Gears Tinker Set

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What happens when gears are connected? Do they rotate together, at the same speed, direction or with similar force? Truly experience gears through this activity; growing understanding through tinkering, experimentation and even engineering amusement park rides.

This activity comes with downloadable engineering challenges and optional labs. Optional activities teach about fractions, ratios, proportions and mechanical advantage.

This activity was updated 10/29/2020! If you ordered before this date, The TeacherGeek Maker Tool Set is required for construction.


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Age Range

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18+

Customize this activity for the highlighted ages with tons of free labs and challenges!

This is an educational product and not a toy. Adult supervision is required.

Documents

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Set Up Guide:
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Get started with Gears by creating your base and adding gear shafts. Once this part is done, use and re-use your base and gears year-after-year for different labs and challenges!
Fraction Lab:
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Students use gears as a manipulative to learn about fractions. Covers all 3rd grade CCSS fraction standards; recommended for Grades 3-4.
Ratio & Proportion Lab:
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Students investigate gear ratios, proportions, and how the number of gears affects the direction they spin. Recommended for Grades 6-8.
Mechanical Advantage Reference Sheet:
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Students feel mechanical advantage and have the option of calculating it. This is a great resource to use concurrently with a challenge.
Obstacle Course Challenge:
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Students design a moving, spinning obstacle course! Recommended for Grades 1-3.
Kinetic Sculpture Challenge:
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Students use gears to make interactive art or dioramas. Recommended for Grades 1-5.
Amusement Park Challenge:
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Students design as many amusement park rides as possible. Recommended for Grades 3-8.
Engineering Notebook:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.
Mechanical Advantage Reference Sheet:
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Students feel mechanical advantage and have the option of calculating it. This is a great resource to use concurrently with a challenge.

Other Resources:

Classroom Overview:
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See the CCSS for Math, CCSS for ELA, and NGSS standards, plus a couple tips to help get you started in your classroom.
Mechanical Advantage Reference Sheet:
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Students feel mechanical advantage and have the option of calculating it. This is a great resource to use concurrently with a challenge.
STEAM Market-It Challenge:
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Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

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Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

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Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

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TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

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You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

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