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Simple Machines at Sloss

Video Overview
Industry and artifacts join forces to teach students math and science concepts. A steam-powered train, formerly used to haul freight between Bessemer and Birmingham during the mid-19th century, is moved from the Alabama State Fairgrounds to Sloss Furnaces as an addition to other artifacts on site. Using two simple machines, the wheel & axle and a pulley system, students learn how these two simple machines lifted and carried the train to Sloss. >
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Alabama Course of Study

Science
Grade 2
4.) Describe observable effects of forces, including buoyancy, gravity, and magnetism.
a.)Identifying simple machines, including the inclined plane, lever, pulley, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle

Grade 3
5.) Identify the relationship of simple machines to compound machines.

Grade 8
9.) Describe how mechanical advantages of simple machines reduce the amount of force needed for work.

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Education Sponsors

IQ Learning Network
  • Alpha Foundation
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting