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Meccano Machines

Meccano Machines

Use teamwork & tools to create compound machines

Machines that really work

Students use hand tools to create simple and complex machines with Meccano during this hands-on school STEM workshop. The students learn about levers, pulleys, gear trains, inclined planes, wheels and axles whilst working in pairs or threes.

What’s it like? Well, imagine 30 students all frantically working on their Meccano build projects across your classroom floor. Teamwork, problem solving and simply using the tools are all part of the challenge – the students absolutely love it and many of them have never even heard of Meccano!

Apart from applications of science and mathematics, this workshop exposes students to the importance of following instructions and provides an avenue towards improving spatial and fine motor skills.

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076).

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (ACSHE083).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science & Technology Content Outcomes:
A student

describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

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Condell Park Public School

Enthusiastic presenter - good rapport with students. The programme (sic) was informative and age appropriate.

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Appropriate for Years 3 & 4 with a maximum of 30 students per class

10 Tables arranged around a room

Chairs are not required

Duration 2 hours (Can be tailored to fit with your school’s timetable), set up time 15 minutes and pack up time 15 minutes

The nature of this workshop means that some students will finish early whilst others will get within 3/4 of completing their machine due to varying abilities


$490 inc. GST for a 2 hour workshop.

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Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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