For all the resources,
Be Sure to Visit the Simple Machine Page FIRST
Review the Previous Workshop's Links and Activities
Pre-Requisite: Go to Edheads http://edheads.org/ and click on Simple Machines. Complete the activity.
Essential Questions: How are water and machinery connected? How does studying tools/ inventions/ machines/ technological advances help us understand history and vice-versa? How do machines fit into your curriculum?
Complex machines from Edheads at http://edheads.org. Try that Odd Machine out.
Group work:Do your own Gadget Anatomy
1) In small groups, examine your machine in detail. Take turns operating the machine while the others watch to see how each part moves.
2) Discuss answers to the following questions:
What is the function of this machine? How many moving parts does it have? How are the moving parts connected to each other? What does each moving part do in the machine? Which parts are elements of machines?
3) Place the machine at rest so that everyone in the group can see it and distribute paper, pencils and erasers. Begin sketching diagrams of your machine. Draw the machine from your own point of view first. Later you can trade places and draw it from different points of view to show all working parts.
When the diagrams are completed, add arrows and written notes to indicate directions of motion for each part, label the elements of machines involved, and explain connections.
Choose a Design Challenge and brainstorm about how you might create a machine to accomplish the task.
Go to the virtual labs from the University of Utah. These are very good. Complete a lab with a partner
Hands-on: Create gears, belt drive and/or cam shaft
Design a Rube Goldberg machine! Continue with Design Challenge