Mechanical Linkages from Craft Sticks!

by  Playful Engineers

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Playful Engineers presents: Mechanical Linkages from Craft Sticks! Students make scissor, reverse motion, and parallel motion linkages from ordinary materials. Students learn about, make, and modify linkage constructions to build their own mechanical puppets that send messages, tell stories, or accomplish tasks. We supply the basic materials!

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

Cost includes materials kit for one classroom.


55 minutes flexible.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Professional Development, Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

24 hours prior for cancellation

About This Provider

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Playful Engineers

Amherst, MA
United States

As a teaching artist/engineer, maker/tinkerer, musician, recording artist, and educator, Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His workshops and presentations are experiential and inspiring. Jay is a life-long learner, with a passion for engineering, especially using repurposed toys and household objects. 

Jay has presented thousands of STEM related, hands-on programs since 2015. Jay is also a touring musician, a Parents' Choice Award winning recording artist, and a songwriter with songs that have traveled the world.

Jay Mankita

Program Details


Students are encouraged to continue building onto their mechanisms from home, after the session/s.


Session 1: The program consists of show & tell presentations with illustrative examples and demonstrations of mechanical linkages, including where they are found in machines, in nature, even in our own bodies, and how they help us do work in the world. Students will be able to identify and explain 3 types of linkages. Students engage through Q & A during the session.

Session 2: We supply the classroom kit in advance. During the session, students construct 3 types of linkages from pre-drilled craft sticks, brads, and tiny rubber bands. Additional classroom materials needed will be cardboard sheets, pencils, paper, markers, tape, and scissors.

Session 3: Students modify their linkage constructions into mechanical puppets that send messages, tell stories, or accomplish tasks.