Monday, February 25, 2013

Creating Simple Machines with Junk

Use recycled items to create simple machines.

Who knew that a pile of junk could create such an inspiring science lesson?  A bunch of the teachers at my school keep a pile of random junk – toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, water bottles etc.  We have used this junk to create a variety of things this year, but this project was one of the best! 

Use recycled items to create simple machines.

  After our week of reading about and studying simple machines, we took a class to create simple machine out of the junk.  It was a great way for my students to think about the elements of the simple machines and how they come together.  The students worked together as groups and were able to create all 7 simple machines, using some interesting creativity.  Here are two examples of their gears:

Use recycled items to create simple machines.                 Use recycled items to create simple machines.

How do you use the “junk pile” in your classroom?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources