Wire coat hangers without clothing to hang are just plain closet clutter, but coat hangers in the hands of a 5th grader with some wire cutters and pliers are one of the most exciting design materials we can imagine! Today we learned how to cut though steel while keeping our fingers attached to our hands. It was not easy work, but with some leverage we were able to cut away the bent bits of a wire coat hanger and go after the prize - the straight steel rod on the bottom. This steel oyster of a part can be used to form the chassis of so many projects.
Today we looked at the feasibility of building a 4WD garden rover. If you look closely in the picture you can see that the chassis is actually just one contiguous section of wire coat hanger. If you have not built something in a while, do yourself a favor. Open that tool box, and take out a pair of wire cutters and pliers. Then go to work on a wire coat hanger.
We will happily accept your donation of wire coat hangers at St. Raymond, but before you give them up click here: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/wire-hangers/