1. Discuss Simple Machines – types, classes, uses
Video - Simple Machines for Kids
2. Lego Simple Machines Kits – I will plan to use them just about as they are. After each, we will ask them to identify the simple machine or machines involved.
Do in groups of 4
a. Car Launchers – Early Level Kits (Blue box #9656)
b. Spinning Tops – Early Level Kits (Blue box #9656)
Do in groups of 2
c. Catapult “C” – Primary Level Kits (White box #9689)
d. Crazy Floors “D” – Primary Level Kits (White box #9689)
3. Show some videos of Rube Goldberg designs
4. Have them design a Rube Goldberg that contains at least three types of simple machines and build it. Five bonus points for a fourth machine.