Simple Machines, Hands-On Engineering & Science for Kids, Pop-Up Class Series & Writing Project
We successfully wrapped up our curriculum-rich five week Simple Machines class for elementary students in January. Children and their parents met us once a week for an hour after school in an outdoor space at the Museum of Ventura County in downtown Ventura.
Each class included an introduction to specific simple machines and multiple hands-on activities for participants. Simple Machines introduced to participants included pulleys, levers, inclined planes, wheel + axle, screws, and wedges. During the final class, participants constructed toys using simple machines, and brought in simple machines they made at home out of recycled materials. Each machine used a combination of simple machines that, ultimately, popped a balloon. This simple machines series of lessons have been converted into files available for purchase.