Cat in a row boat (automata)

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At the bottom of this panel is a video of Automata from our high school woodshop class. This project took several students about a week to complete. The blue fabric moves like water with the rocking of the boat. It runs off two simple cams being turned by the crank. The gears are there to slow it down and make it run more smoothly.

-- Mr. B

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 01:54 AM

that would make a great whirligig.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 02:09 AM

Thanks for posting. Your cat in a row boat is cute. You and your students have much to be proud of. Thank you for your commitment to technical education and to kids.
In my home town we had a printing instructor who did for printing what you have done for woodworking in Prescott. I believe that this man single handedly made the difference in my son’s life.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 03:19 AM

In a perfect world, every teacher would be able to make a difference for every child. I know I must be doing something right because I seem to be getting traction where others can”t. My enrollment has skyrocketed like you wouldn’t believe. I managed to recruit over 50 girls into my program last year. Our department of education has helped me purchase a lot of very expensive equipment. And shop programs all over the country are being closed down. Shameful.

-- Mr. B

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 03:23 AM

That’s pretty neat, I bet they had fun making it! Thanks for teaching kids woodworking, shop class is where I started. Got hooked and have never stopped.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#5 posted 04-20-2009 05:44 AM

Hi Tom

Love the cat! I started out being an industrials teachers but then went to work for prison industries for 35 years. I set up and ran custom wood divisions in three different states. This is another career avenue your students might look into. Good pay, good retirerment and very rewarding.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 04-20-2009 06:46 AM

That is a great project. Looks like you are one heck of a teacher!! Congrats on your accomplishments. I worked on a couple of new high schools in the area that don’t have shop areas, the theory is everything is going hi-tech. My theory is it doesn’t matter how hi-tech things get, it is all based on simple mechanical principles. If you get a good education in basic theory and principles, you can figure anything out. If you get an education memorizing without the basics, you are limited by your memory.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 04-20-2009 01:11 PM

What a great learning tool.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-21-2009 04:18 AM

That’s one cool cat

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 05-11-2009 10:18 PM

Hope the kids enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed watching it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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