Exploring Simple Machines
Investigate all the ways inclined planes and other simple machines work and impact motion.
The Big Idea: Inclined planes and other simple machines make our everyday lives easier, and can be found in a variety of forms. Simple machines can be changed and altered for multiple functions and levels of effectiveness.
3 options available, appropriate for Pre-K – 1
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP VIDEO RENTAL ($100): You will have 2-week access to a playlist of videos, and you can break up our instructional and educational videos however you please. Videos may be shown or streamed only to classrooms at one school or site only.
Video package includes:
- Three recorded activities
- Go on a scavenger hunt for simple machines around the Museum and wherever you are!
- Investigate ways to modify and affect inclined planes.
- Use recycled materials to create a Zipline that can safely transport a toy.
- Three recorded videos
- Make predictions on rolling and sliding objects in the Museum’s SpotHero Car Garage exhibit.
- Compare the tracks different objects make as they travel on inclined planes.
- Explore what each of the 6 simple machines are
- 1 recorded story time
- Activity instructions provided in English and Spanish to support learning at school and at home
ADD-ON SUPPLY KITS ($50): Why waste time and money collecting supplies? We’ll ship 30 individual kits of supplies to one location with materials needed for three of the recorded activities. (Kits sold in sets of 30 only.)
ADD-ON LIVE session ($50): Includes a 20-minute live presentation for one classroom from a Museum educator with an activity exploring simple machines. Please note, live presentation requires supply kits.
Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards
11.A Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
12.C Explore the physical properties of objects
12.D Explore learning concepts of force and motion
13.B Use tools and technology to assist with science and engineering investigations
Common Core Standards
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.MD.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.MD.A.2 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.
Next Generation Science Standards
K-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
K-PS2-2 Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.
2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose
K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
K-2-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.