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Cranking Bird


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    Community Science Workshop Network

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Cranking Bird

In this activity, learners build a mini crank machine to make a bird "fly." This engineering activity introduces learners to automata, rotational motion, cranks and cams.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 folder or thick paper
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • 1 thick wire or clothes hanger
  • 1 small sturdy box (cardboard or plastic)
  • 1 gluestick, 5/16"
  • wire cutter
  • needle nose pliers
  • utility knife
  • nail
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • ruler

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Fresno Community Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, ©2012

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