Teachers' Notes for Mega Mechanics Print E-mail
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MEGA-MECHANICS.

Teacher's Notes © Timezones Curriculum Support Ltd. 2010

This interactive performance is aimed at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).

The performance lasts around 50 minutes and looks at Physical Processes.

These notes give you an overview of the performance so that you can plan follow-up work if you want to.

BUT PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR CLASS KNOW THE CONTENT OF THE SHOW IN ADVANCE.

 


 

THE STORY:

The children help to design a ‘Super Fairground Ride’. They suggest words to describe the movements and parts of different rides: push, pull, up & down, faster, slower, round & round, lights, sounds. Volunteers then assist with the following:


Pushing and Pulling.

The difference between pushing and pulling is looked at by moving a car, with volunteers using a rope to pull towards themselves, and a stick to push the car away.


Speeding Up, Slowing Down and Gravity.

A ‘ski-jump’ style track is used to make a ball go fast enough to fly through the air. The ball gets faster as it goes down hill, and slower as it goes up hill.


Changing Direction.

A thrown ball won’t go round a bend by itself, it only goes straight.  Something else is needed to make it go in a curve.  So a ‘swing-ball’ game is used to throw a ball in a circle.


Light.

Different sources of light are looked at to add to the ride: Sunlight, electric light and a tunnel to keep the light out and make it dark.


Sound.

A volunteer listens to different types of sounds using their ears. They try standing at different distances from the sounds to see what happens.  Sounds far away are quiet, and sounds that are close are louder.  Sound sources are added to the ride.


Electricity.

Volunteers make an electric circuit to power a motor, which will pull the cars up to the top of the ride.


Conclusion.

With the design completed, volunteers test it by pretending to be on it, making the movements of the ride to see what it feels like.  The audience watches the faces of the riders and has to decide if they were having fun!  Then the ride can be built.

 

 


 

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