School Programs 2018-2019

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Program Description

We can use all kinds of simple machines to help us move heavy loads. Students are challenged to move a heavy object using wheels and axles, ramps and pulleys. They also need to determine how to place a fulcrum in a see-saw to perfectly balance two loads. Finally, students experiment with creative solutions to move their heavy load, using as many different simple machines as possible.

Curriculum Links

Grade 2 Science and Technology –
Understanding Structures
and Mechanisms: Movement
Cycle 2
Science and Technology –
Material World: Systems and Interactions

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links: Ontario  Quebec (PDF, 182 KB)

Teacher Tips

Make name tags to help the museum educator build rapport with students. Students may bring a lunch or purchase one from the museum’s café.

Teachers may preview the museum free of charge at any time, by presenting proof of their teaching status at the admission desk.

Consider familiarizing your group with our site by downloading a PDF document and PowerPoint presentation available below.


$9 per student.
A minimum fee of $135 will be charged per group.


To reserve this program, please complete the online reservation request form.

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