Simple Machines & Mechanisms Basics
The links below are intended to provide background knowledge to in-service teachers taking JMU Course ISAT 501. Sites are not listed in any particular order.
(Adults should ALWAYS preview sites before providing them to children.)
Ed Heads Simple Machines
Simple Machines Glossary Page
Simple Machines Teacher’s Guide
The Compound Machine
Learn how forces and simple machines can work together.
MIKIDS.com - Simple Machines
Descriptions of 6 simple machines.
Simple Machine Construction Site Undergoing Reconstruction
Online activites and classroom ready lessons.
Simple Machines Learning Site
Explanations of simple machines and on-line quiz.
Lesson plans and activities for Pulleys, Gears, Levers, Inclined Planes, and the Screw.
Level: Primary, Junior
Inventor's Tool Box - Simple Machines
An on-line test of simple machines found in household gadgets.
Classroom Activity: Sketching Gadger Anatomy
Simple Machines The Franklin Institute
Simple Machines - Game
Harcourt School Publishers
TEACH Engineering Lesson: Engineering: Simple Machines
Click on drivers and gears to read about the function of gears on a bike.
http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/ (home - FREE downloads are no longer available)
http://www.robives.com/mechs Part of “Flying Pig” website. Specifically describes and demonstrates the different mechanisms and motion created as well as transferring motion.
http://www.technologystudent.com/index.htm (home) This site is always being updated. Visit often.
This link will take you to mechanisms. Each link goes to an animated example.
Gears & Pulleys
d&t online mechanisms
How Stuff Works -Gears
How Gear Ratios Work
An on-line look at gears, ratio, planetary gears.
Putting Gears to Work
Different Types of Levers & Linkages
Worksheets can be downloaded. Directions are given step-by-step with animation and voiceovers. (FYI - This site has begun charging a fee.)