< Return to Learning Labs

Simple Machines 1: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys

Get a grip on the physics of simple machines. Students will explore the force of friction and its impact on machines, lift themselves up with pulleys, experience the power of levers, experiment with gears, and more! DCM Lab Specialists will guide students through an engaging study of the seven simple machines. Students will discover how simple machines make work easier, faster, or both. Students will work in cooperative groups at hands-on exhibit stations to draw conclusions from their observations of simple machines at work. This process learning is a powerful way to help students integrate concrete objects with the abstract concepts of force and work.


Addresses Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

  • Forces and Interactions
  • Provides a solid base for the understanding of the simple machines

Dive in deeper with Simple Machines 2: Simple Machines In Action Exhibit-To-Go!Click here for details.

  • Grades 1 – 8
Lab Time
  • 1.5 Hours
Pricing per Learning Lab
  • 1 class | day: $235

    2 classes* | day: $445

    3 classes* | day: $640

*Must be same Learning Lab


Madalyn McLean
Education Booking Coordinator
630.637.8000 x6150

Request A Reservation

To request a reservation, please fill out the form below. If you prefer by phone, please call 630.637.8000.

Request this learning lab at your school.

School/Group Contact Information

Contact Person Information

Request Information

example (26/28/30)
Choose the Learning Lab you are requesting.
Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

Learning Lab Information

Please enter a number from 1 to 30.
Please enter a number from 1 to 30.

School Programs are Sponsored By: