Cardboard Automata Competition
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Design, build, and test your own moving sculpture in our Cardboard Automata Competition. A cardboard automaton is a crank operated machine that combines the use of simple machines with storytelling and is made mostly of recycled cardboard and bamboo skewers. Whether you are inspired by the story you wish to tell, or the mechanical movement you envision, art and technical engineering will have to blend together for success in this competition!
Cardboard Automata entries will be voted on by guests visiting the Maryland Science Center on competition day. Awards and prizes will be given based on the following categories:
Most Scientifically Inspired
Awarded to the automaton design inspired by a famous scientist or scientific concept.
Mechanical Engineer Award
Awarded to the automaton design with the most awesome mechanisms.
Awarded to the automaton design with the most creative narrative.