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STEMonstrations Simple Machines



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8


Engineering Design, Life Science, Physical Science, Technology, Living and Working in Space, Microgravity, Space Station


Lesson Plans / Activities, Videos

In this episode, watch NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough as he discusses the six types of simple machines and shows how astronauts aboard the International Space Station use simple and compound machines to complete their mission. Can you think of how simple machines might be used differently in microgravity? Watch this episode to learn how simple and compound machines play an integral role in living and working 250 miles above Earth.

Classroom Connection: Simple Machines

Grade Level: 3-5

Time Required: 60 minutes

Next Generation Science Standards:

3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.