Here are some links to web pages about mechanisms, mechanical toys and automata:
http://automata.co.uk/

http://www.cabaret.co.uk/
http://www.mechanical-toys.com/

http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/
http://barkingdogsautomata.homestead.com/home.html

http://www.dugnorth.com/automaton_kits.aspx
http://www.technologystudent.com/cams/camdex.htm

http://www.mechanicalmonkey.co.uk/
http://www.walterruffler.de/index1.html

http://www.animatedworksheets.co.uk/webgate.html
Secondary Research
Use the internet and/or the library to find two or three examples of mechanical toys.
You should annotate your chosen toy and explainations using the following guide:
  • How the toy works?
  • What materials it is made from? (if you are not sure, make a sensible guess or ask your teacher)
  • What type of mechanism it uses in its design?
  • What type of person or user group the product is aimed at?

MeRed.gif Check out the videos below, school projects and the Cabaret Mechanical Theater with some excellent mechanical toys

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