This column is for students to begin their research of ideas for Add-Ons. We are high school students in a level 3 CTAE Engineering course. We are not going to limit ourselves to sticking on flat objects that are real of models of real objects. That would be too simplistic for high school students.
Start with cardboard ideas such as this marble run -- LINK
Then get fancy and watch a tutorial with groovy music on bending metal tracks and using a soldering iron...LINK
Still not inspired? Peek at the Things to FInish on the Budget, then the Ideas for Addons...there's definitely something for a level 3 Engineering student.
Galileo Galilei - pendulum and the clock & objects of different weights fall at same rate in vacuum
Archimedes - buoyancy & several inventions like the Archimedes screw. Link
Alexander Grahm Bell
Pythagoras = Pythagorean Theorem (Perler beads, or coated BBs of 3 colors, acrylic, rotates to show falling equivalency of numbers to show 9 + 16 = 25...small tiles could work too, if we didn't want to be movable.
Gregor Mendel - 3D print easy...
Leonardo da Vinci -- Definition of a Rennasiance Man - Artist, Mathematician, Scientist
LINK 4 -Marble Machine Cams and Steps
LINK 6 - Marble Lift looks like an "A"
LINK 7 - Marble Run Geared elevator out of cardboard
LINK 8 - Spiral Marble Elevator
LINK 9 - How to on creating Marble Pumps out of wood - very detailed with pics.
LINK 10 - Marble elevator with levers and pulleys - Lifts marbles a large distance.
LINK 12 - Marble Pump -- sleek design
LINK 13 - Perpetual Motion - 4 sticks - simple, elegant. Short build.
LINK 14 - Perpetual motion, stringless pendelum, vortex basket...Vortex could be a basket accessed by a switch just before it...
LINK 15 - stringless pendelum - Bruce Yeany. This guy's Youtube has TONS of great, simple physics demos, all handmade. 1 second, 2 second, 3 second....he even uses pool balls that are the number of seconds. Could this go on a letter using marbles?
LINK 16 - Chaotic Magnet Pendulum (Skip the end to see more versions of the Chaotic Magnet Pendelum.
LINK 23 - Marble Escapements ( marble releases the next marble much higher)
LINK 27 - Marble Lifts...multiple drawings schematics
LINK 28 - Kunsthammer Marble - Pump
Link 35 - How to make Marble Run Machine with Measurements- Just5mins
Link 38 - INSPIRATIONAL -- Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)
LINK 2 - Tools for automata & marble runs & perpetual motion devices
LINK 3 - Cardboard Automata for beginners
LINK 20 - Tessellating Geckos (I have an easy way to create these for CNC Machine
LINK 24 -automata flying bird...single, multiple, etc..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcsKRLxfFDM&t=421s
LINK 25 - Automataa -- 6 in 6 minutes - tiny, simple, elegant.
LINK 26 - Cardboard Lizard Automata - DIY How To
LINK 29 - Tiny CorK Dragon Automata - brilliant
Link 30 - Tiny matchbox sailboat automata
Link 31 - Jacques Cousteau, Marine Biology, Ecosystems, Habitats - Automata...simple, but done up to include habitat...very nicely done.
Link 32 - Step by Step - DIY Cardboard Automata - Cams
Link 33 - Automata letters -- perhaps DCSD????
Link 34 - A How to First automata video
Link 36 - Walking man, bicycle simple automata
Link 37 - The Open into Closed gears...
LINK 17 - (Physics Fun) High Tech Rain Stick -- Great for Sound!!! especially if we make a smaller one.
LINK 18 - Hyperbola Hole - Works great with a gear...
LINK 19 Trammel of Archimedes - Do Nothing Gadget - Multiple Shuttles
We have been asked to design and build wooden boxes for a children's theater. Child actors will be moving around on a raised stage.
What's the difference with these box types?
Stage Boxes are generaly lighter weight, because plywood is NOT 3/4" like Cross-Fit boxes. State boxes are typically open on one end, to reduce weight. Internal supports are solid wood, not plywood. The plywood in a stage box is 1/4" thick. Crossfit boxes are usually unpainted. Stage boxes are typically painted flat-black.