You can use these links to complete the one-pager assignment about Maillardet's automaton.
CBS Sunday Morning video The Lost Art of Automata Lives Again
The Maillardet automaton in action
Read Andrew Baron’s essay
If you have time, check out the videos on this website of a company that restores old automata.http://automatomania.co.uk/
If you finish this assignment before class is over, this is an excellent opportunity to work on the William the Conqueror extra credit.