Thursday 28 May 2020
  • STEM
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
HMS “Quiff” needs your help! There’s been a technical, ahem, difficulty and we need you to make a communication device for us.

Mission Briefing

Mission Briefing

Part of the Family Mission series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020. CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is reporting from submarine HMS Quiff to deliver your submarine-themed Family Mission briefing.

Now that Ben has relayed your Family Mission brief, you’ll find everything you need below, including your instructions to create your DIY walkie talkie.

What you'll need

What you will need to make a DIY walkie talkie - hammer, scissors, tin cans and string.

What you'll need

  • A hammer and nail
  • 2x tin cans (ideally the same size) with their paper labels taken off
  • Scissors
  • A long piece of string

Instructions

Photograph showing how to create DIY Walkie Talkies

Instructions

1. Find a grown up to help you!
2. Take two tin cans and make sure the lids have been removed.
3. Be sure not to leave any sharp edges! If there are some, you can cover the rim with electrical tape.
4. Make a small hole in the bottom of each can using the nail and hammer. It’s best to get the grown-ups to do this bit!

Ben Shires demonstrates his DIY walkie talkies

5. Now take a long piece of string. Thread the string through the hole in each can, and tie a knot in each end so it can't pull back through the hole.
6. Now hold the cans so that the string is taut. As one person speaks into a can, the other listens in the other can.

Communicating on board an X-Craft

Communicating on board an X-Craft

Submariners use walkie talkies now, but in 1944 speaking tubes like this were used to communicate with the rest of the vessel. Some modern submarines still have these speaking tubes which can be used in back-up situations.

Don’t forget to tell us how you get on or even better show us your walkie talkie on IWM’s Facebook and Twitter

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Sponsors

Family Mission has been created with the generous support of Old Possum's Practical Trust