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If you've made a model of JWST, out of paper or anything else, please send us a photo of yourself with it and we'll post it! We'll need your written permission if you're in the picture, so if you'd like your photo to appear, please fill out this release form and email it to us with your picture!


Here are Giuliano and Ivana Buzzi with the paper model of JWST that they built.

Giuliano and Ivana


Here is Charlotte Campbell with a paper model she made of the JWST as well as a tri-fold board presentation for her grade 6 class in 2015.

Charlotte Campbell


Using only publicly available information, a team of mentored undergraduate students from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, CA, developed a deployable 1/6th scale engineering model of the James Webb Space Telescope.

More information: sites.google.com/a/exsci.org/sdem/

Image Credits: Sandra Irish

JWST Subscale Deployments Engineering Model (SDEM)

JWST Subscale Deployments Engineering Model (SDEM)


Mehdi Setayesh Mehr submitted photos of his children and the model they built. The students are (on right) Kimiya Setayesh Mehr, age 15, and (on left) Alireza Setayesh Mehr (age 13). They both live in Karaj, Persia. Two models in 12:10000 scales were made during 3 months of their project from their Sketchup plans.

Mehr Family

Mehr Family


Tom Dani sent in photos of his gorgeous model. He says, "My model is similar to John Jogerst's version (and in fact it's based on his) but the assembly was modified and different materials were used during the build, such as copious amounts of aluminum foil and high-gloss, self-adhesive foils. It's also made with a curved, reflective mirror; angled heat shields and custom paint job." He also sent in an upgrade to John Jogerst's version, which will enable others to make the mirror concave. Download the mirror pattern.

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Stuart Beardow made this amazing model using the reference images on our website. It took him approximately 8 weeks to build and is now on display at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK. It is 1:30 scale and is made from brass, mylar, foil and acrylic.

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John Jogerst sent in pics of two versions of the model - the original and a redesign. The model is displayed in the entry of the Pensacola Junior College Planetarium.

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John also modified our model - his version is downloadable as a pdf. Directions and Model Parts. These are the most updated versions of his model directions and parts (8/25/10).


Siddharth Balakrishnan Siddharth Balakrishnan This is Siddharth Balakrishnan, an 8th grader from Virginia, who made this model as a home summer activity in August 2009.


maggie charity Here's Will Manzella, who assembled the model (with some help) as part of his 3rd grade "Space" project.


maggie charity Here's Maggie Charity with the JWST model she constructed.


The University of Arizona Alumni Association hosted its 21st annual Beginning Teen Astronomy Camp from June 3-10 at the Catalina Observatories on Mt. Lemmon. In attendance were 24 students (ages 11-16) from 14 states and four Arizona cities. The eleven adult staff members included current undergraduate students, graduate students in astronomy and in music, and PhD astronomers from various colleges and universities around the US. Six staff were former Campers. Over $5,000 was awarded to seven students, one of whom was supported by the NIRCam Science Team’s education and public outreach program to the Girl Scouts of the USA. During the Camp all students learned about JWST and NIRCam through model building, hands-on optics, CCD imaging, and talks by NIRCam scientists and by Ms. Janet Howard, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and former Adult Astronomy Camper and now staff member.

(left to right): Adam Vaughn, Luke McGuire, Katherine Gandlmayr Nicole Backert
(left to right):
Front row: Kenneth Stamper, Andrea Van Arsdall, Annie Cherkaev, Kamal Ganesh
Back row: Hunter Brokema, Ivan Quinones, Kenneth Krecklow
(left to right): Matthew Medrano, Alicia Ekman, Ashley Petrusa, Lizi Zachary, Joshua French
(left to right):
Front row: Sarah Eaton, Cullen Costello,
Back row: Micaela Young, Alpha Meteyard, Rhys Louis, Jacob Pearcy
Missing: Krystal Breedwell, Alexandria Scott