Continued from Karen's post about Automata and related to the CoP hangout "Let's Talk Automata" from two weeks ago (you can watch the recorded hangout here on YouTube), I wanted to share some more automata that were created in the Tinkering Studio. Some are in photos, some are in videos.
Here we go!
(Left: Big spider vs bee, Right: Flower and bugs)
These are both made by our volunteer Michael. Starting from very simple automata (first we asked him to make simple motion samples for the floor activity), now he has made lots of cool complex automata for the Tinkering Studio.
Here are some more automata in motion!
Check out Michael's frog and birds in the video below. The wire linkage adds an interesting motion to the automata, and both are using a straw to make sound (especially I like the sound with the birds).
Michael's enthusiasm for automata took the cardboard automata to the next level! Inspired by Keith Newstead's life size theater dog, Michael created this mechanical dog and it works really well.
And here is one more! The Michael's dog inspired Nicole to make this pull toy for her nephew. Nice to see the inspiration goes around!