This course is an important introduction to the physical sciences, examining the concepts of work, force, and mechanical advantage. It explores the ways in which the six simple machines have been key elements of human advancement, both past and present. The course invites students to build and experiment with simple machines, testing the laws of science in action along the way.
In the course, students learn through watching videos delivered by a master teacher, reading, experimenting, building, observing, and by solving problems.
By integrating elements of science, engineering, and math, the course gives students a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which simple machines help people work.
The course is designed for students aged 9 - 12. In order to work with the math introduced in the course, students should be comfortable working with multi-digit multiplication and division and have a basic understanding of ratios.
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