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Getting to Work with Simple Machines

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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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Your Instructor


Dr. Deena Amiry
Dr. Deena Amiry
Dr. Deena Amiry earned her B.S. from Georgetown University with a certificate in education and a medal for outstanding achievement in student teaching. She earned her Masters’ degree from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance Languages, where she served as a lecturer of French language and literature. Dr. Amiry worked in several private schools in the United States, including the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. At Dalton, alongside teaching responsibilities, Dr. Amiry served as Dean of the 9th grade and department chair of middle and high school foreign languages.
In Egypt, Dr. Deena Amiry co-founded and headed the International School of Egypt in New Cairo in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Deena moved on and founded the Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE) microschool, an educational program for children ages 3-18 that aims to provide students with an education that prepares them for the 21st century. In 2019, alongside ACT’s founding team, Dr. Deena brought YSE under ACT’s umbrella to create a network of connected microschools.

Course Curriculum


  Getting to Work with Simple Machines - Introduction
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  What is Work?
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  Why do We Need Machines? What is Mechanical Advantage?
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  Course Evaluation
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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