Beginner Wands and Next Level

The students of 771K at 236 in Mill Basin Brooklyn enjoyed using the 3Doodler to make bubble wands. One student made all four on the beginner’s sheet:

Then the class teacher took her turn: she made a next-level pony wand!

Bubbles in a Row

All lined up, and floating on air.

Great Idea for February 14

Bubble wand in the shape of a heart!

More Than One Wand

To make a wand, or to not make a wand…

771k Makes Wands

Colorful bubble wands, handcrafted by students.

I Wonder…

Word is getting around and the wands are starting to wander! (No? You think of a better ‘wand’ pun then.)

Here are some photographs of 277Q at 311 students creating 3D printed plastic bubble wands. The templates helped.

One Word

A classic, right?

And here is another classic: Adventures with Plastics, by Louis V. Newkirk, Ph.D., copyright 1947.

It seems that making bubble wands out of plastic is not a new idea. Dr. Newkirk’s book has a page dedicated to the art (and craft) of making “bubble rings” out of acrylic plastic. His method entails the use of a clamp, coping saw, plane, scraper, sand paper, dowels, and heat gun. No problem, I will just get them out of the closet.

Need bubble juice? You can make your own solution using glycerine mixed with sulphurated petroleum (MP-189), manufactured (back in the day) by the Du Pont chemical company

Bubble Solution Recipe

This book was originally housed in the Stuyvesant High School library, where it had an impressive run of over fifty check-outs between 1950 and 1982, the last by Patricia O’Conna (?) in 1982.

Enjoy a glimpse inside the world of 1940’s plastics.

Have Pens, Will Travel

I took my “pen and plastics” show on the road, this time to my alma mater, as it were, my “COVID-deployment” school. I am referring to 396K, where I taught science to developmentally-disabled k-4 graders — in person, during the “everyone-else-stayed-at-home” COVID year of 2020-2021.

I was welcomed with open arms and good wishes by the staff and students I knew from the previous year.

Here are students making bubble wands and more.

Wand Designs

Making Sonic

Using the 3Doodler printing pen

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