments

Artists impression of a flying car above a city scape.

People have been dreaming of flying cars for more than a century, and they’re almost here. There are plans to test a flying taxi from Melbourne airport as soon as next year. Flying cars are quick and oh-so-cool, but are they good for the planet?

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How to fly without moving News

by David, 6 December 2018 | 2 comments

Futuristic glider plane with blue wings.

If you want to fly, you’ve got to move, right? Birds flap, propellers whirr, and if you’ve ever watched the spiral painted on the middle of a jet engine, you’ll know they spin too. But recently, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States created a plane with no moving parts at all.

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An annoying thing! Activity

by David, 20 September 2018 | 0 comments

A wire and rubber band contraption that is being wound up.

Do you like to prank your friends and family? Give this little contraption a go. It’s the perfect thing to make someone jump, without causing any harm.

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Shrinking plastic Activity

by David, 14 June 2018 | 2 comments

Image of a tiny giraffe held between someones fingers.

Have you ever wanted to draw really small pictures? Here’s a trick – you can just draw normal sized ones, and then use some special plastic to shrink them!

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