Hours and Location

Simple Machines

A large lever sits on the floor of a white room. On one side of the lever is a young girl, on the other side is a man. Because of the placement of each person, the lever is tilting towards the girl. A museum guide watches from behind.

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


Grade 2 : Science and Technology – Structures and Mechanisms: Simple Machines and Movement


Elementary Cycle 2 : Science and Technology – Material World: Systems and Interactions

Teacher Resources

Before and after your museum visit, consult the Simple Machines Digital Learning Kit – specially designed to extend learning in the classroom!

Reference the following chaperone guides during your group's visit for tips on how to engage students with the exhibits.

Chaperone Guide 5 to 8 years

Chaperone Guide 8 to 12 years

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.

Teachers may preview the museum free of charge at any time, by presenting proof of their teaching status at the admission desk.

Consider familiarizing your group with our site with these tips to help plan your visit or by downloading a PDF document and PowerPoint presentation available below.



$9.75 per student.
Includes Museum admission.
A minimum fee of $146.25 will be charged per group.

Program Details

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Grade Level:
Grade 1 - Grade 3 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 1 - Elementary Cycle 2 (Quebec).
$9.75 per student
60 minutes
Dates Offered
October 4, 2022 to June 2, 2023
Max Group Size
Program Location
At the Museum