Turning Cardboard into Motion! – A Spring Break Program for Kids (afternoon session)
Instructor: Marianne Stolz
Automata are mechanical toy sculptures that combine the principles of arts, science and technology, usually in a humorous way. They can be brought to life by moving a lever or cranking a handle to move parts such as cams, gears, etc., which are in turn connected to the various parts of the sculptures to produce the desired movement. Automata toys (or automaton) are fun to make and showcase the fine art of engineering.
In this class we will explore movement and figure out how to create it. We will learn about axels, levers, and pivots and fabricate them out of every day material like cardboard and wire. Starting with the well known jumping jack, we will explore how to use the same principle in different ways. Next we will check out the scissor lift and work our way towards more complex crank mechanisms.
The last 2 days we will use our learned knowledge to create automata to animate a story.
Since we will be cutting thick cardboard, a requirement for this class is to be able to use a utility knife and utility scissors. We also will be using hot glue guns and learn how to use pliers and wire cutters.
Please note: Our Spring Break programs are designed for students to mix and match morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions (FolkSkiDerby and Create in Clay) will run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Afternoon sessions (FolkSkiDerby, Create in Clay, and Turning Cardboard into Motion) will run from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. During the lunch hour, students are welcome to bring a lunch and stay at The Folk School. The lunch hour will be supervised, but there will not be planned activities other than time spent playing outdoors.
Students should bring:
- lunch if they plan to stay for the lunch hour,
- snacks to get them through a busy day (if needed),
- a water bottle, and,
- warm clothes (as we will be playing outside during the lunch hour).
Dates of class: March 13 – 17, 2017
Times of the class: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm each day
Maximum number of students: 6
Minimum number of students: 4
Age of students: 7 years old and up
Prerequisites: ability to use a utility knife and utility scissors
Cost of the course: $165 (members); $248 (non-members) Become a Folk School Member!
Location: The Folk School
Pre-registration only: This class requires pre-registration. Please register at least three days before the course begins. Registration will be closed after this time.
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