Moving Toy Mechanisms

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Who says playing around in class is a bad idea? Precocious physicists engage in building mechanisms that include cams, gears, pulleys, and levers using an interactive lesson. After completing toy tutorials about each topic, users build a larger mechanism that incorporates all four. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide a printer so pupils can print their toy designs for further use
  • Build on the activity by providing basic mechanisms and introducing a build challenge
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Internet access for the majority of the lesson
Pros
  • Humorous cartoon characters guide the way using silly scenarios
  • The resource can support up to three pupils working together
Cons
  • The lesson contains a few spelling errors