Name of Activity Simple Machines Mini Golf Course
Author Daniel Meer (Elissa Milto)
Keywords mini golf, create, obstacle, 1 moving part, practical design, imagination, requirements, Simple Machines, 2 Hours Total
Subject Simple Machines, Non-LEGO
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+
Time 2 Hours Total
Brief Description Have students create a mini golf course, giving each pair the task of creating a single obstacle
and hole) for the course. Must have 1 moving part.
Lesson Objectives: – Experience in practical design.
– Implementing imagination to fulfill requirements while making an interesting requirement.
Materials Needed: – Simple Machine Kits.
– Marbles (lots of marbles).
Necessary Background Go to and choose the “minigolf” game for ideas of obstacle courses and such.
It helps to show this to the students if they are old enough to turn them into practical realities
as opposed to trying to recreate life savers floating down a river.
Procedure -present project -Give groups paper to plan -Let them build -put all together, test
Extensions: – Must have 2 moving parts.
– All sections must connect together.
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