Family Science Investigates Simple Machines Can you lift your Mom or Dad?…Can you lift a table?…Can you crush an acorn? Families found out just how useful simple machines can be at our Marvelous Machines program. Who knows what a simple machine is? We read a story about one kind of simple machine…a lever! There are 6 kinds of simple machines. Let’s go check them out! A pulley can make a 6 year old stronger than two grown ups! Now, even a 2 year old can lift 2 heavy bricks if she uses a pulley! We can use a simple machine to crush acorns! Two younger siblings can lift Mom & big brother easily! What do you get when you wrap an inclined plane around a cylinder? A screw! We explore which has more holding power; a nail or a screw. A lever helps a 3 year olds lift a heavy table. A screw is what makes an anvil strong! We discover every day tools that are simple machines. Tops use a screw-like handle to turn. Did you know you can make a cool top using a CD, screw, nut and 2 washers? Inclined planes make moving heavy boxes a breeze! Pulley systems are great for sending messages! Does a wheel & axle make moving a box easier? YES! We discover just how strong screws are. Did you know a pencil point is a wedge? Two science experts show us how to make our pulleys work even harder for us. Screws hold our tops together. Did you know your arm can be a simple machine? Bend it at the elbow and its a lever! Simple machines make us look super human!