Last evening my oldest son started working on a project for his 9th grade biology class, the project involved creating a 3D model of a strand of DNA. The original concept was to create the model with toothpicks and marshmallows and it became apparent that those materials would only result in an unstable sticky mess. A second plan was developed based on materials we had on hand; craft sticks, utility wire, foam sheets and hot glue. The project came together quickly and the end result was clean, colorful and neat.
Over the years I have helped my boys with many school projects, something I enjoy and consider one of the rewards of parenthood. Anyway, for the past several years I have had the idea in the back of my mind that papier mache would be a great medium to create educational and museum models such as huge molecules, cells, organs and even life sized skeletons. Imagine a full scale Triceratops made from mache, it’s enough to give me chills.
Maybe this year I will make time to create a few educational pieces, if nothing else they would make a nice donation to the science department of our public schools.