Increase your knowledge of mechanics through activities using gears and levers. Determine ways to increase your efficiency and mechanical advantage.
Major Concepts To Be Explored:
- Simple machines make our work easier with trade-offs between force and distance.
- There are six simple machines that produce mechanical advantage.
- Simple machines are part of our daily lives.
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Goals of the Class:
- To introduce the six types of simple machines.
- To allow students to explore the mechanical advantages and trade-offs of each one.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify each of the six simple machines.
- Understand the scientific definition of work.
- Distinguish the relationship between force and distance with respect to simple machines.
- Appreciate that simple machines help us in our daily lives by making work easier.
Methods and Activities:
- A Discovery Place educator will engage participants with an exciting mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments and eye-catching visual displays.
- A brief introduction will familiarize students with the scientific definition of work and the six simple machines.
- Students will work in cooperative groups to explore all six types of simple machines through inquiry-based activities.
Simple machine, work, force, distance, lever, pulley, wheel and axle, screw, wedge, inclined plane, mechanical advantage
- Approximate set-up and clean-up time is 30 minutes before and after program.
- Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Grade 7
- Duration: 50 minutes
$14 per student (includes Museum admission)
- minimum 15 students