Dear Amy: Can you give me some websites to find out how to make a volcano and build a jet pack? — Keyon, Moncks Corner, S.C.
Dear Keyon: I have always been fascinated by volcanoes, like many kids. It would be so cool to see one erupt – from a safe distance, of course. Since real eruptions can be dangerous, making your own model volcano is the next best thing. You can find great instructions for how to build a volcano at www.stormthecastle.com/how-to-make-a/how-to-make-a-volcano.htm. If you prefer instructions in video format, check out www.mahalo.com/how-to-make-a-model-volcano. Whether you choose dough, papier-mâché or plaster of paris, this project is a fun way to get your hands dirty.
As for the jet pack, they're pretty popular in science fiction, and some people assumed we would all be flying around with them by now. Real jet packs do exist but are hard to come by, since they cost over $200,000, and they're too complicated to make at home.
If you want to learn how real jet packs work, visit http://science.howstuff
works.com/transport/engines-equipment/jet-pack.htm. You can dream!
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