Winches and Conveyor Belt Stories

This activity followed on from the skills mastered in ‘Engineering with Winches and Pulleys’

The girls viewed different types of conveyor belts and how they are used

Then the girls watched a short video of making a cardboard conveyor belt.

The girls drew and planned a story first, labelling parts and materials to be used, obviously these changed as the build progressed. A scenario where a winch and conveyor belt were included in the story was their task. Using materials from the Makerspace for example: cardboard, cylinders, skewers, fabric, air-dry clay.

Below is a video of some of their creations:


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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!