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Investigate and experiment with models of Motorized Simple Machines and the concept of motorization. A 9-volt motor enables students to bring their projects to life. Through the building of realistic motorized models.  Students work in pairs building projects for exploration and application of simple-machine concepts by building models of real-world devices including projects like a folding lawn chair, drawbridge, conveyor belt, turnstile, crane, and more.  

Students will predict, estimate, observe, measure, and record their investigations. In this way they exercise scientific inquiry skills, while experiencing physical science & technology first hand.


They work with:

  • Forces & Motion (forces, moving energy, friction, air resistance etc) 

  • Measurement (measuring distance, gearing down, gear ratios, calibrating scales etc) 

  • Energy (renewable energy, air resistance, friction, pressure, etc) 

  • Magnetism (properties of materials, magnets, attraction, repulsion etc) 

This class is designed to enable  students to explore scientific inquiry, physical science, technology, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and creativity in a fun and engaging way. In the advanced programs students discover problems and invent their solutions, behaving as scientists do - making their own discoveries along the way. Students will study forces and motion, simple machines, measurement, energy, magnetism, and more.

Key Concepts that student learn out of the motorized simple machines

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class Levers 

  • Inclined Plane Systems, including Screws and Wedges 

  • Wheel and Axles Systems 

  • Fixed and Movable Pulleys Systems 

  • Block and Tackle Systems 

  • Gearing Systems including 2-speed Transmission 

  • Rotary, Oscillating, and Reciprocating Motion .

Motorized & Simple Machines

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