Paper engineering

Discover the kind of engineering involved in designing pop-ups.

One of the most ambitious and far-reaching concepts now being explored by the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies developing new methods in espionage is the micro-aerial vehicle, or MAV—die-cut remote-control robots that fold flat, pop up, and can be assembled. Some of the flying MAVs resemble birds and insects so closely that they can hang out in plain sight, doing surveillance with minimal potential for detection. This activity from the Nat Geo Kids book Try This! Extreme lets you discover the kind of engineering involved in designing those pop-ups—or party decorations!

Try This! Extreme Text Copyright © 2017 Karen Romano Young