Can you guys give me some basic, geeky and fun paperfract ideas? The kids are between 14 and 16 years old.
They're more clever around that age than you might think. My thirteen year-old son was grounded last week for SSHing into our unsecured home server and escalating his privileges.
Rather than snooping around for papercraft ideas for a beginner 14-16 year old, look for papercraft ideas that you'd start with for yourself. Keen little buggers will probably figure it out almost immediately.
Around that age I started designing paper models. Compass, protractor, ruler and the intelligence to use Geometry, but that was the 1980's. But my case is special, today I'm a hydraulic and gear-drive engineer with a Masters degree.
Just download anything boxy, but the characters have to be from major commercial franchises or the kids won't care.
I started designing paper models when i was 6 years old. All freehand, but that was the 1990's, my case is special, I'm special.
Instruments like compass, protractor, ruler are for weak of mind and wannabe engineers.
I work with children as well and we spend a lot of the day crafting. I'd like to throw in some origami/papercraft into the rotation but it needs to be a fair bit simpler than that, the children I work with are 5-10 years old and a lot of the younger ones haven't grasped yet how to fold something in thirds instead of in halves. I'm trying to find things they can make (mostly) themselves so that they can be proud of their handiwork rather than mine. Things around the level of pic related would be fantastic.