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Making it move

This project teaches children about cam mechanisms. They experiment with different shaped cams before designing, making and evaluating a child's automaton toy.

Memorable experience

Machines and mechanisms

Innovate challenge

Designing and making an automaton toy


Cam mechanisms; Designing and making automaton toys; Cutting, joining, strengthening and finishing

The Way Things Work Now (DK)WaterstonesAmazonDavid Macaulay and Neil Ardley9780241227930
Making Moving Toys and AutomataWaterstonesAmazonRobert Race9781785004919
Paper AutomataWaterstonesAmazonRob Ives9781899618217
Mr Shaha's Marvellous MachinesWaterstonesAmazonAlom Shaha9781913348120
Marvellous Machines (A Magic Lens Book)WaterstonesAmazonJane Wilsher9781912920198