School Programs 2018-2019

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Program description

We can use all kinds of simple machines to help us move heavy loads. Students are challenged to move a heavy object using wheels and axles, ramps and pulleys. They also need to determine how to place a fulcrum in a see-saw to perfectly balance two loads. Finally, students experiment with creative solutions to move their heavy load, using as many different simple machines as possible.

Curriculum links

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

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links: Ontario Quebec (PDF, 182 KB)

Teacher tips

Make name tags to help the museum educator build rapport with students. Students may bring a lunch or purchase one from the museum’s café.


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


To reserve this program, please complete the online reservation request form.

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