What is a Simple Machine?
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
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.
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.
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
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Inventors of the Past
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