A Collaborative Project in which
Learn about Simple Machines
Build a Complex Machine
Describe their Machine
Exchange Technical Descriptions
with a Collaborative Partner
Reproduce a Complex Machine from
their Collaborative Partner Description
Create a device, using a combination of three simple machines,
that will move a ping-pong ball horizontally a minimum of one meter, vertically
a minimum of 30 centimeters, and deposit the ball into a cup.
Describe the device so that another class can replicate
it, while at the same time your class replicates their design.
Compare the actual and replicated devices.
here to see examples of some student devices.
These Simple Machine images have been provided courtesy of the Franklin
Institute Science Museum.
This project has been developed by
teachers from The New Brunswick School District in conjunction with CIESE
at Stevens Institute of Technology, the Bank Street College of Education,
and Saint Peter's College with support through an Eisenhower Professional
Development Program that is administered by the New Jersey State Department