Movie: Making a butterfly friction climber

Dave Sheridan from Science Communication shows you how to make a butterfly friction climber.

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Brendan Atkins
David Sheridan


Hi, my name’s David Sheridan and I work in the Australian Museum in the Science Communication department. Today I'm going to show you how to make your very own Orchard Butterfly friction climber.

You will need a copy of the spring edition of Explore magazine, scissors, plastic drinking straws, one metre of string, colouring-in pencils or textas, some sticky tape and some cardboard.

The first thing you’ll need to do is colour in your Orchard Butterfly, cut it out and stick it to the cardboard, then cut around the edge of the wings. Turn it over and attach the drinking straws to the back. You then need to get your metre of string and thread it through the tubes.

Tie a knot at the top end of the string. Once you’ve secured your string to a hook or a doorknob, you can then play with your Orchard Butterfly friction climber.

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