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Kaleidoscope

Check out our latest Howtoon, Kaleidoscope. A kaleidoscope is an instrument that enables the viewer to see beautiful shapes and colors through the reflection of mirrors. The term kaleidoscope was first coined by Sir David Brewster in 1817 and is derived from Ancient Greece: Kalos means beauty, Edios means form, and scope means to look.

A Kaleidoscope is a cylinder with typically 3 mirrors placed inside at a 600 angle to form a triangle. When colored objects (glass or beads) are placed into the cylinder they multiply with the reflection of the mirrors creating beautiful symmetrical patterns.

Enjoy these beautiful forms!

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Introducing Gami-Bots!

We can all agree that robots are awesome, but building them can be a daunting task. Check out this simple origami robot made from a vibration motor, business card, 3v cell battery, and tape. It is so easy it practically builds itself.

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Make An Abacus, The World’s First Tablet!

Long before written numbers existed, the Abacus was invented to help merchants count and calculate the cost of goods.  If you need to count large quantities (higher than 10 fingers), try making an Abacus out of a shoebox, BBQ skewers, and two different colored beads. It is the world’s first tablet!

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Color Racer

Here is a simple game to help you with your primary and secondary colors.  Howtooners… start your engines!

 

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Summer Games

“Games lubricate the body and mind” -Ben Franklin.  Check out our latest Howtoon, Summer Games, and enjoy staying cool this summer!

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