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Not So Simple

Compound machines, nothing more than a combination of simple machines working together, are the focus of an activity that asks class members to use the provided information to take a look at the way innovators combine simple machines to improve on existing products. The resource also provides an introduction to Rube Goldberg and his crazy inventions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in compound machines, or a picture of them, and have the class determine the simple machines that comprise the machines
  • Research some of the Rube Goldberg designs and identify the simple machines within the designs
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should be familiar enough with simple machines so they can recognize them in other contexts
  • The seventh in a 10-part series
Pros

  • The resource contains a vocabulary list along with definitions
  • Includes an engineering connection section that discusses how engineers go about designing a new product
Cons

  • The lesson plan does not include instructional methods
Included Materials

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  • Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary