Marvelous Mechanical Motions

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Marvelous Mechanical Motions
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Pat Konkle, a retired machinist from Colorado, created a set of mechanical displays that demonstrate a variety of working gears. It’s an amazing piece of work. Mike Neden of Pittsburg State’s Kansas Technology Center came upon these displays on a trip and with help from Pitsco Education turned them into freestanding exhibits. Mike said that Konkle created these displays in his machine shop as his wife’s health was failing. He brought a comfortable chair into the machine shop for her and she sat there while he worked away on creating these marvels of mechanical motion.

The video above shows four different displays, and ends with my favorite which has a wonderful sound. Mike Neden describes some of the action.

I’d love to have these displays at a Maker Faire someday.

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  1. amy lynn says:

    Come join us October 9-11th 2015 in #Colorado!

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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