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Micro Automata


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    Community Science Workshop Network

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Micro Automata

In this activity, learners build small animated toys that move. This engineering activity introduces learners to automata, simple machines, mechanical advantage, rotational motion, and cranks and cams.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 clear plastic cup, large
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 1 straw
  • 2-4 circles made from cardboard, foamcore, bottlecaps, etc.
  • cardboard or foam core scraps for handles and stopper pieces
  • decorations for tops
  • screwdriver
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Oakland Discovery Centers

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Oakland Discovery Centers, ©2012

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