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Mega Machines - Outreach

Key info...

Learning level: Upper Key Stage 2
Location: Outreach
Workshop length: 3 hours
Availibility: On demand
Minimum Attendance: n/a

Roll up, roll up!


Life’s clowns invite you to join them in an exploration of mechanisms including; levers, pulleys and gears, with the goal of building the ultimate custard pie throwing mega machine!

This workshop uses structured scientific investigations to help students build the knowledge and understanding of mechanisms. Building the custard pie mega machine helps develop creativity, problem solving and teamwork skills, through this tinkering style activity.


What will you learn?

Curriculum Links

Science UKS2 – Year 5 - Forces
  • Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.
  • Identify the effects of air resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.

Science UKS2 – Working scientifically
  • Carrying out different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, taking repeat readings when appropriate.
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of results.

Design and Technology KS2 – Make
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials and textiles, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Design and Technology KS2 – Technical knowledge
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products (for example: gears, pulleys, and levers)

Aims and Objectives
  • Identify the forces acting on a range of circus acts and toys, including: gravity, friction and air resistance.
  • Understand how mechanisms including levers, pulleys, and gears, can change the direction a force is acting in, and also offer mechanical advantage.
  • Appreciate that mechanical advantage comes at the cost of needing the force to operate over a longer distance or time.
  • Apply a scientific and technical knowledge to new creative contexts to solve problems.
  • Practise a range of skills including: communication, team work, motor skills, problem solving, creativity, and resilience.