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Yesterday, we had the class on making a simple automaton. It was the simplest paper one I could find, and it took - when everything went well - about 2 hours to make from cutting it out to the last part glued and dried.
I snagged a pattern from Kamibox (and gave them a donation for using it in the class).
The instructions weren't very clear, but in the end, I figured it out and was able to share that with the attendees.
And the first one was finished:
I'll have a longer diary in Top Comments on Monday, with more pictures.