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A simple machine is a non-motorized device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. Ithat provide mechanical advantage (also called leverage). Usually the term refers to the six classical simple machines part of engineering and applied science. For example, wheels, levers, and pulleys are all used in the mechanism of a bicycle.
First Day Activities
Team Building Task-The Cup Challenge - take a rubber band and tie 6 strings to it (though I think 5 would work if you want smaller groups). Participants must use only the strings to move 6 cups into a pyramid formation. You can make this a competition between the groups or give them harder cup moving tasks.
STEM Catapult Math & Engineering Activity (Angles and Ratios)
This STEM catapult challenge involves engineering, geometry, ratios, critical thinking, and teamwork in an engaging activity your students will love! Using the engineering design process along with math skills, teams of students will build two catapult designs from common materials.
Magic Spheres (Science of Density) | Science Experiment
"For this trick, all you need is a bit of un-popped pop corn and a ball bearing." It's the perfect phrase to get all of the people around you excited for a bit of science magic. Many people don't realize that pop corn and ball bearings have a remarkable chemical reaction that turns the ball bearing into a ping pong ball. In fact, when you perform the demonstration, your audience won't believe their eyes.
Energy in a Roller Coaster Ride | PBS LearningMedia
This interactive roller coaster ride produced by WGBH illustrates the relationship between potential and kinetic energy. As the coaster cars go up and down the hills and around the loop of the track, a pie chart shows how energy is transformed back and forth between gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy.