Ancient Greece Simple Machine Playground STEM Challenge - Engineering Design

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Take your students on a educational journey to Ancient Greece with this complete lesson! Read the letter from fictitious travel guides explaining the history of the Greek mathematician Archimedes and introducing simple machines. Students will learn about forces and the six simple machines as they complete demonstration activities and build a simple machine playground! A simple machine scavenger hunt helps solidify their understanding before students dive into the mission. Using the engineering design process, student teams are then tasked with designing an various playground equipment that represent each simple machine-- a seesaw is a lever, a merry-go-round is a wheel and axle, etc! Students also learn about the STEM careers of mechanical engineering and material science to bring in a real-world STEM connection. The included mission-related math problems extend the learning fun!

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As with many STEM activities that are student-driven, this challenge can be tailored to students of various skill levels and abilities.

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  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
  • Grading rubric for the engineering design process
  • STEM Career Connections
  • Demonstration activity instructions
  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process
  • Activity worksheets
  • Math extension problems

Required Materials for Challenge: tape, scissors, paper plates, craft sticks, binder clips, string, straws, paper, pipe cleaners, cardboard tube, craft sticks, spoons, rubber bands, paperclips, and paper cups.

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Total Pages
24 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.

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