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Machines are at the heart of nearly every engineering project. In this series, younger students will learn the major types, how they work and how to build and utilize a variety of simple machines each week, including pulleys, levers, wheels and axles, inclined planes, screws and wedges, all to understand concepts of mechanical advantage, friction, conservation of energy and more!

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TUE - 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Skill Level


Grade Level

Gr 3-5

Session 1

TUE: Sep 10, 2019 - Oct 29, 2019 [4:30 - 6:00 PM]



Week 1:

What is a machine?: Students are introduced to the concept of machines and how they integrate into our everyday lives.

Week 2:

Pulleys: Students learn how to build a pulley, the forces they alleviate, and how they make work easier!

Week 3:

Levers: Students learn how to build a lever, the forces they alleviate, and how to use them to lift objects heavier than the force exerted!

Week 4:

Wheels and axles: The mechanics of wheels and axles are shown to build a small car they can race at the end of class!

Week 5:

Inclined Planes: Students are challenged to imagine how to use an inclined plane to solve a problem.

Week 6:

Screws: Students utilize a "screw machine" to observe how objects are easily moved within a plane.

Week 7:

Wedges: Students learn how wedges function to separate two objects or portions of an object, lift up an object, or hold an object in place.

Week 8:

Invention week: Students take all they've learned to build a Rube Goldberg device that gets the egg from one end of the table to the other without breaking!

Session 2

TUE: Nov 5, 2019 - Jan 14, 2020 [4:30 - 6:00 PM]
(No class on Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 31)

Session 3

TUE: Jan 21, 2020 - Mar 10, 2020 [4:30 - 6:00 PM]

Session 4

TUE: Mar 17, 2020 - May 19, 2020 [4:30 - 6:00 PM]
(No class on Mar 31, Apr 7)

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