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Simple Machines For Kids

What is a Simple Machine?

Simple Machines
A machine is a tool used to make work easier. Simple machines are simple tools used to make work easier. Compound machines have two or more simple machines working together to make work easier. Once you are pretty sure you understand these, take the interactive quiz about simple machines you might find in your daily life.

Video illustrations of Simple Machines

Inclined Plane
Wheel & Axle

Simple Machines Game
There are spare robot parts all over the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. It’s the job of Twitch to go and collect them. It won’t be easy, and that’s the problem: our adorable-but-lazy friend likes things easier. It’s up to you and Twitch to use found objects to create simple machines, devices that will help him solve challenges with a minimum of force, collect the parts and stay out of trouble.

Simple Machines Learning Site
Understanding Pulleys, Levers, Wedges, Wheels & Axles, Inclined Planes, and Screws.

Simple Machines
These devices were all in common use for centuries before Leonardo’s time. Each one makes work easier to do by providing some trade-off between the force applied and the distance over which the force is applied.

by Kelly Doudna
Wheel and axle, wedge, and screw. Lever and pulley and inclined plane, too! Learning about the six simple machines has never been more fun! Through exciting science projects and activities kids can easily do at home or school, tomorrow’s scientists and engineers will have a blast learning about simple machines and how they make daily life easier. This book is the perfect STEM companion for curious minds at home or in the classroom.
Book includes: biographical spotlights on famous scientists and inventors; introduction to each simple machine, including real-world examples & history; materials & tools list; infographics; step-by-step instructions and photos; safety information; timeline; glossary; and index.

See also:
Science Supplies to purchase special parts for some projects.
Homemade Instruments to get plans for making your own music.
Plans for Making a Toy Car for Kids
Be an Inventor, Become an Engineer
Inventors of the Past
How do Buildings and Things in Buildings Work?

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