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Mechanical Arm

Mechanical Arm

Based on a design by British scientist Neil Downie, this is an exemplary model. It demonstrates the complex force of flexing muscle. Construct an arm that contracts and extends. consider Leonardo daVinci's study of anatomy and the robot mechanics it inspired. Domo arigato, Robot Armo!

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Rube Goldberg Challenge

Rube Goldberg Machine

The Challenge: release one marble that will trip and trigger events to free three other marbles. There can be a creative assessment: the narrative represents in the invention: Goldilocks and the Three Bears for example.

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Sustainable Light

Traffic Light

Change is just around the corner. Experiment with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), the cool light revolution that will change the future of electricity consumption. Master a simple circuit that controls energy flow. Reverse the polarity!

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Whitney Animator


Learn the anatomy of animation and the phenomenon of persistence of vision by building a praxinoscope. With a teacher's resource guide by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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