Focus On Mechanical Toys

Encourages students of all levels to investigate the basic principles of mechanisms.


Designed as a teaching aid and student research tool for lower Key Stages for mechanical toy projects, Focus on Mechanical Toys has also been written with particular reference to higher Key Stages.

Focus on Mechanical Toys is structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct their own investigations into the basic principles of mechanisms.

Focus on Mechanical Toys is suitable for use with secondary students ages 11 and older.


Basic Principles of Mechanisms

Structured to encourage students of all abilities to conduct their own investigations into the basic principles of mechanisms, this simple-to-use learning aid includes sections covering:
  • Types of motion
  • Cams and followers
  • Levers and linkages
  • Pulley systems
  • Gear systems
  • Technical vocabulary

Educational Models Combining these topic areas with detailed analyses of 21 real-life automata, Focus on Mechanical Toys delivers a comprehensive educational package that's equally useful as a teaching aid, learning resource or research tool.

Interactive Animations

High quality 3D animations are available in addition to the photographic images, written descriptions and videos of each toy's mechanical structure. At the click of a button the internal mechanism of each model can be revealed.

Users control:
  • Viewing angle of each animation.
  • Speed of animation.
  • Direction of motion Each animation can be paused at any time and the on-screen image copied and pasted into a word processing or DTP program for inclusion in students' design folders.

2D integrated Graphics Module

Focus on Fairground Rides has a built in 2D drawing program to help students design and decorate their own rides. The program comes with a library of pre-drawn images that can be edited to suit individual needs, saved and printed out for use as templates. Images are fully scalable, with no loss of detail, and can be exported for use in other programs.

A set of tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw different shapes and use the program.

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