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Science & Nature

Flintstones Simple Machines (FLEX)

The principles of physics can help even cavemen like Fred and Barney to do everyday things.
Karmen Paterson, B.S. Ag & Environmental Science
641 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 50 learners
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Over 4 weeks
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No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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When I was a kid, science was one of my least favorite subjects, but as an adult, it is one of my absolute favorites.  I especially love Physics because it combines science and math.  Having a son really honed my love of physics as we started testing ALL of the laws of physics... sometimes on purpose, but sometimes purely by accident.
I encourage you to improvise as you see fit so you do not have to buy much if anything at all. Most things should be easily substituted for everyday things around the house. Week 1- Experiment 1 - -Long sturdy beam of some kind. I use a piece of wood, but a broom or mop handle could work just as well. -A small can or round jar -Weighted objects. I used an 8 and a 5 lbs hand weight, but a stack of books or can of paint or anything heavy would work. - Tape to hold fulcrum in place and objects attached to lever as needed. Week 1 -Experiment 2- - 1 Bar of soap (or other light object) - 1 12 inch (approximate, does not have to be exact) sturdy beam - 1 plastic or other bag - scissors and tape - Small round object. I used a Crayola marker. - measuring device like a ruler (if you have a sturdy ruler this could also serve as your beam) -a bunch of small uniformly weighted objects like pebbles, marbles, coins, etc. Make sure they are all the same. Week 2 -Experiment 1- -Pencil -Thread spool or bobbin - piece of string about 24 inches long - make sure it's sturdy enough to hold some weight and not break - a weighted object like a coffee mug Week 2 -Experiment 2- - Carabiners (3+) - Small Rope about 3 feet long - A weighted object like a can of paint or gallon jug of milk - Something sturdy to attach carabiners to- I don't have a good suggestion for this. You might have to watch the experiment first. Week 3 -Experiment 1- - Hammer - Nail - Screw with a flat bottom (a bolt) - A block of wood. It doesn't have to be large, but make sure your nails are not longer than your wood is thick. Week 3 -Experiment 2- - A large bin of rice or dried beans or sand or small pebbles... Anything small and easy to move - a rectangle of wood - a wedge of wood Week 4 -Experiment 1- -Small wooden dowels or you could use a bunch of same size round markers or pencils - a bowl with dry beans in it - a set of wheels and a platform. I will build mine from Legos. Week 4 -Experiment 2- - 2 styrofoam balls (bigger is better, but any size will work) - A knife - a kabob stick or other straight stick with a point
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some parental assistance may be needed to help facilitate some of the experiments.


Karmen Paterson, B.S. Ag & Environmental Science
Lives in the United States
Educator, Mom, Creative Mastermind
641 total reviews
529 completed classes

About Me

Hi friends!

My name is Karmen Paterson and I am an online educator in art, graphic design, and early science. I have an Associate's of Art in Graphic Design, and Associates of Science in Economics, and a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural... 
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