Cardboard Automata - DuPage Children's Museum

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Cardboard Automata

Cardboard Automata — a unique combination of engineering and art! Cardboard Automata are mechanical structures that use cams and linkages to tell a story. Students participating in this Learning Lab will:

  • Learn about cams, levers, and linkages and the mechanics of movement
  • Write a story in which movement is required
  • Create the movement their story requires
  • Use various art materials to tell their story through movement



Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Engineering Design


Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts:

  • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work
  • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work
  • Revise, refine, and complete artistic work
  • Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work
  • Grades 5 – 6
Lab Time
  • Session 1:
  • 2 Hours at your school
  • Session 2:
  • 2 Hours at your school
Pricing per Learning Lab
  • $18 Per Student


Madalyn McLean
Education Booking Coordinator
630.637.8000 x6150

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