Author:
J BLAKE
Subject:
Science, Physical Science, STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Formative Assessment
Level:
Upper Primary, Middle School
Grade:
5, 7
Tags:
  • ECPPS STEM
  • Simple Machines
  • Stem
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Rescue the Tsum Tsum: Simple Machine Catapult

    Overview

    After learning about types of simple machines, students create one with recyclables in order to 'rescue' a small figurine by moving it 10 feet.  

    Rescue the Tsum Tsum

    Tsum Tsums are small collectable characters.  Feel free to replace with LEGO people or any other small figurine that can be 'rescued.' 

     

    Materials to use:

    -Tsum Tsums/other small figurines (legos, toy cars, army men, etc)

    -string

    -popscicle sticks

    -pipe cleaners

    -tape

    -paper clips

    -brads

    -scrap boxes

    -spoons/ forks

    -rulers/ measuring tape

    After learning about the types of simple machines, complete the following challenge activity.  Follow all directions and review the rubric! 

    simple machine challenge instructions