We are continuing our unit on Simple Machines! This time, we are focusing specifically on Simple Machine Science Projects: Pulleys! That’s right! We used our own pulley to learn the different ways in which a pulley can help us make work easier. Come see!
Simple Machine Science Projects: Pulleys
A pulley is a simple machine that uses a wheel, an axle and a chain or rope. A pulley makes work easier because it helps lifting or moving objects with less effort. Making simple machines isn’t hard at all. All we needed was a wheel and axle, a hook and a rope.
A pulley can be attached to a higher point and move an object from a lower place to a higher place. An example of using a pulley to lift an object (higher point) would be pulling a bucket out of a well. Another example of using a pulley to lift an object (higher point) would be using a ski lift to go up a mountain.
A pulley can be attached to a fixed point and move an object horizontally from one place to another location. An example of using a pulley horizontally to move an object would be a zip line where a person slides from one point to another. An example of using a pulley horizontally to move an object would be a clothes line where a person slides the rope from one point to another.
This simple machine is a pulley. We used it to make both the higher point and the horizontal ways of using the pulley. It was a lot of fun having the kids learn how to do it and then take over to try it themselves. We learned a lot and wanted to do more!
Science Curriculum for Kids
The pulley and rope that we used for these fun Science experiments came in our awesome Science curriculum. It is called Nancy Laron Science. We have been using it for a couple of years and we love every single lesson! It is very user-friendly for parents and very engaging for kids. We are currently doing Nancy Larson Science 2, which is the set that you see in the image below.
Simple Machines Resources
Simple Machines (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Simple Machines – Set of 5Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and PulleysIgnition Series Physics Simple MachinesThe Kids’ Book of Simple Machines: Cool Projects & Activities that Make Science Fun!Early Simple Machines for Kindergarten STEM by LEGO Education DUPLO
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