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How do they work? Toying around with Windups (Bright Minds Years 3-5)

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Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

78 Bywong Street

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Toowong, QLD 4066

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How do they work? Toying around with Windups (Bright Minds Years 3-5)

You wind it up, put it on the table, and away it walks. Or jumps. Windup toys have two things in common—a spring to store energy and gears to transmit it. However, a quick look at most windup toys does not reveal either the spring or the gears, which are almost always hidden inside, as are most of the gears you use every day.

During this hands-on workshop students will reverse engineer a windup toy to see how the gears transmit motion, thus causing the output motion of the toy. They will use their own gears of different sizes to discover how, when two gears are meshed, turning one affects the rotation of the other. This lesson will also reinforce the concept of energy transfer.

Location: Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (78 Bywong Street, Toowong)

Date: Tuesday 1 May

Time: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Cost: $40.00

Capacity: 24

Students are required to wear comfortable clothes, enclosed shoes, with hair tied back, and bring a drink. All other materials are supplied.

This workshop seeks to:

  • explicitly explore the concept of connection
  • strengthen attitudes associated with making a commitment
  • provide students with the opportunity to develop self-management skills including those associated fine motor skills.

Workshop Links to the Australian Curriculum (Design and Technologies)

Years 3 and 4
Knowledge and understanding
Investigate the suitability or materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)
Processes and Production Skills
Critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to produce designed solutions (ACTDEP041)

Years 5 and 6
Knowledge and understanding
Investigate how electrical energy can control movement, sound or light in a designed product or system (ACTDEK020)
Processes and Production Skills
Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate materials, components, tools and equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions (ACTDEP024)

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