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Our Simple Machine Lab explores the time periods when each of the six basic simple machines was invented (inclined plane, wedge, lever, wheel and axle, screw, pulley) and replicates some of the same problems faced by the original innovators – from the Stone Age to the Renaissance – as we uncover the circumstances that led to the moment of creation.

As we learn about each simple machine we will build on our knowledge and skills as inventors. We will practice problem-solving and creative solutions in an arts-based, fun, collaborative environment. We take inspiration from artists who are also scientists, who will inspire the group to create their own inventions at the end of the workshop.

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