An exploding beetle?!

BOMBARDIER BEETLE

Bombardier Beetle

What is half an inch long (1.5cm) and carries twin guns on its hips to shoot fire at anyone who annoys him? The incredible Bombardier Beetle. My kind of guy!  :)

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AN EXPLODING BEETLE ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)

Looking for letter writing ideas for your sponsored child that are fun, printable and FREE? Want to give credit to God as designer? My free printable articles for kids are all about putting God at the centre of each package.  Make this article your own – give it your own personal touch – just add photos! It’s easy. This tutorial will show you how. And then scroll down to find more cool items to send with your ‘exploding package’. Designed exclusively for you… and your child… enjoy!

Bombardier Beetle Article-SAMPLE

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PHOTO SUGGESTIONS

Bombardier Beetle photos
– Bombardier Beetle fun cartoons

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LAMINATE / BINDER

For your homeschool students, you may like to laminate the articles to keep them looking nice. Or put it in a binder and add some FREE colouring pages, puzzles and crafts (scroll down) and make your own DIY Activity Book.

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OTHER LANGUAGES

This article is also available in French. For other children who are NOT ENGLISH speaking, I still send it to them but make sure I INCLUDE ALL TEXT IN THE LETTER so that it gets translated. Note: this may no longer be necessary with the current Compassion guidelines, but please check it out for yourself. If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text (scroll down to the end of this post).

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BOMBARDIER BEETLE ~ INFORMATION / LINKS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

The Amazing Bombardier Beetle (creation.com) article from scientists who take the Bible seriously; share a snippet with your child – The tiny bombardier beetle’s defence mechanism is amazingly complicated, and could only have been created with all the parts working together perfectly. From twin ‘exhaust tubes’ at his tail, this beetle fires into the face of his enemies boiling-hot noxious gases with a loud pop.

Bombardier Beetle / Scientific ResearchProfessor Andy McIntosh  one of many scientists who believe in the Bible’s account of creation and professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at the University of Leeds and his team studied the bombardier beetle’s combustion mechanism, hoping to engineer more efficient reigniters (small devices that shoot charged chemicals into the engine if it stops at high altitude) in aircraft engines. With many years of engineering research experience, he readily admits that all the complex machinery that God has designed in nature is far more complicated than man’s. “They can even repair and reproduce themselves,” he says. “So how much more do they declare ‘… his eternal power and divine nature.’ (Romans 1:20).”

Bombardier Beetle inspires technology – article for kids  (Answers in Genesis) article from scientists who take the Bible seriously; share a snippet with your child; After closely studying the Bombardier beetle… Dr. Andy McIntosh, who is a professor of thermodynamic and combustion theory at the University of Leeds in England, led the research and is a young-earth creationist. The Bombardier beetle has a special defence mechanism. It can shoot a toxic chemical spray (heated to 212°F) at predators when it is threatened. God designed this beetle to shoot chemicals in an amazing way! “This creature requires an explosive mixture (hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone), a combustion chamber to contain the chemicals, exhaust nozzles to eject the mixture into which two catalysts are also injected (the enzymes catalase and peroxidase)—all this at the right moment to make the violent reaction take place… the new technology allowed droplet size, temperature and velocity to be closely controlled, ‘allowing advancements in a variety of areas where the properties of the mist is critical.’ It said it could inspire new types of nebulisers, needle-free injections, fire extinguishers and powerful fuel injection systems.”

The bombardier beetle – how it works  (creation.com) article from scientists who take the Bible seriously; for more advanced students; share a snippet with your child who loves to know how things work

Bombardier Beetle ~ make sure you share these fun cartoons with your kids  free printable

Beetle colouring pages:  Goodsearch;  Google

Bombardier beetle – learn to draw  free printable

Bombardier beetle – learn to draw from a photo of a real beetle; free printable

Bombardier beetle – door hanger  with a photo of a real bombardier beetle; free printable

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Butterfly article for kids giving glory to God as designer; free printable

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ARTICLE TEXT

THE BOMBARDIER BEETLE – AN EXPLODING BEETLE?! 

Yes! This fascinating little guy does explode! The Bombardier Beetle may be only 1.5cm (half an inch) long, but it carries two tiny guns on its tail… and shoots fire to defend itself from hungry predators, like spiders or toads! Just as the predator gets ready to flash out a long, sticky tongue, the beetle swings its cannons around and ‘BOOM’! It blasts the predator in the face with a high pressure jet of boiling toxic chemicals. The predator limps away trying to get that awful stuff off him!

How does this tiny little beetle do it? Two chemicals are mixed together inside him in a specially lined firing chamber. A third chemical is added to make it explosive. This mixture is then blown out of two tiny tubes on its tail at 20 metres (65 feet) per second. They can also be swiftly aimed—180 degrees—for pinpoint accuracy. Using high speed cameras, scientists have discovered there are about one thousand miniature explosions. But each explosion happens so fast, one after the other, that all we hear is one ‘pop’. Having lots of small explosions stops the beetle from accidentally blowing itself up… or launching itself up into a tree like a miniature rocket!

Many people have been persuaded to believe that this incredible design happened all by itself! But ALL these very special features had to be there AND working correctly from the very first beetle… or all that would have been left is a splattered—or eaten—bug! These incredible creatures and their complex defense system were exquisitely designed by God during the very first week of history. You can read all about it in your Bible—in Genesis chapter 1. God gave them their special firing chamber; lined it with asbestos to protect them; gave them the right chemicals they needed; the ability to mix them in the correct quantities when they felt threatened; put the two tiny guns at exactly the right place on its tail; gave them the pressure tanks, muscles and nerves in all the right places; pointed them outwards (so they didn’t accidentally shoot themselves); gave them the ability to aim them accurately 180 degrees at predators… then fire them at exactly the right time! And for it to happen as lots of small explosions, one after the other, so they would not be hurt themselves. And all of this had to happen very fast! Wow! That’s a lot to get right! God also created every kind of creature to reproduce after its own KIND. When beetles have a baby, it is not a cow or a sheep. It is a baby beetle. God created so many wonderful things for us to care for and enjoy. Things that are beautiful…. intricate… mysterious… perfect. To teach us about Him. To show us how wonderful, magnificent, wise and powerful He is. So that we will worship Him! Jesus! God the Creator!

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Got questions about science and God? This site is FABULOUS!

Got questions about science and God? This site is FABULOUS!

Information from: creation.com ~ a fabulous site with lots of scientific information from a Biblical perspective. Written by Ph.D. scientists (previously evolutionists) who believe that God says what He means and means what He says. Got questions about God? This is where you will find real answers. Like me, they are all about reinforcing the authority of Scripture and giving glory to God as designer. We CAN and MUST take God’s Word seriously. God says what He means and means what He says. If He meant something else, He would have said something else.

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