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!