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Pulleys and Gears: Wonderful Machines

Pulleys and Gears: Wonderful Machines

With gear trains and model cranes, students explore the ingenuity of the simple machines that make our lives easier.

Program Description:

In this program, students

  • discover why pulleys, gears, the wheel, and the axle are such clever inventions, and how they reduce the force required to do work
  • build gear trains using hands-on activity boards
  • create a block and tackle using model cranes to lift a heavy weight with minimal effort
  • examine various applications of these devices as they discover pulleys and gears in everyday objects


Canada Aviation and Space Museum (11 Aviation Parkway).

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Teacher Tips:

Preview the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for free at any time by showing proof of your teaching status at the Admission desk. After registering, you’ll receive a pre-visit package to help plan your visit.


$7 per student (minimum fee $140)
Fees include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.

Fees may be prepaid or paid upon arrival by cash, credit card, or cheque (payable to the Canada Science and Technology Museum).

Cancellations require 48 hours notice. A $30 administration fee applies unless the program is rescheduled within the same school year.


Reserve this program at least one month in advance.

Online: Online reservation form
Telephone: 613-991-3053 or 1-866-442-4416 (toll free)
Fax: 613-993-7923

Space is limited — reserve today!

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