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SIMPLE MACHINES - TEACHING RESOURCES

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Watch JIWI'S MACHINES with your class. It's guaranteed to get them science-obsessed! Each episode has a bunch of SCIENCE EXTRAS: videos that explain the simple machines involved, and PDFs detailing classroom activities. Download all 16 right here to create one hands-on, action-packed, memorable teaching unit. For very best results, use these resources in chronological order!

All teaching support material created by our in-house educator-extraordinaire BRIGITTE GLASSON. The science content in Jiwi's Machines relates to the Physical World Achievement Aims of the New Zealand Curriculum.



EPISODE 1 - CRUMBS!

SCIENCE LESSONS

Luke Explains
FUN WITH KNOTS

Different knots have different uses. Learn how to tie a reef knot or a bow.

Key Concept: KNOT TYPES

Slow Motion
TOAST POP

Watching Jiwi’s toast pop in slow motion demonstrates two simple machines: the Inclined Plane and the Lever.

Key Concepts: INCLINED PLANE, LEVER

Luke Explains
NEWTON'S CRADLE

The Newton’s Cradle is a terrific way of demonstrating some key ideas about energy and motion.

Key Concept: ENERGY TRANSFER

Jiwi Demonstrates
TOAST BITE

Jiwi tries adding different weights to his wheel. Which one will create the perfect motion for him to bite some toast?

Key Concepts: WHEEL & AXLE



EPISODE 2 - IT HAS A VIRUS!

SCIENCE LESSONS

Luke Explains
CENTRE OF GRAVITY

What makes things fall over? Jiwi explores the center of gravity of books and vases.

Key Concept: CENTRE OF GRAVITY

Luke Explains
CUP FRICTION

Why do cups slide more slowly than balls? Learn about FRICTION with Jiwi and Luke!

Key Concept: FRICTION

Slow Motion
BOUNCE

Watch objects bounce in slow motion! What makes them go higher?

Key Concepts: ENERGY TRANSFER, ELASTICITY

Luke Explains
PULLEY POWER

Combining pulleys can make lifting heavy objects much easier!

Key Concept: PULLEYS



EPISODE 3 - CHANGING THE LIGHTBULB

SCIENCE LESSONS

Luke Explains
THE LEVER

How levers work, and how to use them to lift Jiwi with one hand.

Key Concept: LEVER

Luke Explains
THE WHEEL AND AXLE

The wheel and axle reduces friction dramatically for this cool hair-dryer-powered car.

Key Concept: WHEEL & AXLE

SEE-SAW SURPRISE

What happens when someone is pushed off the end of a see-saw? It becomes OUT OF BALANCE.

Key Concept: BALANCE

Slow Motion
DIRT POUR

Pulleys can be rigged to move delicate objects long distances.

Key Concept: PULLEYS



EPISODE 4 - RECIPE FOR DISASTER

SCIENCE LESSONS

Jiwi Demonstrates
DOMINOES

Use this simple trick to make a chocolate bar push over a human being.

Key Concept: ENERGY TRANSFER

Slow Motion
FAN PUSHES GOBSTOPPER

A giant gobstopper is pushed by a wooden spoon attached to a fan. It’s a complex machine made from simple machines!

Key Concepts: SIMPLE MACHINES / COMPLEX MACHINES

Luke Explains
AIR FORCE

Jiwi and Luke discover why different objects are blown more easily by a fan.

Key Concepts: SURFACE AREA, AIR, FLIGHT

Luke Explains
THE INCLINED PLANE

Jiwi is trying to lift heavy pot plants onto a shelf. Luke has an idea to make it much easier - use an inclined plane!

Key Concept: INCLINED PLANE



BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Tips from Joseph
Using all your experiences, knowledge and creativity, design and build a complex machine using simple machines.

Key Concepts: SIMPLE MACHINES, COMPLEX MACHINES