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Erie Canal Simple Machine Challenge

Erie Canal Simple Machine Challenge

Engineering Design Lab

Simple Machines to the rescue! It's time to clear the path to make way for the Erie Canal, but we need your team to build a “stump puller.” Combine levers, pulleys, gears and more to create an engineering marvel capable of extracting stumps out of the ground. Tailored to grade level


Subjects: Engineering & Design, Physical Sciences, Technology & Applications of Science
Program Type: Engineering Design Lab
Supporting Curriculum Materials:

Educator Guide Essential Questions Making the Most of Your Visit Correlation to Standards Facilitation (What to Expect, Floor Map) Glossary Resources

NYS Standards:
  • DCI: ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
  • ETS1..B Developing Possible Solution
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
  • PS2.A Forces and Motion
  • 4.6 Westward Movement and Industrialization

Where is it?

Museum & Science Center

When is it?

Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Start Date: 09/07/2022
End Date: 06/22/2023
Program Length: 60 min.
Earliest Start Time: 9am

Who Should Attend?

Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Maximum Attendence: 25

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $10 per person; PLUS: $5 Additional per person charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free
  • In-Person Lunch Fee: $30 per classroom needed, students required to bring bag lunch or pre-purchase café lunches at $7/person

Minimum Student Charge: $15

How To Book?

Call: 585.697.1942
Reservation Lead Time: 3 Wks

Need More Information?

Name: Member & Visitor Services
Phone: 585.697.1942

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