Grade Levels: 3-12 | Duration: 20+ minutes

A linkage is created by connecting two or more rigid parts to make a flexible hinge; you can keep it simple or develop complex mechanical motion by connecting multiple linkages to create all kinds of contraptions. (Think flapping wings, dancing robots, chomping sharks!) At The Tech we especially love how linkages inspire the creation of whimsical characters with surprising motions.

Grade Levels: 3-12

Duration: 20+ minutes

Concepts/Skills: Engineering design, motion, structure, simple machines (levers)

Objectives: Students will:

  • Design a whimsical creature using cardboard linkages.
  • Try to create surprising movements (think flapping wings, dancing robots, and chomping sharks).