Rope Making

Jump ropes, dock lines, cables. The science and technology behind rope making is the focus of a seven-page packet that ends with a rope making challenge.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Label the parts of the rope-making device, project the images, and use them as illustrations during the model making process
  • Collect samples of various types of ropes to use as models


Classroom Considerations

  • The activity requires extensive materials and preparation time
  • The directions are, at times, hard to follow; therefore, in order to be prepared for student questions, prior to using the activity in the classroom, instructors should attempt the exercise and create their own samples

  • The packet also includes information on the history of rope making, rope-making machines, and the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of materials used to create ropes

  • The directions and explanations for the rope making challenge are at times, difficult to understand