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3 year old Jonathan...
3D Head Modeling Software
3D Printing!!! -- A Real Car
Aims of Education
Alexander Calder's Circus
Anatomy of a B1 Battle Droid
Anatomy of a Human
Anatomy of Musical Instruments -- Guitar History
Anatomy of Musical Instruments -- Saxophone
Anatomy of Musical Instruments -- Violin
Architecture -- Apartment Floor Plan
Architecture-- Filoli Gardens and House
Artificial Intelligence = AI
Arts & Culture by Google
Astronomy - Messier Chart
Astronomy - Very Large Telescope
Astronomy -- Constellations
Astronomy -- Galaxies
Astronomy -- Hands-on Universe
Astronomy -- IMax Saturn Spaceship Flyby...
Astronomy -- Night Sky Map
Astronomy -- Orrery Solar System Kit
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Automata - Toys that Move
Batman Paper Model
BioMedical Engineering -- Organ Regeneration
BioMedical Engineering -- Geometry Research about Viruses
Bongard Pattern Recognition Puzzles
CAD Images of Pythagorean Theorem
Careers in Design
Ceramic Tile Designs Worldwide
Clowns Go On Vacation -- Video in Progress
Design Education Blog (K-12)
Doodles -- with Vi Hart
Drones & Society
Drones & Society_Arts
Durer, Albrecht -- Renaissance Man
Engineering -- Introduction
Engineering -- Mechanical Engineering -- MIT Open Courseware
Engineering for the Other 90%
Engineering HS Model Bridge Contest
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 7 Xray Photographs
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Curriculum Outline
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 1 Photograph Introduction
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 2 Lesson Plan
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 3 Teachers' Guide
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 4 Cool Stuff_Book Cover
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 5 Cool Stuff_ Book Photos
Engineering of Everyday Things -- Page 6 Cool Stuff_Book Photos_2
Engineering, Go For It!
Evolution of Feathers
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Flickr_ Math World photos
Fractal Arts Tutorial
Fractals -- What are Fractals?
Fractals and Benoit Mandelbrot
Fractals PBL Curriculum
Geometric Delights -- a blog
Geometry Course -- Open Reference interactive excellent course
Geometry History & Quotations
GeoSphere Gears in Motion
Glass Ball Juggler
GPS = Global Positioning System
Graphic Arts and Design
Hathi Trust -- Digitized Books
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
History of Engineering
History of Mathematics
History of the Computer Timeline
How do you... List of 100 Topics
How it's Made -- Science Channel
How to... Instructional Essay Writing
Human Geometry & the Performing Arts
India Arts - Kolam
Jobs, Steve - Apple
Kinetic Geometry Sculpture
Magic Mirror Box
Mathematics and Multimedia
Moon Express, Inc.
Museum of Mathematics
National Geographic Magazine
Nets for Geometric Solids
NOVA -- PBS TV -- Science
Orchids (and other Flowers)
Origami -- Erik Demaine -- MIT Geometry
Origami -- Robert Lang
Origami -- Sara Adams
Origami Resource Center -- K-12
Paper Craft -- Valentine's Cake
Paper Models of Polyhedra
Papercraft and Model-Building
Patents -- Apple, Inc.
Patents -- Google Search
Pavilion of Polyhedreality
Privacy in the Digital World...
Puppets and How to Make Them
Quilt Design Patterns
Spirals in Nature
Sports Courts and Fields
Tiffany Stained-Glass Lamps
Tools of Science and Math
Tools of Science and Math 2
Tools of Science and Math 3
Tools of Science and Math 4
Tools of Science and Math 5
Toys from Trash
Tsunami Wave (Physics) -- Tragedy in Japan
Union of Concerned Scientists
Wikis in the Classroom
Automata - Toys that Move
Making Mechanical Toys (Automata)
1. A Montessori School
Very Kool Music Video
Kids know what to do! (with a Spirited-Alive Teacher : ) and she made a Very Kool Music Video by making a slideshow
of their simple cardboard automata fun...
(Play--Invent--Explore) at the San Francisco Exploratorium.
CAUTION: Hot Glue guns are NOT for student-use! They should only be used by the Teacher/Adults.
They made this video in India, working with adult Tibetan monks, making their own mechanical toys...
NOTE: Some of the mechanisms they are using are NOT so simple! But it is a fun creative introduction to watch...
That is why starting with single-cams are better for Beginners...as the Montessori School video demonstrates...
3. Here are some photographs of wood-constructed simple
single cam mechanical toys
from one of my
flickr photo albums
... made by students in England, with their teacher's assistance.
all students to make mechanical toys!; it is part of their national curriculum).
And these 2 videos show how similar examples actually move!
4. And a wonderful brief step-by-step instructional video for making a cardboard alligator mechanical toy, (once again from England :-)
The Teacher's name is Paul Newham
; He has a fantastic website and tons of video projects for elementary level
mechanical toys and crafts:
5. And here is a photograph of my home-made single-cam toy 'carousel' and accompanying (1 minute)
from my flickr photo-sharing website.
6. And many more automata examples are at Pinterest "
" (made with wood, paper, wire, etc.)
and paper-crafting projects at
7. And there is even a much simpler Mega Website from India called "Toys from Trash", that is endless Toy-Making fun
focused on Elementary School projects... by TED Genius, Arvind Gupta... Make sure you check out his instructional
videos ("films") on Youtube:
The older ones are better (from 5+ years ago...) and he has 100's, so keep pressing "load more"!!!
And here is his homepage:
That's plenty to keep you busy all year (and all your life...)
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