Magazine article The Elementary STEM Journal

Tech to Go: Fasteners

Magazine article The Elementary STEM Journal

Tech to Go: Fasteners

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Many of these projects result in the use of massive amounts of glue or tape as temporary fasteners. This Tech to Go is designed to encourage the reader to consider teaching the students about other types of temporary or permanent fasteners. Almost any commercial project includes an array of temporary and permanent fasteners. The automobile uses spot welding fasteners to assemble the car body and bolts to assemble the engine. Meanwhile, a plastic toy uses metal screws to hold the battery cover in place while rivets secure the two halves of the toy together. The figures here illustrate some common temporary fastening techniques that can be utilized with student projects in the elementary classroom. Figure 1 (page 22) illustrates a spring fastener that allows for movement, as in a bobblehead figure. Meanwhile, Figure 2 (page 22) illustrates how a wooden dowel rod can be used as both a fastener and an axle. …

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