Things You'll Need
- White spray paint
- 5-inch square box
- 3-inch square box
- 6-inch square cardboard
- 5 drinking straws, 7 3/4-inch
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
The lunar module was specifically built for the Apollo space missions. There were 14 different lunar modules created during the Apollo mission, some that never reached space. According to The Franklin Institute, the first lunar module was unique in that it was the first craft built specifically for “extra-terrestrial operation,” while being controlled by a human being. If you want to help you child understand the significance of the lunar modules after reading about them or for a school project, recreate the basic module using boxes and drinking straws.
Spray the surface of a 5-inch square box using white spray paint. Spray the surface of a 3-inch square box, five standard 7 3/4-inch drinking straws and a 6-inch square piece of cardboard with white spray paint, as well. Let the paint dry overnight.
Place the 6-inch piece of cardboard on top of the 5-inch box. Center it on the box so 1 inch sticks out on either side. Apply hot glue to the top of the 5-inch box and press the cardboard on it to secure it.
Center the 3-inch box on top of the cardboard piece. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the smaller box and press it to the top of the cardboard to secure the two together. Let the glue dry for three to five minutes.
Cut one of the drinking straws into four 1 1/2-inch pieces. Discard the excess.
Bend the other four straws in half in the center. Put one of the 1 1/2-inch pieces in between the bent sides of each straw. Apply hot glue to the end of the 1 1/2-inch straws and place the glued ends against the bent straw. Position the straw piece 1 inch up from the ends of the bent straw, creating an A shape.
Apply hot glue to the top point of each straw A. Press the glued points of the 6-inch cardboard pieces. Apply hot glue to the edge of the straw A legs where they touch the 5-inch box.
Look at craft stores for the boxes. If you cannot find boxes in cardboard or wood construction, make your own using pieces of wood and wood glue.
Let all hot glue dry for three to five minutes after application.
If desired, use other paint colors to represent different modules.
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