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How To: Construct a mousetrap car

In this tutorial, we learn how to construct a mouse trap car. You will need: wood, string, wood glue, duct tape, scissors, markers, a mousetrap, wheels, and a drill to do this. To start, you will lift the mousetrap up and tape duct tape around it along with a long stick. Then, tape this to a piece of wood. From here, you will glue together two sticks and then put wheels on the top and bottom of it. Next, you will lay the mousetrap on top of this and then push it. Then it will roll away! You c...

How To: Make Nerf foam darts fly

Want more firepower for your Nerf guns? Here's an instructional video that shows a simple mod to make your foam darts fly! Increase their range by 25%. Watch this video tutorial and improve your game playing, but please, use caution!

How To: Build a spy periscope

This video is to show you how to construct a super cool spy gadget! You'll need some toilet paper tubes, tape, scissors, glue and an old CD. Then, just like that you'll be able to make home made spy gear in no time.

How To: Make a nut and bolt keychain

Project 4 of the Popular Science 5 Minute Projects with Craftsmen Tools is a Nut-and-Bolt Keychain. Downsize your pocket cargo with a custom-fit keychain. Editor Sean Captain ditches the ring and uses more tool than necessary to trim a small bolt to just the right size for his set of keys. (For a slightly different take on the project, see the site that inspired us: carlitoscontraptions.blogspot.com).

How To: Build a LEGO arm chair

Learn how to make a LEGO Armchair with this video tutorial. You will need 4 1x2 flats, 1 2x2 flat, 1 2x2 flat smooth, 2 1x3 chunkies, 1 1x4 flat, 2 2x3 flats, 1 1x2 chunky, 2 curved 2x1 angle bricks, and 3 1x2 flat smooths. Take the four dots and take 1 1x2 flat and place it on top of one of the studs. Take the other flat and do the same. With the 1x4 flat, place it on top of the remaining two black studs. Take your 2 2x3 flats and take the 1x4 with the studs on the top and put them together ...

How To: Modify your laser pointer

In this video, learn how to modify your laser pointer to make fun, new shapes. This video will show you how to make an extremely cool new toy and impress everyone. Imagine what your class reaction will be when you start pointing to things with a funky shape instead of a typical pointer. Laser pointers are great for presentations, cat toys and just general fun. Why not modify yours and make it your own?

How To: Build a LEGO stroller

In this video you will learn how to build a LEGO stroller. The materials you will need are 4 of the small slanted bricks, one two by four thin brick, 3 two by 1 thick bricks, 2 one by one thin bricks, 2 one by one by four studded bricks, a small smooth brick, two odd angled smoothed bricks, 4 wheels, one one by two with dot in center bricks, and one one by two handle bricks. Then after carefully assembling the bricks as shown he will show you a example of what it will look like when you're fi...

How To: Make an animatronic hand

Ever feel like you don't have enough hands? Build a third one! You will need a 3 foot aluminum rod, a piece of 2 inch by 4 inch wood, a 25 pack of 1/8 in by 2 inch toggle bolts, #6 by 1/2 inch metal screws, an electric drill, drill bits, 14 inch cable ties, and a hacksaw or chop saw. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to build an animatronic robot hand.

How To: Modify your Nerf Iron Man Magstrike clip

See how to mod your Nerf Magstrike clip to make it shoot faster and farther then normal. All you need to do is cut the out the x-shaped air restrictors out of the clip to allow more air to shoot into the darts, making them fly faster than ever. Your Nerf gun will be the best on the block.

How To: Make a Lego crossbow

The girl in this video demonstrates the way of making a LEGO crossbow at home. She first shows you what all pieces that you require for the process. Then she asks you pick up the rod-shaped piece and stick it to the back of the spark piece. Then you have to put the two tiny pieces together as shown by her. Then she asks you to attach this piece to the stick and push it all the way to the end touching the spark piece. Then you have to stick the two horn-shaped pieces to the sides of another pi...

How To: Build your K'NEX Pirate Ship Park

K'NEX is one of the most popular construction toys on the market, right next to Lincoln Logs and LEGOs, but what makes K'NEX stand out is the fact that children can build mechanically derived toys. Instead of blocks or little logs, kids use interconnecting plastic rods and connectors, which give them tons of contraptions to build and play with. Today, K NEX has even more possibilities with wheels, pulleys, panels and flexi-rods to make amusement park roller coasters, airplanes, animals, bikes...

How To: Build a LEGO desk

This video is about making a LEGO desk, which is used for placing computers. The video shows the first step by taking few pieces of wood and making into pieces. Then two of the pieces are placed one over the other and placed in the left side and the other single piece is placed on the right side. Another piece is placed on the top of the pieces placed in left and right positions. After everything is placed it gives the perfect shape of a computer desk and a toy computer is also placed on the ...

How To: Cut with a utility knife safely

This is an instructional video featuring Doug Prime, founder of the Future Engineers Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A utility or razor blade knife is good to cut soft and thin material like cardboard or styrofoam. Cover work surface with scrap. Stand when cutting to be safe. Don't cut like an exacto knife. Be gentle and don't go through the first time.

How To: Make a homemade stirling engine

Are you looking to build a cool home science experiement? Why not try out a Stirling engine? Wait, what IS a stirling engine? Well... a Stirling engine is a heat engine operating by cyclic compression and expansion of air or other gas, the working fluid, at different temperature levels such that there is a net conversion of heat energy to mechanical work. This project was made from parts around the house and you should be able to do the same. This is a great project to explain how gears work,...

How To: Make a basic rubber band car

To make a rubber band car you will need one sheet of card stock, four paper clips, two binder clips, one plastic straw, 8 inches of dowel that fits into the straw, two pencils and one rubber band. You will also need four CDs or round pies of cardboard, tape, a ruler and a marking pen. First, unfold the paper clips. Then fold the card stock and attach the paper clips. Cut squares out of the card stock. Then, cut the straw. Attach it to the card stock. Affix the pencils to the card stock with h...