STEAM CURRICULUM - Simply Machines

Simply Machines is an action-packed STEAM program investigating simple and complex machines through engineering, tinker-time and collaborative art. This Maker-ed curriculum fuses basic engineering and building skills with a historical and community perspective. Simply Machines progresses from creative projects that focus on each of the 6 simple machines to the development of more complex contraptions and cool science experiments. Students explore the role of simple machines in the context of history, human invention and daily life. Throughout, students gain foundations in physics, the design process and scientific principles paired with paths for literacy and storytelling. Simply Machines is designed to align with Next Generation Science Standards and integrates well with Common Core Standards for science, math, art and literacy - all with a unique creative and interdisciplinary twist. 


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