In the last two weeks, I have managed to gather most, if not all, of my supplies. These include glass rocks for eyeballs, flour for the mixture, and cardboard to make the frame for the body. I have also begun tearing the newspaper, which will be used to cover the model, into small strips. While doing this, I have found that tearing multiple papers at once works better than doing them one at a time. It also makes the edges imperfect, which, for paper mache, is perfect. The imperfections make the paper adhere better. While I haven’t done much, at least I am getting somewhere.
For my Genius Hour project, I decided to make a paper mache hammerhead shark. One of the reasons I did this is because I have never done paper mache before, and I believe it will be an exciting learning experience. Another reason I chose this project is because I want to become a marine biologist, so a shark, or other water dweller, would be perfect for me. So far, I have begun the research on how to do a paper mache model. I have also started researching physical details on my shark, so I know how it should turn out in the end. To do my project, I will need to know the texture of the skin, the shape of the body, and how to apply them all to a small model.
3D printing works through a process called additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing is the process of making an object layer by layer. There are three main ways to do this. One way is to use a chemical that turns solid when a certain light hits it. This light will usually be a UV light. Another way to do this is to use a molten liquid that turns solid when ejected from the printer head. This liquid could be ink chocolate or even cheese. A final method is to use a powdered material that is either glued or heated to fuse the powders. 3D printing is an amazing invention that I believe could change the world.