These simple machines projects are a great hands-on way for your students to see how simple machines can be used in real life applications. The students will first search for simple machines being used in pictures and then design their own machine using four or more simple machines. These projects bring an inquiry-based STEM approach to your classroom.
Supplies needed for this activity:
*Project 1-You will need magazines, paper, glue or tape, colored pencils for drawing, cameras, and computers for the students to be able to use. Note that cameras are not a necessity for this project, so if you don’t have any the students can still do the project. You could also allow students to use their phones as cameras, and they can email themselves the pictures. If you don’t have computers for the students to use to type and print labels, the students can cut the list of six simple machines off the directions sheet.
*Project 2-For the second project I usually require the students to bring in their own supplies or else draw out their plans. You could also choose to provide a few basic necessities such as cardboard, screws, wood scraps, old toy wheels, etc.
Included in this product:
*Project 1 Student Directions
*Project 1 Rubric
*Project 2 Student Directions
*Project 2 Rubric
*Project 2 Student Group Survey
*Project 2 Student Individual Survey