Simple Machines

Use these machines to gain a mechanical advantage and increase your efficiency through activities using gears, levers, inclined planes, pulleys and screws

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.

Essential Standards: 

7.P.2.2, 7.P.2.3, 7.P.2.4

Goals of the Program:

  • To introduce the six types of simple machines
  • To allow students to explore the mechanical advantages and trade-offs of each one.

Class Objectives:

Students 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.

Key Vocabulary:

Simple machine, work, force, distance, lever, pulley, wheel and axle, screw, wedge, inclined plane, mechanical advantage

Set-up Needs:

  • 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 Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 7
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students