Pupils are given the elements to design and build 10 different models, with a choice of three varying wheel and cam mechanisms.

You can either make automata kits in The MAD Museum’s workshop, as part of a group trip or alternatively, we can provide you with the kits and resources for you to build them back in the classroom or at home.

Please look at the varying mechanisms above and watch the video below to understand how much you can do with this kit.

MAD Workshop
Lesson Plan

After an explanation and demonstration about automata and cams, pupils (8 per session) then build their own piece of automata then decorate it. MAD Technicians are on hand throughout to support this activity and once made, all pupils take their finished creations home.

Details

Duration:  1 hour
Subject Focus: Design Technology, Engineering and Art
Appropriate for: Kits are appropriate for 5-11yrs + but due to the museum’s workshop table being quite high we recommend 7-11yrs+ if activity is held at The MAD Museum.
Places per session:
8 persons per time
Group supervising ratio:
2:8
MAD Technicians per session:
Up to 2
Pre-booking required:
Yes
Follow-up:
 Teacher is given electronic version of follow up sheet for pupils to complete back in the classroom.

Cost

£6.00 per head (kit, accessories + activity)

Classroom Activity
Lesson Plan

This is an alternate option to our MAD Workshop and is for larger groups or groups with a tight timeframe. We recommend a museum visit to support this activity but it’s not essential.  Teachers are provided with enough kits per pupils, a lesson plan, follow-up sheet for the pupils and website links.

Details

Duration:  1 hour
Subject Focus: Design Technology, Engineering and Art
Appropriate for: Kits are appropriate for 5-11yrs 
Places per session:
 no limit
Group supervising:
  required becuase a small amount of glue is needed for this exercise.
Pre-booking required: Yes
Follow-up:
 Teacher is given electronic version of follow up sheet for pupils to complete back in the classroom.

Cost

£3.00 per head (kit, accessories + resources)

Cams     Automata     Natural Wood     For Ages 5+     Self-assembly Kits     Support Resources

MAD will be closed from Monday 6th November - Friday 10th November 2017. We are very sorry if this cause you any inconvenience.