Take the Maker Challenge set by designer-maker Claire Ward Thornton, look at movement, create an automata and be inspired by amazing nature to help you design your own ingenious transforming invention.
Claire is a visual artist based in London who spends a lot of time making art with children in schools and families in public spaces through her organisation Art Hoppers.
Download the full set of activities to get started on this maker challenge.
Think about things that transform in the animal world
The animal world has lots of amazing natural transformers, see what you can find out and write and draw them to use as inspiration for your invention
Explore what creates transformation in your home
Take a look around your home for things that make change through turning or up and down movement. Think of machines like a blender or a fan or something like a broom that you move yourself?
Follow Claire's instructions to create the structure for your own automata
Fun with materials and movement
Explore how materials work on your automata to create change when it's in motion
Tell us about your transforming invention
We'd love to see your inventions that transform using movement, don't forget to send them to us with a photo of your automata, you could win a Little Inventors book!
How to enter!
Children can submit more than one invention idea.
Submit invention ideas through our upload page.
- Draw your invention on our Claire Ward Thornton challenge: Activity 1
- Scan the *whole* sheet as straight on as possible
- Upload it in JPEG, PNG or GIF format (choose a file)
Each invention idea will comprise of an image of a clear drawing, the name, age and location of the inventor, the name of the invention and a description, and a contact email address.