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Tinker Crate Automaton

Lower Age: 8+
Price: $16.95/month
Year Added: 2016

Tinker Crate’s Automaton is one of many monthly subscription kits. In this kit, kids will learn the art and mechanical value behind automatons – mechanical devices that seem to operate by themselves. This kit includes: the “Tinker Zine” written guide which includes historical background on automatons, ideas for art build projects, and even more ways to get children involved; a blueprint which thoroughly and intuitively explains the main automaton build. The Tinker Crate kits are perfect for teaching children concepts of engineering thinking and design – specifically this kit because of the hands-on learning, guided by the historical context of mechanical automatons. Kids will learn about concepts such as cams and cam followers, with the kit providing further examples as to how to modify designs for different design criteria or constraints. Kids will have the chance to interact and develop critical thinking skills as they build and visualize the mechanical components of their automaton to show them off to family and friends. Tinker Crate kits are a fantastic way to introduce the wide spectrum of engineering to children at an early age.



Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Ask questions, make observations, generate ideas, create the prototype or process, apply mathematics, work in a team

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: NA

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Critical thinking, creative thinking, design



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  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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      • “This kit provides several ways to learn and interact by building artistic and mechanical models. Kids really get the chance to see how simple mechanisms can do powerful things!”