|Name of Activity||Inclined Planes|
|Keywords||inclined planes, ramps, lego, simple machines, found materials|
|Subject||Simple Machines, LEGO Building|
|Grade Level||4, 5|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will practice building inclined planes of all sorts (tubes, ramps, tilts) in order to have a ball object roll across the table/space.|
|Lesson Objectives:||Use engineering design process to work and collaborate in groups efficiently.
Introduce students to building inclined planes and inspire creativity for the future rube goldberg final project.
|Materials Needed:||found materials, legos, any classroom materials that seem helpful, tape, poster board, cardboard.|
|Preparation and Set Up:||Spend about five-ten minutes gathering groups and encouraging brainstorming before building. Provide each group an NXT kit for lego parts, tape, and poster board/cardboard.|
|Necessary Background||Inclined planes, slopes, speed, force|
|Extensions:||Tell students to use more than 2-3 inclined planes.
Have students incorporate a previous activity (an other simple machine) into their works.
|Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)||Simple Machines|