The Automaton Crate

Engineer a hand-cranked automaton that makes a marble climb stairs!


  • Gears and Cams
  • Automatons in History
  • Art That Moves

Create your own kinetic art

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Cover art of the book  The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

Hugo Cabret is a 12-year-old orphan, surviving on his own by hiding in the walls of a Paris train station. His story centers around an mysterious mechanical man, which Hugo must repair in order to discover his late father’s secrets. The book itself is beautiful, taking elements of graphic novels, flipbooks and cinematic techniques to draw the reader into Hugo’s world. Don’t miss this one!

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