These activities and resources will help explain and reinforce topics studied in the Simple Machines unit. Clicking on the links on this page will open a new window.



Simple Machines

This website introduces the six simple machines

This website has interactive activities which explain Simple and Complex Machines

Identify the Simple Machines in this on-line activity

Pulley Lab You will need to know your Learn Alberta username and password to access this site, if you don't know them ask your teacher.

Playing with Pulleys

How Stuff Works: Block and Tackle

How Stuff Works: Gears

Gear Basics Video

How Stuff Works: Gear Ratios

The Science of Cycling

Free Ride, explore gear ratios on a bike

How to Calculate Mechanical Advantage, video

This website explains what friction is and how it works

What causes lift on airplanes?

Lift and Drag on airplanes

Pneumatic Actuator Systems You might have to create a free account on the Teacher's Domain Website to use this activity

Energy in a Roller Coaster Ride You might have to create a free account on the Teacher's Domain Website to use this activity

Amusement Park Physics

Galileo's Experiments

How Stuff Works: Hydraulics

How Stuff Works: Nail Guns

How Stuff Works: Automatic Transmissions

Steam Machine

Simple Machines Games

Mechanical Madness Game

Use a Lever to Lift an Obelisk into Place

Move the Moai Game

Build a Trebuchet and Destroy the Castle

The Science of Hockey