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Throughout history, people have been developing tools to save time and energy using simple machines. Explore the functions of the inclined plane, screw, lever, wedge, wheel & axle, and pulley through close-up examination of the Museum's 19th century artifacts. Discover the innovations people used to make their lives easier, in a time before the development of modern technologies. 

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About This Program


Multipoint: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00

For an additional per-student fee, this program can include the supplies for children to make a paper pinwheel. Please indicate interest in this optional craft add-on at time of booking for more information.


45 minutes. Can be modified to suit your scheduling needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Teacher/coordinator must schedule a test call prior to the date of the program in order to ensure a good virtual connection and to discuss other logistics

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No refunds within 14 days of program date. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to discuss rescheduling.

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison, NJ
United States

Drawing on its rich collection, METC Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. We explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of early New Jerseyans and craftspeople with programs emphasizing the intersections of history and cultural heritage in NJ.

Hilary May
973-377-2982 ext. 12

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion of the 6 types of simple machines
2. Participants then examine and assess historic examples of simple machines from the Museum's collection
3. Participants present their observations and conclusions about the objects
4. We discuss the findings as a group and examine additional examples from the Museum's collection
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Identify and define the six kinds of simple machines.
2. Examine artifacts from the past to understand how these tools represent early technology.
3. Communicate effectively while presenting information to other participants.
4. Explain how people used simple machines to solve problems without electricity or other modern technologies.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information K-2

State Standards

New Jersey
ETS1.A: Asking questions, making observations, and gathering information are helpful in thinking about problems.
K-2-ETS1-1: Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

New Jersey
Social Studies

6.1.2.HistoryCC.3: Make inferences about how past events, individuals, and innovations affect our current lives.
6.1.5.EconNM.4: Explain how creativity and innovation resulted in scientific achievement and inventions in many cultures during different historical periods.