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Student Automata Project in Introduction to Engineering Design

In IED classes - Introduction to Engineering Design - students have been working on final projects and presentations.  Some of the students designed and built automatas.  

Here's the definition of an automata and some constraints from the IED assignment.  

Automata (aw-‘tom-uh-tuh) is derived from a Greek word that means self-acting. An input such as a falling mass, a motor, or your hand movement is used to move parts that ultimately result in the motion of a figure.
 In this problem, you will design, build and test a mechanical system to automate the motion of objects. The automata will be designed as a toy for a child.
The two videos show an automata designed and built by Madison Kramer.  One video shows the automata and the other video shows one of the gears she designed and made with the 3D printer.