Why Machines that Bend are Better! – Simple Machines Video – Distance Learning

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Engineering doesn’t have to be complex to be beneficial and make an impact on students. Explore basic machines made from simple materials using an intriguing YouTube video (12:51 in length) from Veritasium. Students will examine compliant mechanisms or simple machines that bend. With just a few exam…

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Description

Engineering doesn’t have to be complex to be beneficial and make an impact on students. Explore basic machines made from simple materials using an intriguing YouTube video (12:51 in length) from Veritasium. Students will examine compliant mechanisms or simple machines that bend. With just a few examples, it will become clear how easily these little gadgets can make a big impact. Follow the Veritasium crew as they observe and test some of the highest tech, yet surprisingly uncomplicated mechanisms available.

Suggested Teaching Methods:

1. Pair students to watch and answer questions together.

2. Watch the video as a class, then assign questions as a follow-up activity.

3. Assign each student a question(s) to answer and share.

4. Use as a lesson plan for a substitute teacher.

5. Utilize as an extra credit or homework activity for a related topic lesson.

Student Outcomes:

1. Students will compare and contrast compliant mechanisms to fixed ones.

2. Students will identify realistic applications for compliant mechanisms.

3. Students will use STEM strategies to design their own compliant mechanism.

This lesson includes the cover page, link to the Veritasium YouTube video, student response questions to accompany the film, an answer key, and an extension activity.

Format:

– Fillable PDF for the paperless classroom or easy printing

– Video link embedded directly in the guide

– Answer key included

Teaching Time

40 minutes

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