Design a Multi-tool- In this authentic task, scaffolded for students with special needs, students will design a comlex machine and market it by creating and filming an infomercial.
How can we make work easier?
Collaboratively developed by J.E. Lapointe Science 8 Teachers and Terra Kaliszuk (AISI Instructional Coach)
How would hockey be different if . . .?
In this concept introduction task, students will explore a thinking device (a powerful question) to consider the impact that levers have on work.
How can we change the effort force needed to lift a load?
Lab Problem: How can you design a prototype lever to reduce effort force?
In this collaborative lab activity, students will design prototype levers, measure the effort force required to lift a load, and revise their prototypes to reduce the effort force needed to complete the task.
Amazing Machines: The Cereal Edition
Project created by M. Rosentreter, Warburg School. Assisted by Steve Trueman, BGRS Instructional Coach
Topic 1 Levers and Inclined Planes
Simple Machines: Inclined Planes Use these three activities to explore Inclined Planes and why they reduce the input force necessary to raise an object. (Calgary Academy Login)
Topic 2 The Wheel and Axle, Gears and Pulleys
Simple Machines: Pulleys Use these three activities to explore how moveable pulleys reduce the force needed to raise an object. (Calgary Academy Login)
Simple Machines: Gears Use these two activities to explore how gears work and what advantage they have to cyclists. (Calgary Academy Login)
Pulley System A java applet that allows you to change the number of pulleys and determine the mechanical advantage.
Exploratorium Investigate the drives and gears of a bicycle.
Topic 3 Energy, Friction and Efficiency
The Inclined Plane This applet allows you to study the relationship between friction and the force required to move an object along an inclined plane.
Topic 4 Force, Pressure and Area
Topic 5 Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Tpoic 6 Combining Systems
How Hydraulic Machines Work Investigate the hydraulics of backhoes, airplanes, car brakes, and loaders.
Topic 7 Machines Throughout History
Inventing, Inventors, Inventions - Describe the structure and function of the classic simple machines and how they relate to more complex inventions.
Gizmo Highway The history of various machines from the airship to the DVD.
Topic 8 People and Machines
Made In Canada Canadian inventions and inventors.
Alberta Inventors and Inventions A dynamic resource for learning about Alberta Inventors and Inventions.
Simple Machines: Overview Simple machines are everywhere in our lives, but how do they work? Use these activities to explore inclined planes, gears and pulleys as well as the ideas of speed ratios and mechanical advantages. (Calgary Academy Login)