Spark of the Amusement Park
Grades 4-5

STEM Focus: Simple Machines

SEL Focus: Mindfulness and Collaboration

Students will be able to:

  • Internalize a growth mindset:
    1. Recognize our reactions to problems stem from relying on either our amygdala or our prefrontal cortex
    2. Recognize our habits are determined by the synaptic pathways of our brain neurons
    3. Recognize our habits can be changed; new synaptic pathways are formed when we make deliberate choices to change our thoughts and behaviors
  • Incorporate simple machines concepts into their creations:
    1. Use momentum and ramps to make gravity work for you
    2. Solve problems by redirecting force with pulleys and levers
    3. Design wheels and axles to create smooth motion
    4. Combine simple machines to create a more complex machine
Girls Showing Cardboard Creation
Spark of the Amusement Park Objectives


20-30 pieces of Each Per Student for All 10 Lessons

  • Card (Cereal Boxes, Paper Towel Rolls, File Folders, etc.)
    • Collect as Much as Possible from Parents Before Teaching
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Aluminum Foil (Arms-Length Pieces)
    • Purchase One Roll Before Teaching
  • Cotton Twine
    • Purchase One Roll Before Teaching
  • 3 oz. Dixie Cups
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Bendy Straws

2 Tools:

  • Scissors (1 Pair Per 2-3 Students)
  • .94 Inch Masking Tape (1 Roll Per 2-3 Students)

Special Materials Unique to This Module:

  • Ping Pong Balls (1 Per Student)
Spark of the Amusement Park Materials

Important: You do not need to give each child their own set of materials. Make materials available and allow students to choose their builders. The video will share any constraints about the max amount of any one material they can use.

If running the class online, parents do not need to provide all materials up front. They can add as they go. 3-5 pieces of every material per student for each challenge is sufficient. To help students stay organized and ensure they have enough materials, ask them for a picture of their materials area.

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