Models and Machines

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For this challenge, you will put your engineering and building skills to the test! You could build a model of a monument, building, sculpture, a machine that moves, sorts items, pulley systems, conveyor belts, etc. – pretty much anything using any materials!

key terms

lever: (noun) bar or board that rests on a support like a seesaw. A downward force on one end of the bar makes it easier to raise the other end

inclined plane: (noun) sloping surface used for raising heavy bodies. it is easier to push a heavy object up a slope than to lift it

screw: (noun) cylindrical device with a spiral rib. used to connect objects together or carry objects upwards

wedge: (noun) triangular prism shaped block frequently made of wood or metal. used for transferring energy sideways, for example splitting logs with a axe


design a solution

generate an idea

What is the prompt you selected? How can you complete this task? What else could you add to bring more creativity and originality?

design and build a prototype

What other materials could you use to build? Is your model to scale? If you made a machine, is it a working prototype or just a model?

share your idea

Film a short (Max 2 min video) pitch of your invention. Include details like who is it for, what problem does it solve, etc. Have fun! Upload/share your video to twitter, facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us!

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