Students are encouraged to continue building onto their mechanisms from home, after the session/s.
Session 1: The program consists of show & tell presentations with illustrative examples and demonstrations of mechanical linkages, including where they are found in machines, in nature, even in our own bodies, and how they help us do work in the world. Students will be able to identify and explain 3 types of linkages. Students engage through Q & A during the session.
Session 2: We supply the classroom kit in advance. During the session, students construct 3 types of linkages from pre-drilled craft sticks, brads, and tiny rubber bands. Additional classroom materials needed will be cardboard sheets, pencils, paper, markers, tape, and scissors.
Session 3: Students modify their linkage constructions into mechanical puppets that send messages, tell stories, or accomplish tasks.