Inclined planes

Simple Machines

There are spare robot parts all over the Museum. It's the job of Twitch (up there, in red) to go and collect them. It won't be easy, and that's the problem: our adorable-but-lazy friend likes things easier. It's up to you and Twitch to use found objects to create simple machines, devices that will help him solve challenges with a minimum of force, collect the parts and stay out of trouble.

Simple Machines (1998)

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When a group of children attempt to move their play fort, they realize that six simple machines make the work much easier by changing either force or distance. They learn to identify real-world examples of simple machines including the lever, pulley, wedge, wheel and axle, inclined plane, and screw.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:16
Simple Machines

Simple and Compound Machines (1998)

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When "Hardware Hal" holds a "Simple and Compound Machines Sale" he demonstrates to his assistants the six simple machines: the lever, wedge, inclined plane, pulley, wheel & axle, and screw. Shows how these machines make work easier by changing force, direction, or distance.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
00:20
Simple and Compound Machines

Everyday Simple Machines (2007)

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A day does not go by without using simple machines. This program explores the six major types of simple machines with practical, colorful examples of each.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
00:15
Everyday Simple Machines