Simple Machines Mini Golf Course





Name of Activity

Simple Machines Mini Golf Course


Daniel Meer (Elissa Milto)


mini golf, create, obstacle, 1 moving part, practical design, imagination, requirements, Simple Machines, 2 Hours Total


Simple Machines, Non-LEGO

Grade Level

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+


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.


-present project -Give groups paper to plan -Let them build -put all together, test


– Must have 2 moving parts.

– All sections must connect together.

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