The Importance of Simple Machines- in recognition of National Engineering Week Feb. 16-22, 2020 Vol.

Our Posterity = Our Children

Enhancing our children's S.T.E.A.M education is imperative to their success and will help them become innovators of the future.

S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Hands-on activities helps us to cognitively and visually see how things work. By creating things with our hands, we can understand and appreciate the importance of its existence. We can also become better at:

Brainstorming

Creativity

Critical Thinking

Independent Thinking

Problem solving

Teamwork


Our favorite week of the year has arrived! National Engineering week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Each year, this week is acknowledged by thousands of schools, businesses, and communities. The aim of this project is to help children and adults understand the importance of high-level math, science and technology literacy and to motivate youths to seek out careers in engineering and technology.

What is an Engineer and what do they do?


Engineers apply different Math and Science principles to either develop something new or improve something that already exists! Engineers use the help of simple machines to help build their new creations.

What are Simple Machines?

One way that way that we can get children excited about engineering is to teach them about simple machines. Simple machines help to make our workload easier. By adding mechanical advantage to a problem, simple machines can add to or change the direction of force to make a job easier!

Here are six types of simple machines:

Let's Talk About Levers

Levers can help lift heavy objects with little or no effort. By helping children understand this simple, basic function, they can get a better idea about how a machine works!


Levers involve moving different types of loads around a pivot (fulcrum) using force. They help lift heavy objects with little or no effort. Here are some levers that can be used around our homes:

  • Pliers

  • Scissors

  • See-Saw

  • Wheelbarrow

Check out the videos below to help your children better understand how levers work!

Make Me Genius

Ted-Ed

Sci Show Kids

For more information on levers, check out the Inventors of Tomorrow website!

Science

Technology

Engineering Activities

Art

Math

Let's experiment with Levers!

Let's show our children the power and functionality of a lever by using different length foam boards to lift different weights! For this activity you will need:

  • foam board

  • Binder clip (fulcrum)

  • paper cups

  • pennies (or other type of weight)

For more information on this activity visit the DiscoverE.org website.

We can also teach our younger children about levers by having them build a catapult! In this activity you will need:

  • Plastic spoons

  • Rubber bands

  • Tape

  • Something to launch (we used foam blocks)

  • Cylindrical blocks

Go to Play Teach Repeat for more information.

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