Exploring Mechanisms (40042-70)
This module teaches students how the principles of work, power, force, energy, and torque are applied in various types of mechanisms. Several hands-on experiments demonstrate how these factors make it possible to perform simple functions, like opening doors, to complex tasks, like moving boulders and houses.
Students also construct simple machines with gear trains, timing belt chains, O-ring chains, pulleys, and other devices. These activities allow them to learn first-hand how mechanical advantage is achieved with these mechanisms.