Designing and Making Automata


Designing and Making Automata will assist you and your students to produce imaginative and well constructed automata. Automata has everything you need to teach research, design, craft skills and mechanisms. Encourage your students to be independent learners, encouraging your gifted and support the less able. Why spend too many hours planning new projects, when you can use that time to do things you never had time for. Click on the images to play a video.

What people have to say?


“ These are a great series of software resources that will encourage students to produce quality outcomes”

  • It has over 340 short movie clips.
  • It has over 1500 informative screens.
  • It has web links to help with research etc.
  • Over 130 key stage 3 automata with clear details on how they work and are constructed.
  • Detailed examples of professionally made automata made by Ron Fuller.
  • Stage by stage demonstrations using text, images, movie clips, diagrams and sound to explain how to make mechanisms and the moving objects on top.
  • Use our tech log system to encourage your students to evaluate their progress. This a big favourate of ofsted.
  • Use this program to teach about mechanism using every day situations.
  • Each mechanism has a detailed introduction, marking out, making and application.
  • Imaginative solutions to the moving objects on top. these include using modelling magic or colour printed images on MDF.


Minimum System Requirements:

  • System: Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later, including Windows 10
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Intel or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Video Adapter: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Display: 800 x 600, 16-bit color
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 700 MB


Minimum System Requirements:

  • System: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, including OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”
  • Processor: G4 400 MHz or faster, including Intel-based Mac computers
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Display: 800 x 600, Millions of Colors
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 800 MB