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Embark on a journey of playful learning and holistic development
Certification Awarded Upon Completion
July 5, 2022 - August 11, 2022 (6 Weeks)
Tuesday & Thursday (4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST)
12 Classes (2 Classes per week)
USD per learner
About The Course
How can we cultivate a child’s engineering skills? How can we spark students’ interests in building practical machines? Kids are naturally curious builders, and it’s a testament to their imaginations that big machines and construction fascinate so many of them. Now they will have the opportunity to build models of real-world machines. Building machines has significant cognitive and academic benefits for children of all ages. Not only are they fun and exciting, but they help kids develop a wide variety of skills and abilities.
During this course, students will learn through problem solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and critical thinking. They will lead class discussions, enjoy multiple hands-on practical projects, explore the evolution of machines, and create a compound machine as their final project.
We will start off by introducing force and motion to students and incorporating simulations to engage students in exploring how force makes objects move and how it affects the motion of objects. Moreover, students will learn through the concepts of weight, gravity, and mass. With a fun hands-on gravity drop activity, students will test out how gravity affects different objects. Now we will bring up concepts of work and power. The students will discover the relationship between work and power and also real-life applications. Then, it’s time to focus on machines! Students will make connections with the benefits and purposes of using machines in daily life and understanding the different types of machines. Students will plan, design, and prepare materials to build a marshmallow launcher. This activity provides kids with an exciting and playful experience that also gives students opportunities to practice important science concepts they learned, such as power, force, and gravity. These fun and interactive classes will lay a solid foundation for students’ future learning.
All of the mechanical devices in the world can be broken down into combinations of six basic simple machines: the lever, inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw, wedge, and pulley.
We will encourage and guide students to learn each of these simple machines. After the learning process, we will engage students in 360˚ videos of cities all over the world with the goal of finding real-life simple machine examples. To consolidate, each student will choose and build one of the simple machines. These classes will help students explore new concepts and ideas in a hands-on and active way, allowing them to be much more engaged in the learning process.
Now, let’s discuss compound machines! Compound machines are made up of two or more simple machines and can be constructed to make work much simpler! Students will get to know the common combinations of simple machines within complex machines, and the evolution of machines. Through brainstorming and identifying inconveniences we experience in daily life, students will sketch their ideas and prepare materials for building a compound machine to overcome the problems. In the end, students will build a compound machine step by step according to their plans and present their model in the class to get feedback from their teacher and fellow students. By bringing real-life context to the curriculum through a PBL approach, students are encouraged to become independent workers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners.
Who Is This Course For?
The student who loves to plan, build, test, and improve their own creations.
The Problem Solver
The student who brainstorms and finds possible solutions to the problem or challenge.
The student who uses creativity to bring imagination into reality.
Science & Machinery Educator
Hi, my name is Ms. Steph. I’m an enthusiastic educator and I have a Bachelor of Science degree and am currently pursuing my Master of Education degree. I’ve always been very creative and especially enjoy crafting. I’ve carried this passion with me into the classroom for the past four years by prioritizing hands-on projects to teach science. For two years, I have overseen the engineering program of an “Around the World” themed summer camp. I started by showing students the country’s landmarks and then, discussed how we could build similar models. Students recreated the landmarks in the classroom.
Engineering in Action
Do you know that many of the everyday tools and objects we use are machines? In this innovative and interactive course, each student will create their own machine out of household items. This course will be engaging with a focus on cultivating an engineering mindset. Students will learn different scientific concepts such as force, motion, power, weight, mass, and work. They will first explore the six types of simple machines and then go on to discuss complex machines. Students’ curiosity and creativity will be enriched as they explore real-life applications of machinery and even create their own homemade machine to solve daily life inconveniences! The class will include all types of interactive and fun activities, allowing each student to stretch their imagination and foster cognitive growth.
5 - 7 Students
8 - 12
Via Zoom Video
Minutes per Session
After the course, the students will be able to list and explain different science concepts such as force and motion. They will be able to demonstrate the concepts they learned through building a marshmallow launcher. The students will be able to match and describe the different types of simple machines and recognize the real-life applications of simple machines. The students will be able to compare and contrast the simple and compound machines and identify the simple machines within the compound machines. They will be able to link and predict the modern machines’ functions through learning the evolution of machines. The students will be able to design and build simple and compound machines to solve their life inconveniences based on what they learned. They will be able to implement their machines into reality to test out the functions of the machines they built.
Concepts and Foundations
I understand the concepts of force and motion, weight and mass, as well as power and work. I understand the relationship between each pair. I can identify each concept in a machine. I know how to build a machine using the combination of the six concepts. I can identify problems with my machine. I can identify potential solutions. I can test solutions using experimental measures and the scientific method.
Data and Predictions
I can identify the six simple machines: lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, screw and wedge. I know the functions of the six simple machines. I know the requirements for a machine to be a compound machine. I know how simple machines work together to perform more complex tasks. I can identify different simple machines used in a compound machine. I know when and why we used machines in ancient times. I can compare and contrast ancient and modern machines.
Efficiencies and Applications
I can draw a plan for my machine. I can identify and prepare proper materials. I can identify problems with my machine. I can identify potential solutions. I can test solutions using experimental measures and the scientific method. I can identify the machines used in my daily life. I can identify real life inconveniences. I know how to design and build machines to solve real life inconveniences.