From simple machines …

ABOUT THIS GRAPHIC STORY

Section 1 of this story (see below) looks at Simple Machines.

Section 2 looks at Machines that “Think” — see https://ai-ed.ca/machines-that-think

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SIMPLE MACHINES

MENU

Let’s learn about simple machines:

  1. robotics lab (p. 1)
  2. WEDGE (p. 2)
  3. INCLINED PLANE (p. 6)
  4. LEVER (p. 8)
  5. WHEEL & AXLE (p. 12)
  6. SCREW (p. 13)
  7. PULLEY (p. 15)
  8. make a machine

PAGE 1 – robotics lab


REFLECT

What do you know about simple machines?

  • Which of the simple machines do you use most often? For what purpose?
    • Wedge
    • Inclined plane
    • Lever
    • Wheel & axles
    • Screw
    • Pulley
  • Which is your favourite simple machine? Why?

PAGE 2 – the wedge


PAGE 3 – so many different wedges!


PAGE 4 – stone age wedges


PAGE 5 – bronze age wedges


REFLECT

What did you learn about the wedge?

  • What was most interesting?
  • What surprised you?
  • What else do you want to know?

PAGE 6 – the inclined plane in ancient Egypt


PAGE 7 – more inclined planes


REFLECT

What did you learn?

  • Some incline planes look like wedges? Are they wedges?
  • Is a wedge and an inclined planes the same simple machine?
  • Why? Or, why not?
  • What else do you want to know about inclined planes?

PAGE 8 – the lever


PAGE 9 – the teeter totter lever


PAGE 10 – class 1 and class 2 levers


PAGE 11 – class 3 levers


REFLECT

What did you learn about levers?

  • What was most interesting?
  • What surprised you?
  • What else do you want to know?

PAGE 12 – the wheel & axle in ancient Sumeria


REFLECT

What might have happened if …?

Imagine that wheel & axle were never invented?

How would our civilization have evolved differently?

How would your life be different?


PAGE 13 – the Archimedean water screw


PAGE 14 – screw = incline plane = wedge?


REFLECT

What did you learn about the screw?

  • What was most interesting?
  • What surprised you?
  • What else do you want to know?

PAGE 15 – the pulley


PAGE 16 – what did you learn about simple machines?


REFLECT

What did you learn about simple machines?

  • What was most interesting?
  • What surprised you?
  • What else do you want to know?

MAKE A MACHINE

Search for how to make a paper machine

Conduct an internet search to find instructions on how to make more complex paper-based machines, such as the Windmill (shown below).


continue to … machines that think!