Playground Creations

Our girls in STEMies Club have been exploring ways to incorporate simple machines into playground designs. After closely examining the six simple machines and determining where they could be utilized, the girls began designing an exciting piece of playground equipment. A chart of the six simple machines – wheel and axle, inclined plane, screw, pulley, wedge, and lever – was displayed to aid the girls in their designs. The girls utilized the axle principle to create a character with movable arms and legs so it could navigate the equipment.

The girls set about making their design with materials from the Makerspace.

We all had so much fun playing on all the playgrounds!

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!


  1. Thank you so much for all those STEM websites. I will be adding them to my Learnpath. I knew about the NASA website but had forgotten about it. The yr 6 students are doing space so this is perfect.