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Toy_take_apart.pdf. Build an Automaton. Oakland Discovery Center: Thumb Piano. Materials • 1x2'' wood • small Popsicle sticks, or plastic stirrers • 3/16 x 2'' inch machine screws or carriage bolts. • wing nuts Tools • small saw • drill and 3/16th bit • screw driver Constructing the Thumb Piano is very simple, cut the 1x2'' to length (5-8'') and then drill a hole with the correct sized bit centered and about an inch from the ends of both pieces.

Oakland Discovery Center: Thumb Piano

Use the machine screws to hold the two piece loosely together. You can use 2 wing nuts or one regular nut and one wing nut. Insert the popsicle sticks with different lengths sticking out of the 1x2'' sandwich and tighten the nuts until the sticks don't sound buzzy when plucked. The same basic rule about tone that applied to the wind instruments applies to the Thumb Piano the longer the resonator in this case the sticks the lower the note it will produce. Here is another version using some plastic stir sticks we found: Sound Automata. Sound automata is a modified automata mechanism designed to make a series of sounds instead of animate a scene or character.

Sound Automata

We've separated the material needed for the mechanism for the automata and the noise makers in order to make things clearer. While this a good starting place there is really no limitation on what material you can use especially on the sound making side. Oakland Discovery Center: Micro Automata. Materials: • Wide clean plastic cup or clear solo cup. • A straw • Skewers • Bottle caps • Foam core • Tape Tools: • Scissors • Hot glue gun • A wood screw • Phillips screw driver or pencil Automata meaning self operating machine typically consisted of a clockwork statue or scene and were first created centuries ago in Europe and Asia.

Oakland Discovery Center: Micro Automata

They were in many ways the direct ancestor of what became electro mechanical robots. For our purposes automata are a good way to explore machine's function of converting one form of energy and motion into another. They are also a way to teach simple mechanical problem solving skills. Butterfly - Fluttering Model to Download and Make. Become a Member for free access to all the models in the showcase.

Butterfly - Fluttering Model to Download and Make

See the Membership page for more details. Already a Member? Butterfly. Pop Up Robot to Download and Make. Become a Member for free access to this and other files on the site.

Pop Up Robot to Download and Make

See the Membership page for more details. Already a Member? Log in Here. Flexibot, Come and Get It! Become a Member for free access to this and other files on the site.

Flexibot, Come and Get It!

See the Membership page for more details. Already a Member? Log in Here Turn the handle on the side of the Flexibot and the scotch yoke mechanism operates the flex arms. The file for the model parts are available for members to download for free, thanks for signing up! Sssnake - Download and Mmmmake! 172.pdf. 176.pdf. Sound Automata. Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers. Perhaps the most famous automaton, the fabled Turk, ended up being a clever hoax, not a true automaton.

Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

To see an honest historical automaton, one needs to visit the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, where Maillardet’s Automaton is displayed. This automaton, built around 1800, is a masterpiece, able to write three poems and draw four drawings! Cardboard-Automata. 242.pdf. The Kinetic King's Home Page. I worked with Sprice and other artists in Detroit on July 15th-18th, creating the Incredible Science Machine, at the Michigan Science Center.

The Kinetic King's Home Page

In March of 2015, I created a gadget for the Body and Machine exhibition with Jack Pavlik in Minneapolis. On March 31, 2015, I received my third Guinness World Record certificate for the stick bomb I detonated with students in Lakeview, Oregon, in August of 2014. On May 29th and 30th, I demonstrated kinetic art at the Maker's Faire at the State Fair Grounds. On February 11, Guinness World Records formally adjudicated the 17,822-stick stick bomb made in August in Lakeview, Oregon, as a new world record--whoo, hoo! In fulfillment of my Kickstarter project, The Artsy-Fortsy Project, I produced a cool video, Kinetic Ballet, which I put in the Public Domain. On October 18 and 19, 2014, I created several gadgets for the Home Improvement/Healthy Life Expo at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. Exploding Kinetic Art, aka Stick Bombs. Stick-Bombs-Exploding-Kinetic-Art. Chain-Reactions. Paper-Top-Template. Simple Paper Toys: Paper Tops. I’m back with more simple paper toys you can make at home.

Simple Paper Toys: Paper Tops

Paper Tops are sturdy and easy to spin, even for little ones. You can decorate them and watch as your designs blend into circles when the top spins. If you love paper toys, check out our Play Pack: This post contains affiliate links to products I love and recommend to my readers. Materials Instructions Step One Print out your template on cardstock. You’re done! Tips. MAGIC PROPELLER STICK. I don't care if my ancestors were playing with this folk toy a century ago.


It is as magical today. And it will be just as fascinating to future generations even if we harness nuclear fusion for power and interplanetary travel becomes routine. That's what "classic" means: timeless, immortal. Oscillating Bird Science Toy For Kids. I recently made a new oscillating bird design for a magazine, so I thought I’d share it here too. After finding this toy idea on the brilliant Science Toy Maker site a couple of years ago, I made this woodpecker.

It’s based off of an old folk toy, and is a great way to teach kids about the science of potential energy. It’s easy to make, and very fun to play with. I’ll insert the original instructions below, as well as a video so you can see it in action! DIY Kinetic Sand. DIY Energy Toy: Kinetic Energy Carousel . Adventures in Learning. Want to make a fun DIY toy that moves?

This kinetic carousel spins wildly and demonstrates potential and kinetic energy. Pin It Materials Pin It paper and carousel template (pdf)markersscissorsplastic lid – about 3″ diameter (peanut butter jar lids are perfect)wide rubber band (thin rubber bands won’t work!) Note: You must use plastic tubing. Instructions. Make Your Own Hula Hoop! Cranking Bird - CSWN Project Library. Diving Board Automata. 112.pdf. 117.pdf. 178.pdf. 102.pdf.