Unit of Instruction

Compound Machines

Middle School
Targeted Grade Level
6th - 8th

In this unit, students use a remote-controlled robot to create different types of mechanisms and compound machines.  Students learn how to create and convert motion as they explore linkages, gears, cams, and more!  

Included Lessons
  1. Unit Overview
  2. The Maker ROK-Bot
  3. Creating & Converting Motion
  4. Links & Linkages
  5. Gears & Gear Trains
  6. Compound Machines
  7. Unit Assessment
Mobile STEM Lab Requirement
Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM Lab
Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab
NGSS Learning Dimensions


Scientific & Engineering Practices

  • Developing and using models

  • Asking questions and defining problems

  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns

  • Structure and function

  • Systems and system models

  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation

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