Simple Machines

Simple Machines School Program

Program Description

How did the Ancient Egyptians move massive stone blocks across the desert? As this program demonstrates, they did it all with simple machines. Students will be challenged to move a heavy object using wheels and axles, ramps and pulleys. They will also have to decide where to place a fulcrum in order to perfectly balance two loads. Finally, they will experiment with creative ways of moving their heavy load, using as many different simple machines as possible.

Curriculum Links

ONTARIO QUEBEC
Grade 2 Science and Technology –
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Movement
Elementary Cycle 2 Science and Technology –
Material World: Systems and Interactions

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links:

Ontario Quebec

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Fees

$9 per student.
Includes Museum admission.
A minimum fee of $135 will be charged per group.

CSTM
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Grade Level:
Grade 1 - Grade 3 (Ontario)
Elementary Cycle 1 - Elementary Cycle 2 (Quebec)
Fee
$9 per student
Duration
60 minutes
Dates Offered
September to May
Max Group Size
30
Program Location
At the Museum