Simple Machines Project

This Simple Machines Project activity & project also includes:

The choice is simple: create a PowerPoint presentation, write a book, or invent a compound machine. Whichever project your young scientists choose, they will be engaged in creatively demonstrating their knowledge of simple machines and how they help make work easier.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use these projects to wrap up a physical science unit on work and energy
  • Schedule this project in conjunction with your school's science fair, giving students the opportunity to share their work with kids from all grade levels
Classroom Considerations

  • You will have to decide how much time to dedicate to completing these projects in class and plan accordingly, as they each require different materials and resources including computers with presentaiton software
Pros

  • Rubrics are provided for assessing each of the project options
  • Each project description includes a clear list of requirements
  • Projects can be adapted for use across the elementary and middle school grade levels
Cons

  • Project descriptions include due dates and other information specific a particular class, which can only be modified using Adobe Acrobat Pro