Simple Machines Incursion (Levels 3 – 6)

Theme: Design & Technology – Engineering
Level: 3 – 6

Students will explore design technologies used in different types of machines. They will investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of machines.


  • Discuss prior knowledge of simple machines: levers, gears, wheels, pulleys and incline planes.
  • Test different designs for a particular purpose and see which design does the job best.
  • Observe and discuss a demonstration of a small student lifting a larger student with the assistance of a simple lever.
  • Explore a variety of tools and compare the lever systems in each.
  • Compare our two systems to experience the effect of single and double pulleys.
  • Explore a range of gear systems and observe the speed and direction of each cog.
  • Experiment with simple electrical circuits and motors.
  • Recognise all the simple machines within an old-fashioned eggbeater.


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