Lesson 2: Fixing broken wheels

Children are shown a range of examples of wheels that don’t work and have to use their problem solving skills to diagnose the problems

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying what stops wheels from turning

  • Knowing that a wheel needs an axle in order to move

  • Fixing a design so that the wheel can move

  • Using appropriate vocabulary to describe which parts are moving or not

Lesson Plan

Fixing broken wheels
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