Ancient Greece Simple Machine STEM Challenge

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Ancient Greece Simple Machine STEM Challenge

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Subjects: Engineering Design, General Science, History, Math

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th 

Resource Type: Stage 2 - Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 2 hours

Total Pages: 24

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Take your students on a educational journey to Ancient Greece with this complete lesson! Read the letter from fictitious travel guides explaining the history of the Greek mathematician Archimedes and introducing simple machines. Students will learn about forces and the six simple machines as they complete demonstration activities and build a simple machine playground! A simple machine scavenger hunt helps solidify their understanding before students dive into the mission. Using the engineering design process, student teams are then tasked with designing an various playground equipment that represent each simple machine-- a seesaw is a lever, a merry-go-round is a wheel and axle, etc! Students also learn about the STEM careers of mechanical engineering and material science to bring in a real-world STEM connection. The included mission-related math problems extend the learning fun!

As with many STEM activities that are student-driven, this challenge can be tailored to students of various skill levels and abilities.

Included in this product:

  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources

  • Grading rubric for the engineering design process

  • STEM Career Connections

  • Demonstration activity instructions

  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process

  • Activity worksheets

  • Math extension problems