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To learn about making automata and how mechanisms work, try the following pages.

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We run online and in-person automata workshops. Check this page to see if there are any upcoming near you.

Cabaret Mechanical Movement

Our book on understanding simple mechanisms and making automata.


How to Make Automata with Keith Newstead and Made in Stithians with Paul Spooner.

Automata Tinkering Kit

Watch videos of the mechanisms you can build with our kit.

Dug's Automata Tips

Dug North’s series on making automata. Includes series on cams, pulleys, joints & woodwork.

The story of our online workshops

Find out more about learning to make automata in an online setting.
The World Turned Upside Down detail


Automata with Food!
Infrequently asked questions!
Animations of 2 mechanisms & instructions on pinwheel construction.

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Our mission is to promote engineering and creativity through workshops, exhibitions and automata kits.

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