A model of Leonardo da Vinci's cannon machine.
More on da Vinci's works.
Leonardo da Vinci's inventions & sketch-books.
Leonardo da Vinci's sketch-book page showing how gears transfer motion from one direction to another.
Define a machine
literal – some implement or functionally operating device with moving parts
figurative – a well ordered system and a working relation among dependent, moving parts
machinery as related to automation
A static model of a machine's basic parts.
|A web site showing how different machinery operates.|
The little engine that may well work --- today
An exercise for kids of all ages to understand connections. Divide the class into ten parts. Have each group move in a different way to exemplify these parts of a machine in motion.
10 roles of machinery:
Parts of the engine | motions
Fuel tank | sitting
fuel pump | pumping action
battery | hiss, clap and move in a jump
wires to rotor | stretch and turn
Spark Plugs | snap finger 0r clap hands
Piston | deep knee bends,
flywheel | move arms in a circle
throttle | bend at the waste
exhaust | run in place
Muffler | isometric exercise
Steam engine -- double acting:
Aircraft piston & power steering:
Who was Leonardo da Vinci?
Overview of the class | Time line
Tools of Toil: what to read. Tools are historical building blocks of technology.
Pursell | Pacey | Postman | Snow | Kaku | compare authors
Ancient technology | web of relations | site map | technology defined