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Home NASA Connections Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Grade Level 5-8, 9-12, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Matter Physical Science, Math
Target Audience Students
Event Focus The Space Shuttle, the most complex machine ever built, weighs almost four and one-half million pounds. How do you suppose NASA lift the parts to join them together and then gets the whole assembly up onto the launch pad? Do you think it can be done with technology that goes back thousands of years?
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Simple machines have been used for thousands of years and yet are still the basis for our modern complex machines. Simple machines are devices that are generally used to multiply force at the expense of distance, although the reverse is sometimes desired. The event will discuss and demonstrate simple machines, cover forces, ratios, and mechanical advantage, and demonstrate how complex machines are combinations of simple machines.
Instructional Objectives
  • 100% of the participants will know that simple machines can modify forces
  • 100% of the students will recognize that complex machines are combinations of simple machines.
  • At least 80% of the students will be aware that NASA uses simple machines in complex tasks

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    Simple Machines
    Written by: Naddda On: 15 Nov 2010
    Cann i get a picture ?

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    3rd Grade Science
    Written by: Jenn Sagendorf On: 02 Jun 2009

    I schedule sessions for multiple classes.  (Tech support)  My first session with Simple Machines was actually a collaborative effort with 3 classes.  I was a little worried about the level of interactivity that could be obtained with that many students.  Although I would not recomend it, the presenter did a fabulous job! 

    I also had a single classroom participate at a different time.  Amazing!!  I will definitely schedule this program again!  Cool  The presenter knew exactly how to bring difficult concepts down to "kid level".  I was impressed.  We scheduled this as a review prior to state testing. (Simple Machines was a topic that the students had at the beginning of the year.)  Great refresher!!  I know they came away with a more solid grasp on the concepts.  The teachers were impressed!

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    Simple Machines
    Written by: Betty Melton On: 02 Jun 2009
    This was an excellent program for our third graders. The students were really engaged. Out facilitator did a great job instructing, realizing that this was in introductory lesson for our unit. I would suggest that the content of the lesson get started a little quicker.

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    Written by: Mary Lou Lysaght On: 01 Jun 2009
    this is an excellent conference.  Our facilitator, Tom Benson, is great with the kids.  He is a rocket scinetist who can relate to 5th grade children.  It is better if the children have some background on the topics. 

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    Info request
    Written by: Roger On: 13 Feb 2009
    Is there a way that we might make this presentation more relevant to your students?

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