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Legos: Simple machines

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January 2010 Documents 


Build your own catapult.doc - these are instructions to build a catapult at home.  A quick and fun project - 10 minutes in length!

Levers and Pulleys Activity.doc


Heavy Lifting.doc


Catapult Activity.doc


Lego Activity Station.doc 


simple machines -post.doc


2009 Documents


Hands On Experiments for Simple Machines.pdf


Catapult Kit, Edmund Scientific ($24.95), Steve Spangler ($29.95)--better one is available from Thames & Cosmos.


Balancing Man, Steve Spangler ($12.95)--KRI: This is ok--hard for my 5 year old to do the balancing; might work better with older, and patient, children.


Pulley Discovery KitSteve Spangler ($18.95)-purchased by a parent-KRI: I found this difficult to use and it only had minimal directions. I recommend that you keep looking for alternate kits.


SuperStructs Wacky MachinesSteve Spangler ($59.95)--KRI: This is like TinkerToys, but made with plastic and including gears. Lots of fun, but maybe not better than TinkerToys.



Learning Resources: Mulitple kits for creating simple machines, price range from $35-$75.00


Super Balls, $5.95--KRI: I got this one at the Boy Scout shop (also available at Target)--really works: 'machine' is a polymer-demonstates potential and kinetic energy. (KRI); see Kit Testing for Physics for a 'review'.




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