Simple Machines Summer Camp for Grades 4-6

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Mechanical Engineering Discovery

Let creativity run wild with a thrilling investigation of mechanical engineering! Starting with step-by-step, hands-on STEM builds to introduce each of the simple machines, learners work towards more advanced concepts as they construct their own creative machines. They investigate levers, pulleys and inclined planes in each of the 12, one-hour lessons.

Get ready to enhance critical thinking skills by immersing learners in every stage of the engineering design process. With built-in reflections and reusable manipulatives, they’ll discover the importance of engineering and be amazed at the structures they design in this collaborative enrichment experience.

Grades: 4-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+

Subject Targets:

Technology, Engineering Design

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer Camps
  • Classrooms
  • Before & After-School Programs

Each Activity Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Materials List
  • Opening & Closing Discussion
  • Step-By-Step Build Instructions
  • Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
  • Optional Engineering Challenge

Curriculum Topics:

  1. Building Skills
  2. 1st Class Levers
  3. 2nd Class Levers
  4. 3rd Class Levers
  5. Wheel and Axle
  6. Fixed Pulleys
  7. Moveable Pulleys
  8. Inclined Planes
  9. Wedge
  10. Worm Gear
  11. Complex Machines
  12. Design the Ultimate Machine


Simple Machines comes with all the supplies needed for 30 students to complete 12 one-hour activities:

  • Instructor Guide: 1
  • Student Build Books: 8
  • Storage Tubs: 4
  • Bag of Rubberbands: 1
  • Inserts (for organizing parts): 8
  • Universal II fischertechnik® Kits: 8

Curriculum Printed Copy Includes:

  • Instructor Guide: 1
  • Student Build Books: 8

Curriculum Digital Download Includes:

Instructor Guide only, which includes master copies of all student pages.

Customer Quotes

“Great of the best curriculum's out there, great help for teaching our video class”

- Christine R., Principal, Trinity Lutheran School, Kalispell, MT

“Screenwriting was awesome, our kids really loved these activities. It was also really nice to provide such a creative curriculum that addresses the standards in such a fun way.”

- Heather S., Director, After School, City of Fairfield, CA

“Having taught at the high school and college level, I was impressed with this curriculum. The materials and guidance were well put together and very thoughtful.”

- Michael L., Artist, Shea After School, Syracuse, NY

“This amazing program has enabled my students to comprehend the process of forensic science as well as the sophisticated vocabulary encompassed in the program's lessons.”

- Erica T., Freehold Public Schools, Freehold, NJ

“This is a well organized course that I would highly recommend to other programs.”

- Chad S., Teacher, School #18, Buffalo, NY

“The program is awesome! I’m doing it as part of an after school enrichment time. Our kids really enjoy the projects and it’s wonderful to use as everything is provided.”

- Karen S.,Teacher, Olympic Middle School, WA

“This is the perfect kind of activity for afterschool. It’s fun; students learn by getting involved. Everybody wants to be a part of it!”

- Kim L., Program Leader, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo NY

“They love it…it’s awesome. Kids are dying to get in it!”

- Audrey A., Teacher, Clifford Marshall Elementary School, Quincy, MA

“The Missing Money Mystery was very easy to follow. The children had such a great time at it, we even allowed our group to re-enact the entire mystery. This mystery was fantastic, and we are looking forward to our next exercise!”

- Jackie. J., Director/Detective, Hempstead P.A.L., Hempstead, NY

“The students were engaged and enjoyed the experiments. The story keeps the activities meaningful and provided an interested way to connect Florida Standards. The teacher’s manual was easy to follow and materials in the kits made it very convenient for set up. Overall, this is a great thing to do in afterschool and during the summer!”

- Betty C., Teacher, Genesis Center, Leesburg FL

“Playing with Percussion offers an exciting doorway to exploring percussion, communication skills and learning about different cultures.”

- Sheila K., Site Leader, Accord Corp, Youth Services Division, Belfast NY

“Our kids enjoyed making their own instruments, especially sanding. Playing all those grooves at the end was a lot of fun!”

- Nina P., Music teacher, Napa, CA

“The Cookie Jar Mystery was such a big hit at the middle school…which has been tough.”

- Charlie E., Teacher, Lexington County Schools, SC

“The Cookie Jar Mystery went really well, the kids talked about it for weeks. They were very excited and intrigued with the hands-on activities and I really enjoyed teaching it!”

- Brook T.,Teacher, Lincoln Middle Schools, TN