Cranky contraptions are whimsical and mechanical, used to demonstrate students understanding of motion mechanics, simple simple machines and of course creativity, problem solving and collaboration to name only a few. This capsule is designed to get teachers and students creating cranky contraptions and/or automata on their own. Below you will find all you need to get started with #crankycontraption.

Curriculum Connections:
  • Elementary and Secondary – The Technological World
    • Design Process
    • Construction diagrams
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Material manipulation
    • Manufacturing objects
    • Techniques for manipulating objects
Examples of Stuff We Made:
Materials and ideas kindly shared via Exploratorium’s The Tinkering Studio

 

 

Video Tutorial on how to bend the wire

Getting Started (PDF)

Resources:

Ryoko Matsumoto’s Sketchpad Page

Rob Ives’ Designing Paper Animations

Cardboard Automata

Tinker Studio Automata

Video on Curious Contraptions

Different kinds of cams for automata

#crankycontraption Activity Page
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