The 5th grade is completing their three week Physics unit and study of six simple machines. The unit is cross-curricular in nature as it ties in directly to the History unit of how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids using simple machines.
To add to the excitement, parent volunteers were on campus for the past few days with real life machines. Students were able to use various farm equipment, bicycles, and a class-made pulley to explore the topics covered in a hands-on and meaningful way.
Students then built their own simple machines as the culmination of the unit. Using K-NEX simple machine kits (purchased by the PPA) each group of students became engineers themselves and created their own fully-functioning simple machine. When they finished, each student had to make an oral presentation describing the various parts and how the machine works.
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