School Holidays: Cycloid drawing machines

Create a gear-driven drawing machine that makes mathematical art in this 3-hour workshop

Produced by the City of Sydney

Create cool geometric patterns and mathematical art with your very own cycloid drawing machine.

In this 3-hour school holiday workshop, you’ll get to build a gear-driven drawing machine for you to take home and continue creating. With facilitator Laura Jade, you’ll learn how to create a DC motor circuit and switch that lets you control the drawing machine.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to build a DC motor circuit to move a gear-based drawing machine with 2 gears, a switch and a battery
  • Using a soldering iron to complete the circuit
  • Observation and creative problem-solving
  • How electricity, voltage and currents work.

What you’ll get to take home:

  • Your very own working cycloid drawing machine.

Monday 20 January 2020: 10am – 1pm

Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
Suitable for: Ages 12–15
Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. For young makers interested in DIY projects, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering and learning
Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
Bring: A bottle of water and a snack. All work materials are provided.

Parents/guardians are required to remain in the library during the workshop.

We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please call us.

Facilitator: Laura Jade

Laura is an illumination artist and interaction designer. For over 10 years, Laura has created and delivered workshops for events, festivals, schools and museums. She is the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.



Monday 20 January 2020 from 10am to 1pm


Concession: $60.00

Accessibility services

  • Mobility access
  • Hearing loop

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