In-Class Field Trips for Grade Three Students

What is a simple machine?

Using a “hands on” approach and working in groups, students will explore force and movement.  They will conduct experiments using rollers, wheels & axles, pulleys, inclined planes, levers, screws and wedges, gears, and small model cars.  Discussion will center on force, friction and overcoming friction, the advantage of using pulleys, and (by using examples) the difference between 1st, 2nd and 3rd class levers.  The program culminates with each group applying their knowledge and the Scientific Method to explore and evaluate the 3 different drive systems in our fun, exciting model cars.

2023 Science Curriculum Links:

Energy:  How can forces relate to changes in movement?
Scientific Method: How can investigation help to deepen understanding in science?

Field Trip Information:

Cost (does not include GST): $243.34 per session.

Number of Adult Helpers Required: 6
The field trip can’t happen without them. Check out our FAQ page for hints on where to find your helpers.

Field Trip Length: 2 hours (we will be working through recess)
Facilitator will arrive approximately ½ hour before start time for set up.

Room Requirements

  • 5 or 6 large tables with chairs for the groups to work around (one for each group).
  • 1 large table or counter space for our materials.
  • Access to a whiteboard or chalkboard.

Other Expectations

  • Please have helpers arrive 10 minutes before start time for briefing.